Down on the farm

Festival celebrates local food producers

The 14th annual FarmFolkCityFolk Feat of Fields is taking place at Marley Farm in Saanicton, Sun. Sept. 18.

For fans of locally-produced food and drink, there’s no better time of year on the Island than the fall. The harvest season produces a vast cornucopia of delicious treats, from fresh produce, to free-range poultry, to some of the best wines in the province, if not the country (no bias here, we swear).

There’s no shortage of places to enjoy those treats either. Autumn is prime food festival time, and the 14th annual FarmFolkCityFolk Feast of Fields is no exception.

“I call it a four-hour gourmet wandering harvest festival,” says organizer Melanie Banas. “People arrive at the farm — and it’s a different farm every year — they line up and there’s musicians serenading them in. They get their wine glass and their napkin and then they stroll around the farm for the next four hours.”

This year’s setting is Marley Farm in Saanichton. Banas says part of what sets Feast of Fields apart from other culinary festivals is the opportunity for people to see for themselves some of the places where their food is produced.

“It’s so important for people to look that farmer or that chef or that beekeeper in the eye and see that they’re really important, and should be revered in our society because they’re producing healthy food to eat,” says Banas. “Really, what’s more important than that?”

Over 60 food and beverage makers are on the docket for this year’s event. Among them are a number of first-time participants, including Fruition Paletas and Fernwood’s Kulu restaurant. Kulu co-owner Weihan (Hank) Kao sees the festival as a prime opportunity to open the public’s eyes to the many ways of using local ingredients.

“We want to change the image of Asian food to one that uses local products, not just imported products,” Kao says.

Each booth will offer one or two bite-sized samples of their best offerings (Kulu is planning an Asian pizza using local pork, chicken and vegetables). And there will be plenty of options with which to wash them down, provided by participants like Muse Winery, Moon Under Water Brewery and Silk Road Tea.

“It’s becoming a big thing now to eat locally,” says Banas. “When we started this event it was somewhat challenging to find a restaurant that was already using local food. This year I don’t think I had to tell one person that their menu wasn’t on the right track.”

Feast of Fields happens Sun., Sept. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Marley Farm (1831 Mount Newton X Road). Tickets cost $85 for adults, $15 for kids ages seven to 12, and children under six are free. The event is nearly sold out. Tickets are available at feastoffields.com. M

 

Ryan Flaherty

Just Posted

Roller skating fever taking over Greater Victoria

Roller Skate Victoria offers workshops, summer camps and more

Learn about a life of luxury at Victoria’s historic Point Ellice House

New political exhibit part of grand reopening at the House this weekend, July 20-21

World of electronic musical wonders await at long weekend festival

Wonderment ambient/downtempo music festival slips into bridge plaza, Banfield Park Aug. 3-4

Solid foundation key to Charles Porlier’s longevity as a TV/film makeup artist

Learn to KRE8 from experts in the world of makeup, voice acting, animation and more, Aug. 9-18

A passing of the torch for Victoria’s rock music history archives

Royal City Music Project co-founder Glenn Parfitt wants valuable cultural material preserved

VIDEO: Reports say Lashana Lynch is the new 007

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Bond one last time

Fashionable ode to the sea goes Friday at Fort Common

Local sustainable fashion retailers to strut their latest as part of ocean conservation fundraiser

Brentwood Bay brings $5 concerts every Wednesday evening

Variety of music on offer: picnics, good vibes and family friendly

Schitt’s Creek and its stars among Canadians with Emmy nominations

Co-creator Eugene Levy thought they had chance for one nomination, ‘then they kept rolling in’

Most Read