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Feast on, Ottawa: These harvest events celebrate the best in local food

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

 

(Photo: Joan, via Flickr) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ca/

(Photo: by Joan, via Flickr)
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You could call it summer, or you could call it a non-stop feast that celebrates local food in the Ottawa region, the farmers who grow it and the chefs who prepare it. Here are some of the events you can sample over the next two months.

Double Dig It, Alfresco Dining in the Field – August 16

Enjoy a multi-course dinner that showcases certified biodynamic* food grown on Elm Tree Farm, prepared by the same group of Ottawa chefs who produced last year’s popular menu, and accompanied by local wines. The all-day event also includes a farm tour and tapas tastings served in the garden.

*Biodynamics refers to a method of organic farming that treats soil fertility, plant growth and livestock care as ecologically inter-connected. 

When:                                  Sat., Aug 16, 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Where:                                Elm Tree Farm, 45 min west of Perth

Cost:                                      $150 (incl. bus transportation from Ottawa, food, wine and tips)

Info & tickets:                doubledigit.elmtreefarm.ca/Double_Dig_It.html

Savour Ottawa Harvest Table – August 17

Hosted by Savour Ottawa, this is one of the city’s biggest culinary events and involves a multi-course, family-style luncheon, with ingredients from local farmers prepared by Ottawa’s finest chefs.

Regular admission includes lunch and two drinks from some of the region’s best, newest craft breweries and wineries. Locally sourced non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Tickets can only be purchased in advance — not at the door – and buy them now because this event always sells out!

Savour Ottawa is looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event. If you’re interested, contact info@justfood.ca with the subject line: Volunteer for Harvest Table 2014.

When:                                  Sunday, Aug 17, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Where:                                Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Brewer Park

Info:                                     savourevents@justfood.ca

Ttickets:                           www.eventbrite.ca/e/savour-ottawa-harvest-table-2014-tickets-11590131395

Saunders Family Farm Dinner No. 2 – August 21

This is the second of several local dinners being organized by Saunders Family Farm. The all-local menu will include a classic pig roast, corn on the cob, fresh salads and seasonal fruit grumble with ice cream, as well as local craft beers and craft VQA wines from Ontario.

When:                                  Thursday, Aug 21 -5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Where:                                Saunders Farm, Bleeks Road, Munster

Cost:                                      $25 for adults; $15 for kids

Info & tickets:                www.saundersfarm.com/summer/events

Barns, Farms and Wicked Chefs – August 23

Stroll the grounds and historic barns of the EcoTay Farm and sample food prepared by renowned Lanark County chefs at 10 different stations.

The event is a fundraiser for Perth’s The Table Community Food Centre, an innovative food bank that brings people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food.

When:                                 Saturday, Aug 23, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where:                                EcoTay Farm, 10 min west of Perth

Cost:                                     $100 (incl $70 tax receipt but no beer or wine)

Info:                                      http://thetablecfc.org

Tickets:                              www.ticketsplease.ca

Feast of FieldsSeptember 21

Presented by the regional chapter of Canadian Organic Growers (COG), Feast of Fields 2014 will showcase Ontario and Québec’s organic foods, wines and beers. Three top chefs will join forces with local organic producers and growers to create delicious tapas-size tastings you can pair with organic wines and beer. While you’re there, chat with chefs and organic producers, and enjoy live music.

Feast of Fields 2014 is a key fundraiser for COG Ottawa’s flagship programs Growing Up Organic (see my recent post

on GUO) and Senior Organic Gardeners.

When:                                  September 21, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where:                                Moulin Wakefield Mill, Wakefield, Québec

Price:                                    $80/person; tickets go on sale Aug 13, 2014

Info/tickets:                    www.feastoffields.ca

Harvest Noir Secret Picnic – September 27

This edgy harvest ball extravaganza combines a pop-up picnic and dance party to celebrate local farms and food in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. Dressed creatively in black, people assemble at a secret urban location in Ottawa for the picnic, then dance the night away at a top venue. Harvest Noir includes a participatory fashion show, flash mobs and more. In the process, it raises funds for BioRegional North America, an initiative that promotes low-carbon lifestyles in existing city buildings.

When:                         Saturday, Sept 27, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Where:                        Undisclosed for now

Cost:                            TBA

Info:                            www.harvestnoir.com

Tickets:                    Not yet on sale

 

What local harvest events are you attending this season?

 

 

Celebrating Ottawa’s summer harvest: farmers’ markets, food festivals, gourmet tours and picnic pop-up’s

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Photo by Lorna Rande (Flickr)

Besides hot weather and non-stop music festivals, summer in Ottawa means an explosion of local produce and food celebrations across the city. Visit farmers’ markets for just-picked fruit and veggies. Dine at open-air picnics where Ottawa’s chefs prepare dishes using fresh local ingredients. Tour regional farms and food artisans. Learn to forage for wild edibles.

Not only will you enjoy the best food Ottawa has to offer, you’ll help support the local food economy and learn more about how the region feeds itself. Here’s a taste of what’s coming up over the next six weeks.

Harvest events

Partnering with local farmers, some of the Ottawa region’s finest chefs prepare unique dishes from seasonal local ingredients for family-style dining. Participating restaurants include Beckta Dining and WineCourtyard RestaurantFairmont Château Laurier and Thyme and Again Creative Catering, among others.

Tickets start at $75/person and are available at Event Brite and the Ottawa Farmers Market. VIP tickets ($90) cover cocktails and appetizers, and a tour of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market by C’est Bon Cooking.

  • Harvest Noir Secret Picnic, September 7, 5 p.m.

Described by media as a game-changer when it burst on the Ottawa scene a few years ago, the Harvest Noir Secret Picnic is a pop-up foodie and social happening whose location is announced at the last minute. In the past, as many as 1,500 people have attended to celebrate local food and farms, strut their stuff in black vintage clothing, dance, and enjoy the spectacle of flash mobs and a pop-up parade.  The event is modeled on similar picnics in Europe, New York City and Montréal.

Tickets range from about $37 to $57 and can be ordered online. 

Food markets 

  • Farmers’ markets

In full swing right now, many will remain open until October/November. Others, such as the Byward Market and the Savour Ottawa Parkdale Field House, are open year-round. Check here for a full list of urban and village markets in the Ottawa region. For tips on how to shop smarter at the farmers’ market, read my May post.

  • Good Food Markets, summer

These community non-profits sell good quality, affordably priced fruits, vegetables and dried goods in neighbourhoods that don’t have farmers’ markets or food stores nearby.  For information about dates and locations, go to www.facebook.com/OttawaGoodFoodMarkets or contact Kaitrin Doll at kaitrin.doll@ofcrc.org

Food festivals 

The herbfest is geared to gardeners, foodies, environmentalists, families, artists and entrepreneurs who are interested in healthy living alternatives. Highlights will include live music, local food producers and a chef cook-off, hosted by Debbie Trenholm of The Savvy Company. Buy tickets in advance ($4 per person/$12 per family) or at the gate.

  • Garlic festivals, August 10-11, Carp and Perth

Sample different types of garlic from a variety of producers, see cooking demonstrations and check out other food vendors and artisans at the Carp Garlic Festival or the Perth Lions Garlic Festival.

Tours and walks 

  • Wild garden plant walk, August 7, 17, 21

Learn how to identify, use, harvest, process and store safe, common wild plants. Walks are led by Amber Westfall, founder of The Wild Garden and a start-up farmer with Just Food. Tickets cost $20 for a single walk and $15 for multiple walks. Sign up online or contact Amber.

The day’s agenda includes trips to three organic farms: Arc Acres Farm (vegetables, beef and pork), Grazing Days Farm (beef) and vegetable farm Roots and Shoots (to be confirmed). Go to the COG website for more info or send an email to register.  Instead of admission fees, COG encourages donations to help support its educational programs.

  • Just Food’s 7th Annual Urban Agriculture Bike Tour, August 25

This relaxed-pace 12 km bike ride will take you to five of the city’s more than 30 community gardens where coordinators will share their garden experiences and answer questions. For more info or to sign up, send an email (cgnstudent@justfood.ca) or call Agathe Moreau at 613-699-6850 (x12). Tickets are $5 each. 

Get a taste of Ottawa’s varied culinary scene by visiting farmers’ markets, and chefs and food artisans in neighbourhoods such as Westboro, the Glebe, Hintonburg, Preston Street and rue Eddy. Tours start at $40 plus taxes.

What’s your favourite way to celebrate Ottawa’s summer harvest?