Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast tickets on sale

The Fifth Annual Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast
Saturday, September 21, 2013 | Main Hall, Saanich Fairground
Supported by the North & South Saanich Agricultural Society and the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association

The fifth annual “Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast” will be held at the Saanich Fairground on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  This annual community celebration of Peninsula food and farms features contributions from local farms – virtually all food has been grown or raised on the Saanich Peninsula within 10 km of the Saanich Fairground (with the exception of cranberries from Yellow Point).

The event will open with a wine and cider tastings from local vineyards and cideries. Celebrants will enjoy a hearty seasonal feast, followed by scrumptious desserts showcasing the diversity of fruit grown on the Peninsula – including magical lemon meringue pies made from North Saanich lemons. And, of course, the feast would not be complete without heavenly fresh–pressed apple juice from Farmer Phil!

This is a not-for-profit community event designed to be as affordable as possible for families and seniors, in order to encourage more people to use locally-grown foods in their everyday diets. This year, the focus is youth in agriculture, and net proceeds from the event will be donated to the 4-H. Local 4-H clubs make a  significant volunteer contribution to the Harvest Feast. Ticket prices are: Adults $25, children (12 and under), $10; a BYOP (“Bring Your Own Plate” – bring your own table setting) option is offered at $25 and $7. Tickets are on sale at Breadstuffs Bakery (Brentwood Bay), Fresh Cup Roastery Café (Saanichton) and The Roost Farm Centre (North Saanich). Get your tickets soon, as the event sells out quickly!

Photo by Erin Campbell.

The dinner strives to be a “zero-waste” event through recycling and composting. Food wastes are collected during food preparation and after dinner, and offered to several lucky local pigs. BYOP diners should bring their own kitchen dishes and clean them afterwards, or consider alternatives to paper plates, since they compost down much slower than other types, like bamboo. BYOP dishes should also be able to handle lots of hot food and steaming gravy!

The Feast is also looking for energetic volunteers to help with setup, food service and cleanup. Interested individuals should call 250-812-1312 or email feast@islandfarmfresh.com.

The event is supported by the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association and the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society.  The main course will be prepared by Zanzibar Café (Brentwood Bay). Other local restaurants and bakeries contribute by preparing desserts. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m.  For more information on the Harvest Feast, call 250-812-1312 or visit www.islandfarmfresh.com/harvestfeast.

Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast

Saturday, September 21, 2012
Doors open at 5 p.m. | Dinner served at 5:30 p.m.
Main Hall, Saanich Fairground
1528 Stelly’s Cross Road, Saanichton

The Saanich Peninsula is the traditional bread basket of the Greater Victoria area. Today, the Peninsula has the greatest concentration of active farm stands in British Columbia. At a time when interest in “buy local” is growing, we have the good fortune to be able to celebrate our food and agricultural heritage with a 10-mile harvest dinner (with the exception of dairy, coffee, tea – and cranberries). We’ll also have Vancouver Island cranberries from Yellow Point, but will provide local options, like oregon grape jelly and red currant jelly.

We believe it’s important for the whole community to share in this celebration and we’re doing our best to make this special event an affordable evening out.

So what’s for dinner? This is a traditional harvest supper – with some unique local flavours! The evening opens with a wine and cider tasting offered by local wineries. Celebrants will enjoy a full-filling experience, starting with a First Nations seafood chowder and fry bread, plus green salad and rolls made with wheat grown on the Saanich Peninsula. The main course features roast turkey, beef, and pork, accompanied by mashed and roasted potatoes, steamed green beans, acorn squash and corn on the cob. Dessert highlights the diversity of fruit grown on the Peninsula, including fruit pies and other treats – even a lemon meringue pie made from lemons grown on the Saanich Peninsula! And, of course, the feast would not be complete without the heavenly fresh–squeezed apple juice from Farmer Phil! All food used in the feast – with the exception of the cranberries – is grown or raised right here on the Saanich Peninsula.

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