It’s September, and that means yesterday we indulged in the annual delight known as Feast of Fields! Last year was my first event (read about it here), and hubby and I couldn’t wait to go again and experience all the wonderful local food and drink being sampled.
But what is Feast of Fields, you ask? In case you missed last year’s post, and felt too lazy to follow the link, it can be summarized as a four hour wandering harvest festival, where you, with wine glass and linen napkin in hand, can taste the very best of BC from chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, and brewers. Most importantly, Feast of Fields highlights the important connections between farmer and chef, field and table, and farm folk and city folk. It boasts a hefty price tag to get in, but the way I see it, some people don’t bat an eye at spending hundreds of dollars on concerts and entertainment, so for me it’s justified by the fact that food is something I love to experience, and maybe I’ll glean some ideas and information along the way!
This year the event was hosted at the beautiful Krause Berry Farms in Langley (worth a visit on any day just for their amazing berry based milkshakes), and the location couldn’t have been more beautiful, despite the rather large wasp population attempting to sneak food off of some tables.
There was an abundance of amazing treats, including things like grilled pork belly slider with a confit potato on top (so good); gourmet grilled cheese sandwhiches with an heirloom tomato and chile jam inside; cured salmon with an apple fennel slaw on a corn pancake; a smoked white chocolate wafer with a salal berry (local, wild berry) jelly, lemon goat cheese crumble, and micro basil (courtesy of The Pointe restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn on the Island), and that’s just to name a few.
But I have to give a special mention to Bella Gelateria and the truly outstanding and locally sourced cold treats made by gelato maestro James Coleridge. He has won many international awards for his gelato, including a prestigious win for best gelato at the Florence Gelato Festival in 2012 by both a technical panel and the ‘people’s choice.’ Needless to say, whenever I’m in Vancouver I have to make a stop at his shop on W Cordova (attached to the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel) for a scoop or two. Personal recommendation: his espresso gelato actually tastes like what a freshly opened bag of espresso beans smells like.
Yesterday at Feast of Fields, James was serving up a Krause Berry strawberry (of course) and Peruvian lime gelato. I went back for more than a couple helpings;).
What a day. I almost had to be rolled away I was so full but the experience of eating from some of the most talented chefs and artisans in the area is definitely worth it. Already looking forward to next year!