Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields 2012

11 Sep

This past weekend was the 18th Annual Feast of Fields event. It happens every year in September, and last year it was at Krause Berry Farms. This year it was held at Golden Ears Cheesecrafters in Maple Ridge, so it was a slightly longer commute for me this time. But boy, was it EVER worth it!

The weather wasn’t hot and sunny, but for the majority of the afternoon the rains held off. I noticed quite a few people begin to leave once it began pouring, but us die-hards who were prepared with jackets and umbrellas were going to stick it out until the bitter end (or until the food ran out).

This year there were 13 tents offering food and wine, which I think was an increase from last year. As we were standing in line for one of the food items, we were talking with a man behind us, and we were all lamenting the fact that the tents didn’t have numbers on them. The program we were given had a numbered map, but it would have been a little less confusing if the tents physically had their numbers on them.

We also overheard one girl exclaiming to her friend that “This is my favourite day beside Christmas! Actually, it’s BETTER than Christmas!” Haha. So awesome. And that was at 1:30pm, so the festival was just getting going at that point.

Well, without further ado, here are some pictures of some of the INCREDIBLE food we tasted. I think we tried just about everything that was listed in the program, except for a few places that ran out of food very early on, which was too bad.

Sapo Bravo 30 component dungeness crab “slaw” from Vancouver Club

Yarrow Meadows Duck Confit with cherry tomatoes on a blueberry cracker from Wild Rice

Ceviche: Fresh OceanWise seafood and citrus valencia orange with habanero pepper, stacked on organic blue corn tostada served with housemade guacamole & pickled chayote from Lolita’s “South of the Border” Cantina

This was my favourite dish from last year, and it was just as fabulous again this year!

AAA Hopcott premium grilled steak, roasted pepper, chorizo, and gouda on artisan ciabatta from Hopcott’s Premium Meats

Tempura bacon with a maple chive sour cream dip from Pearl Urban Bistro

WOW. There are no other words than WOW to describe how amazing this was!!

Wild Salmon Crudo, Fennel, Olives from Fishworks

Grand Marnier & Callebaut Mousse with Bremner’s Blueberries from Chef Ann Kirsebom’s Gourmet Sauces

Herbed buttermilk whole grain crackers with heirloom tomatoes, basil and goat cheese brûlé from Slow Food Vancouver

Grilled pizza topped with duck and sage sausage, local heirloom tomatoes, Goat’s Pride feta cheese, and a Skeeter farm arugula and local hazelnut pesto from Seasonal 56

Seasonal 56 is one of the best restaurants in the Langley area. I highly recommend trying them out sometime! Here’s my review from last summer.

Fennel and basil coleslaw with pippin-peach vinaigrette and pollen creme fraise on purple and savoy cabbage leaves from Aphrodite’s Organic Café

Qualicum Beach Scallop Ceviche from Rain City Grill

This dish was the favourite this year! We may or may not have gone back a few times to have more of these. SO delicious!!

HEE! I had to include this just for fun. This was at one of the wineries’ tables.

Albion Wild salmon ceviche from Whet Kitchen.Bar.Patio

Thyme and Birch Syrup infused watermelon from Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

These watermelon bites were super refreshing. Even though it wasn’t a warm day, these little bites of freshness were very welcomed.

Sakura Farms braised pork belly, star anise sweet soy glaze, Barnston Island micros, sweet rice cake from Prestons Restaurant

Cured Pacific Provider salmon belly with Glorious Organics pickled beets from The Next Course @ The Listel Hotel

Windset Farms Symphony Heirloom Style Tomato Salad, Basil Pesto, Maestro Pepper Spicy Sorbetto from Yew Restaurant + Bar

This tomato dish was phenomenal! The pepper sorbetto really kicked it up an extra notch. Very impressive!

Artichoke Stacker from Choices Markets

Berry cream cake from Krause Berry Farms

There was so much more that I could have shared with you, but then this post would become a novel! Since I was the designated driver, I only had little sips of a few alcoholic drinks. My favourites were the Victoria Gin from Victoria Spirits (the flavours in this were unbelievable. I’m a fan!!), and the Pinot Gris from Gray Monk Estate Winery.

I’m so glad I was able to go to this event again. Last year I discovered it by (happy) accident, and it now has a permanent spot on my calendar.

The tickets are a bit on the pricier side ($85 per person) compared to other festivals in the area, but it is worth every penny and more.  Next year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 8th – location TBA.

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