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Feast of Fields 2014

10 Sep

Sunday, September 7th was the 20th annual Feast of Fields event in Metro Vancouver. This year it was held at Wellbrook Winery/Bremner Farms out in Delta, which was a nice change of venue. The tents were a lot more spread out this year, which made things feel a little smaller and not as crowded, which I am definitely a fan of.

A nice improvement this year was that they had plates available for sale at the registration booth. For several years now, my mom and I have kept saying that we needed plates to make our eating and drinking a little less messy and easier to handle. Well, this year my mom brought us plates with the little attachments for our wineglasses, so we didn’t need to buy the ones they were offering. It was very tempting, though, as they were beautiful slabs of wood.

plate

Our funky little plastic plates with the wineglass holders attached.

It’s great that they provide a brochure/map of the venue along with descriptions of everything on offer at the tents – it makes taking notes on your favourite things a little bit easier. However, yet again, it was supremely frustrating that the tents were numbered on the brochure but there were no numbers on the actual tents themselves. I mentioned that last year and I’m mentioning it again this year, because what’s the point of numbering them on paper when there are no numbers in reality? The numbers wouldn’t have to be big or obnoxious, but they would be helpful to have!

Anyway, time to move on to the actual food. Unfortunately I seem to have lost my camera’s battery charger, so I only had the use of my phone. I apologize for the not so great quality of some of these pictures. I’ll hopefully find the charger or will have bought myself a new camera by the time the next event rolls around.

chocolate ganache

Chocolate Ganache with hazelnut, nasturtium and porcini cremeaux from The Pointe @ The Wick Inn

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pickled preserves

Pickled preserves from Forage

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pork rillete

Pork Rillete from Spencer’s at the Delta Vancouver Suites

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potato salad

Cedar smoked potato salad on kale from Exile Bistro

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shellfish salad

Summer shellfish salad from Provence Restaurant

This was one of our favourites of the day – the little bites of shrimp, scallops, lobster and other shellfish along with the heirloom tomatoes and spices was a treat for the taste buds!

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salmon

Salmon bites from Chef Ann Kirsebom’s Gourmet Sauces/BBQ

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bacon and eggs

Seafood-style bacon and eggs from Pier 73

Another favourite! These were little bites of heaven. The base was a slice of potato, served with salmon, octopus bacon, pickled garlic and cured salmon eggs. Heavenly!!

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sturgeon

Sturgeon shooters in a cucumber cup from Choices Markets

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My favourites of the drinks that I tried:

  • Victoria Gin from Victoria Spirits (they served it with a splah of rhubarb juice – wow!!)
  • Old Jalopy Pale Ale from Powell Street Brewery
  • Blueberry Juice from Bremner’s
  • Dark French Roast coffee from Latin Organics
  • Framboise from Elephant Island Orchard Wines

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Overall it was another fabulous year at Feast of Fields, and I left sufficiently full and happy, with my taste buds buzzing. My mom and I have gone together for the past 3 years, and I’m already looking forward to next year!

Sip ‘n Slurp 2013

17 Nov

Thursday evening was the 4th Annual Sip ‘n Slurp hosted at 1 Fish 2 Fish in Langley. They hold this event every November to celebrate Ocean Wise month and raise awareness about healthy, sustainable seafood. The food this year was prepared by Chef Sean Bone, and the beverages were supplied by Kalala Wines and Four Winds Brewing.

The event was sold out, so the market was packed. The price for the event included everything, so we were able to drink and eat to our heart’s content. My only complaint (and it’s a small one) about this event is that it is so packed in there, and sometimes it’s very difficult to ensure that you get to try everything. I don’t know how this can be fixed in the future, but I do appreciate that the staff tried their best to make sure that the food is evenly distributed between everyone.

Here’s some of what we sampled that evening:

albacore tuna

Seared Albacore tuna on a purple potato

oysters

Raw oyster bar. YUM!

rock crab

Rock crab with dill

lifeguard stew

Lifeguard Stew. This had a great kick to it and wonderful flavour.

gnocchi mussels

Gnocchi and Mussels

chef sean

Chef Sean speaking with the guests

oyster fritter

Oyster Fritters

sturgeon

Sturgeon with mint, cilantro and a sauce that I can’t remember, but WOW was this ever tasty!

salmon tataki

Salmon Tataki with arugula and a corn puree. Unfortunately I only got one picture of this and it turned out blurry. I had to include it, though, as the colours on this dish were amazing!

It was a fabulous evening of delicious food and drinks, and I will absolutely be back again next year. I haven’t yet met a type of seafood that I don’t like, so it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to spend an evening eating delicious and beautiful food from the ocean.

Feast of Fields 2013

10 Sep

This past weekend was the 19th Annual Feast of Fields event. I had been to a sneak preview of the event a few weeks ago, but on Sunday was the real deal. The day was a bit overcast at times, but it was VERY warm. Definitely a nice change from last year’s event, which was rainy. It was held at Krause Berry Farms again, which was so lovely. My mom and I were able to walk over there from my house, which meant that we could drink as much as we wanted and not have to worry about driving. 😉

tents

The event was held in Krause’s back field again. There were tents set up for the auction and of course all the food and wine vendors. There were plenty of places to sit down as well, which was very welcomed.

And without further delay, some of the amazingly delicious samples we tried:

bbq salmon sliders

BBQ Salmon Slider from Chicha.

tuna and tomatoes

From Pier 7 Restaurant: Smoked Albacore Tuna loin, Sapo Bravo heirloom tomatoes, peach puree, basil. We LOVED the presentation that the restaurant did. So beautiful!

pickled veggies

Pickled and preserved summer vegetable antipasto from Forage.

pate de fruits

Tofino Berry Pate de Fruits from The Pointe Restaurant. This was definitely one of the most unique offerings of the day. 

heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes and ricotta cheese from FableThis was served with a small cup of tomato essence (juice strained from tomatoes, herbs & spices and a splash of vodka). This was definitely a favourite. The tomatoes were so tasty and the essence was phenomenal!

marinated zucchini

Marinated zucchini with sundried tomato-tarragon sauce, Neufchatel cheese, arugula and cherry tomatoes from Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe and Pie Shop.

hard cider

Hard apple cider from Wards Cidery. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t really like cider. However, this cider? AMAZING!! We came back here several times for more samples. It’s only sold in a few locations in the Lower Mainland, but I will definitely be getting some the next time I’m in one of those areas.

pork sliders

Slow roasted honey glazed pork on a house challah bun with bacon marmalade, Agassiz blue cheese slaw and pork confit potato from Seasonal 56.

duck liver parfait

Duck liver parfait with Okanagan peaches on a brioche crostini from Pidgin Restaurant.

s'mores

S’mores! This was from Terra Breads, and they used stout marshmallows along with their Pecan Fruit Crisps and dark chocolate. VERY tasty!

cured salmon

Cured salmon with Bittered Sling on a cornmeal pancake from Whole Foods Market.

tomato and jelly

This was from Vista D’oro winery. Unfortunately this wasn’t listed in the program, but it was a crostini with a spicy preserve of some kind along with a tomato. A very interesting taste explosion!

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There was obviously so much more that I could have shared with you, but I decided to feature the ones where I was able to get a good picture of the food. I didn’t take any pictures of the wines/beers/liquors we tried, but there were many excellent discoveries made! Some standouts were:

  • Integrity 2012 from 8th Generation Vineyard
  • Hard Apple Cider from Wards Cidery (as mentioned above)
  • White Bark Wheat Ale from Driftwood Beer
  • Merlot 2010 from Township 7 Winery

As always, it was a fantastic event, and I can’t wait for next year! My mom and I have made a tradition of this for two years now, and next year we plan to add a few more people to our group.

Links to previous Feast of Fields posts: 2012, 2011.

Fall Foodie Events

26 Aug

Even though summer may be technically near its end, there are lots of great foodie events just around the corner. I thought I’d take some time to round up a listing of everything coming up in the Fraser Valley over the next few months that I think are worthy of your attention. If you notice any events I’ve missed, please let me know. I’ll update as necessary up until the beginning of October.

Feast of Fields, at Krause Berry Farms on Sunday, September 8th. This is by far my favourite foodie event of the year. I attended in 2011 and 2012, and every year has been phenomenal. The selection of food and drinks is always amazing, and the locations have been pretty spectacular as well. On a personal note, I’m glad that they’ll be back at Krause this year, which means that a car will be unnecessary. Last year I was the designated driver, which was fine, but I was sad to only be able sample a very small amount of the drinks. I’m looking forward to all the delicious food and drinks, and based on the sneak preview that I went to recently, it’s going to be another taste explosion!

BBQ on the Bypass, September 15th in the parking lot of Well Seasoned. If you love BBQ, then this is the event for you! Free samples all day long, live entertainment, and of course the BBQ and pie competitions.

3rd Annual Cork and Keg Festival, held at the Cascades Casino on Friday, September 20th. I couldn’t attend last year, but I went in 2011, and it was a great evening of wine and beer tasting. along with some food. They’ve expanded the event SO much in the past two years, and I’m excited to hopefully attend again this year. There are two portions of the event: one for media in the afternoon, and then the full event which is open to anyone (19+, of course). Among the food options this year will be an oyster bar, provided by 1 Fish 2 Fish. Definitely don’t miss out on what is sure to be an excellent event. Tickets are $49.95, and are available on the event’s website.

Fraser Valley Food Show, held at the Tradex in Abbotsford from October 4th-6th. Featured events that weekend include a Master Chef competition, Celebrity Stage with Rob Feenie and others, Bite of the Valley (where you can sample menu selections for just $1-$4), wine and beer tasting and more. I’ve always meant to attend this event, but maybe this year I’ll be able to make it out. General Admission is $9 per day, but if you buy your tickets online in advance, you can save $2.