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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!

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.

Sneak Feast

16 Aug

Having more free time to spend working on my little site here has been so awesome. One of the immediate benefits was my ability to attend yesterday’s media event called Sneak Feast, which was a preview of the upcoming Feast of Fields event, taking place September 8th. Even better? It was being held at the event’s site, Krause Berry Farms, which is in my neighbourhood. I’ll admit I was a bit intimidated, as this was my first time at a media event, and I’m not so good at making small talk with people I don’t know. I mostly kept to myself, but tried to talk to several people when I could get up the courage. I’m sure this will become easier as I attend more and more of these events in the future.

Anyway, because I wasn’t coming out from Vancouver, I arrived at the event before the bus did. I met up with two lovely people named George and Lise at Krause’s winery before heading over to the event site at the back of the farm. Unfortunately it was a grey and somewhat rainy day, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of everyone too much.

The event started off with a brief introduction by Nicholas Scapillati, who is the Executive Director of Farm Folk City Folk. He talked a bit about the history of Farm Folk City Folk, and the creation of the Feast of Fields event. This year is the 19th year for the Metro Vancouver event.

introduction

One of the most notable things he mentioned was that food has changed more in the past 50 years than in the previous 5,000 (or maybe it was 500. I can’t remember correctly.). Pretty incredible! The Feast of Fields event is a fundraiser for Farm Folk City Folk, but primarily it’s a fantastic opportunity for people to come together, eat some fabulous local food, and meet the farmers and chefs who created it.

There were three tents set up with a nice variety of food and drink for us to try. First up I tried a delicious cracker with goat cheese and spices along with pickled vegetables from Forage. I loved the presentation of these – balanced on small rocks on a plank of wood.

forage

Paired with this were wines from Siren’s Call. I tried their Viognier, which was very nice. I’d never heard of this type of wine before about a month ago, but I’ve found I really enjoy the ones I’ve tried.

Next was a fabulous cornmeal pancake from Whole Foods, topped with salmon cured with bitters, slaw and more. Very tasty!

whole foods

And last, but certainly NOT least, was a fabulous grilled salmon slider with a quinoa salad from Chicha Restaurant:

chicha restaurant

Wow! The taste in that little slider was incredible. It was paired with ciders from Left Field Cider, which was a fantastic pairing. I’ve never been a huge fan of ciders, but I was very impressed by theirs:

left field cider

What makes their cider unique is that they are full juice ciders, meaning they use just apples and don’t add any artificial flavours or juice concentrate. Each crop of apples is different, meaning they’ll never have the same varieties of cider from year to year.

After things wrapped up in the fields, we all hopped into the tractor driven train for a short tour of the farm before heading over to the winery.

krause train

Krause opened their new winery in May of this year, and it’s a gorgeous little building right next to their market. I love the decor in here! We tried a variety of their berry and apple wines, while also sampling some of their berries and local cheeses.

berry wines

The boot shot glasses are awesome!

winery

In the centre is Ted, who looks like he just stepped out of an old timey Western film. LOVE it!

scott perrie

Entertainment for the event was provided by a local musician named Scott Perrie, who will also be performing in September.

All in all, it was a great event, and I’m even more excited about attending again this year. There are still tickets available – be sure to snap yours up before they sell out!