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‘Grand dame’ of culinary events, ‘Feast’ marks its 25th

September 3, 2014   ·   0 Comments

Visitors will flock to King Township this Sunday, Sept. 7, to celebrate one of the longest-running organic food festivals in the province.

The venerable Feast of Fields Organic Food Festival will mark its 25th anniversary at Cold Creek Conservation Area, northeast of Bolton.

With a star-studded cast of celebrity chefs, award winning restaurants, Ontario’s finest VQA wine and micro-breweries, plus organic growers and producers, the 2014 Feast of Fields is definitively the “foodie” event of the season.

With more than 100 participants at this year’s Feast of Fields, guests will experience the treats offered up by some of Ontario’s finest:

TV host and author Anna Olson; Chef Giacomo Pasquini, Vertical Restaurant; multi-award winning Chef Suman Roy (Wild Burger); Chef Martin Kouprie of Pangaea; Belworth House’s Chef Tracy Winkworth; Chef Alexandra Feswick of the Drake Hotel, to name a few. Also on tap will be the next generation of culinary geniuses including Michael Stadtlander Jr (Harmony Organics); the talents of Daniel Janetos; award-winning Chef Thornton McDonald of Bistro Riviere and the Belfountain Inn; and Chef Jason Cooney of Barley Vine Rail and soon to be featured Food Network restaurant on “You Gotta Eat Here.”

All of them will share their exceptional culinary offerings to Feast guests.

Notable participation from York Region wine growers, organic farmers and dining establishments includes Kingbridge Conference Centre’s multi-award winning Chef Raimund Zyvatkauskas; Chef Roger Wakaileh of Nobleton Lakes Golf Club; Neal Brothers Foods (Vaughan); Beretta Farms (King) Chef David Pope of Cardinal Lakes Golf Club; Chef Mauro Venchiarutti of Stonefire Bar &Grill (Thornhill).

With growing demand from health-conscious and eco-savvy consumers for seafood, Feast of Fields is pleased to showcase the Ocean Wise (www.oceanwise.ca) Pod featuring six chefs preparing environmentally-friendly seafood choices. Based in Vancouver, the Ocean Wise conservation program works with partner restaurants and markets to educate consumers about the issues and options surrounding sustainably harvested seafood.

While the casual “picnic in the park” style of Feast of Fields gives attendees the opportunity to sip and savour with each master of their craft, the newly created Chef Theatre by Appliance Canada, featuring state-of-the-art Lynx outdoor kitchen appliances, will showcase continuous chef demonstrations where each share their “trade secrets” for organic cuisine.

A souvenir cookbook with chef recipes, perfect for autographs, plus a priceless silent auction filled with “foodie” treasures manned by “Team Scotiabank” (Nobleton branch) and live music complete a day of celebration for the organic evolution of nature and nurture at the Feast of Fields anniversary fete.

Tickets are $100 per person and include cookbook and parking. Tickets are available online at feastoffields.org or 905-859-3609. You can also follow Facebook/FeastOfFields.

Conceived by Jamie Kennedy, Michael Stadtlander and a select group of dedicated culinary masters, Feast of Fields was born in 1989 with the purpose of promoting and supporting organic agriculture through local farmers and renowned chefs. Coined “a walking picnic that educates,” Feast of Fields continues its mission today with sustainability for local organic farming as a key platform for the annual organic food festival.

Organic Advocates is a not-for-profit organization which raises funds for organic advocacy and education through symposiums and support of organic causes. The annual Feast of Fields is its primary fundraising event. The 2014 event will provide funding for the Children’s Organic Garden, located at Cold Creek, where school children from across the region can learn about organic agriculture from the ground up.

         

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