Harvest Fest celebrates local foods

KEEP THE weekend open on your calendar for the second annual Harvest Food Fest.

KEEP THE weekend open on your calendar for the second annual Harvest Food Fest.

The fest, a celebration of our local food production, takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the arena banquet room with lots of activities and fun for all.

Saturday begins at 1:30 p.m. with an information session on Community Supported Agriculture with local farmers and community members.

Then starting at 5 p.m., families can bring their favourite dish to the community potluck dinner.

The ideal dish is something from your garden, a fish caught in the local river, moose from the bush or any other local food.

One dish per family and a donation is the cost of admission. All proceeds will go toward local food programs.

Following dinner is the Harvest Family Dance featuring music from Cabin Fever from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Rhubarb punch and cut veggies will be our dance snack as the night boogies along.

On Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Harvest Fest presents demonstrationss on sprouting, sauerkraut making, drying, juicing, brewing, jamming, pickling and a mini farmers market, all in the arena banquet room.

Fruits and veggies picked during the week will be sold for $5 a box – it’s fresh food accessible to all.

There will be information on gardening, including lasagna gardens, seed collection and the Master Gardener Program.

An afternoon tea will be offered with desserts made from local foods, including walnut tarts, apple cake, plum cake, zucchini loaf, and more. For the cost of a toonie, you get a water, tea or coffee and a dessert of your choice.

Games, music and crafts round out the afternoon.