September 26 & 27, 2015 Cultivate: A Festival of Food and Drink was held in Port Hope, Ontario.
This festival was to celebrate and support local Northumberland growers, brewers, chefs and restaurants.
My husband and myself have been totally embracing the wonderful bounty of the Farmer’s Markets this year. Truly enjoying all the fresh and wonderful produce, cheese and meats our local farmer’s have to offer. Participating in the “buy local” campaign as much as possible to really help local businesses flourish.
When Food Bloggers of Canada had some tickets up for grabs to attend this festival…we thought sure why not…it’s close by, let’s drive down and check it out.
This “not-for-profit” event was co-founded by local restaurant operators Jeff Bray and Amelia Sheffield-Bray along with Nicole Beatty from Local Food for Local Good, a charitable organization that supports community food activities.
According to these three outstanding people:
“Our mission is simple: To grow culinary tourism and education in Northumberland County through the celebration of local food and drink.”
The aim of this wonderful event was to provide an awesome festival experience for the whole family to enjoy while celebrating food, drink and music.
The very tasty food market wonderfully showed the collaboration between restaurants, chefs and farmers…supporting each other in the “farm to fork” culture. Restaurants getting produce/meat delivered straight from the farm. Chefs using local ingredients in their wonderful creations. Local bakers supplying breads and baked goods to restaurants and the community. Craft beer and local coffee roasters making their mark in the whole “buy local” culture.
Interesting seminars and demonstrations were held throughout the day. Everything from Kids in the Kitchen to Beekeeping, Vertical Gardening to Beer Making….there was something of interest for everyone.
And the fun did not stop there. Two performance stages showed off the talent of “close to home” musicians that included The Strumbellas, Wintersleep, Gentlemen Husbands, Brooke Sturzenneger, and Melissa Payne…just to name a few.
Of course no festival would be complete without a Beer Tent. Some of the local crafters included: Church Key Brewing Company, Smithworks Brewing, Wild Card Brewing, Manantler and Empire Hard Cider.
We totally enjoyed our tasty adventures from the wonderful food vendors. Pork Belly Bahn Mi Sandwich (bun was from Electric City Bread Company) along with Smoked Trout & Corn Chowder from Pitchers Place. Lamb Curry and Rice from Cravingz. Coffee from Our Lucky Star along with treats of Butter Tarts and Apple Crisp from Burnham Family Farm Market.
The kids could particicpate in pumpkin carving, colouring and play zone, along with other entertaining and learning areas through the park.
According to the organizers, this is just the kick-off. Plans throughout the year include ideas like food tours and hosting farm dinners. All in a commitment to increase food tourism in the local counties.
We totally enjoyed our day….and there was even a Sunday Brunch from 10-2 just in case you wanted to go back for more fun and delicious food!!