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I n the late 1980s, Stadtländer along with Kennedy, an outstanding restaurateur in his own right considered to be Toronto’s organic guru, founded an organization called Knives and Forks to promote regional organic farming and connect urbanites with real food and the farms where it comes from. They also started Toronto’s first organic farmers’ market (what a concept!).
In the early 1990s, Feast of Fields came to Vancouver, where it is hosted by FarmFolk/CityFolk, a non-profit society that wants one simple thing: for people to eat local, fresh, seasonal foods, grown using farming practices that contribute to the health of the planet. Since then the group has organized over a dozen feasts in the Lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island, and now in Pemberton.
Now go have some fun…
The second annual Sea-to-Sky Feast of Fields will be held Saturday, Aug. 18 at the North Arm Farm in Pemberton under the capable hand of Fairmont Chateau Whistler executive chef, Vincent Stufano. For more info, go to www.ffcf.bc.ca/whistlerfeast.
Next day, grab your bike for Slow Food Cycle Sunday. It’s the third year for this pedal-pushing/fork-lifting event along the flats of beautiful Pemberton Valley, and it’s only going to be better than ever.
Start at the Community Centre on Pemberton Meadows Road any time after 9 a.m. on the 19th. It’s free, but you will need to pay for the wonderful farm-fresh, homemade samples along the way (bring cash — none of the farms will have Interact). For more info, go to www.slowfoodcyclesunday.com.
Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning freelance writer who
thinks farmers, along with teachers and nurses, are among the lowest paid and
most under-valued people in our communities.