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Feast of Fields

11 Sep

After five years of living in Vancouver, I finally made it to a well-known annual foodie event; Feast of Fields. The reason I could make it this year and not previous years, was that there is now a “Feast Bus” – an affordable shuttle that transported eager foodies to the location of this year’s event, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters. Thank goodness for that shuttle! True to the name, the event was held in a field at the Maple Ridge based cheesecrafters and, with all the wine and beer samples, I certainly did not want to drive afterwards.

Summer Hill Cipes Brut? Yes, please!!

Elephant Island was there. Yum!

The $85 ticket allowed you to sample food and drink from over fifty different chefs, farmers, food artisans, vintners, and brewers. It was completely indulgent so, of course, I was in heaven. On arrival, you were given a wine glass and a linen napkin and for the next four hours you were free to sample and slurp your way through all of the different suppliers until you could sample no more.

The day was a grey and slightly wet one, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. My sister and I darted from tent to tent, sampling as much as we could. Some particularly memorable dishes were Lolita’s ceviche, the Vancouver Club’s Dungeness crab “slaw”, Pearl Urban Bistro’s tempura bacon, and the Big Feast Bistro’s bison slider.

Vancouver Club’s Dungeness crab “slaw”.

Lolita’s ceviche on corn tostada.

There were delicious savoury samples, such as:

The Pointe Restaurant’s smoked peaches, goat cheese, cedar syrup, and micro greens.

Edible Canada’s curry crusted seared scallops, avocado puree, corn salsa, and fried corn tortilla.

Preston’s braised pork belly, star anise sweet soy glaze on a sweet rice cake.

Aphrodite’s fennel and basil coleslaw with pippin-peach vinaigrette and fennel pollen creme fraise, on cabbage leaves.

The duck confit with cherry tomatoes on a blueberry cracker from Wild Rice.

Yew restaurant’s heirloom style tomato salad.

Oru’s rabbit and duck terrine de champagne, with radish salad and pickled mustard seeds.

There were tantalizing desserts:

And yes, I tried to eat all of this and more. And yes, I was extremely full by the end of the day, but also so happy!

This would have to be one of the most organized festivals that I’ve been to. The washrooms were porta-potties but they also had a separate hand washing station, complete with soap and hand towels, and there were also washing up stations throughout the field so you could wash your hands, or fill up on water. Even though there were hundreds of attendees, everyone was very patient and we all civilly waited in line for our samples. By late afternoon, some tents had run out of samples but I was so full by that stage, that it didn’t concern me too much.

It was an exceptionally fun day and this is an event that I will definitely be penciling in my calendar for next year.

The Endless Meal Supper Club & Upcoming Food Events

15 Aug

I love attending unique food events and thankfully I live in a city where they are popping up ever more frequently. I recently discovered another Vancouver underground restaurant (also known as pop-up or guerilla restaurants) called The Endless Meal Supper Club. Essentially it is a private dinner party – you pay the cook, Kristen, $50 per person and in exchange she will cook dinner for you, and your party of 6 to 8 people, in her apartment.

We attended an event last week which took a slightly different approach and it was the “Social. Summer. Dinner” event. Rather than attending with a group of people that you already know, the idea was to purchase a seat at the dinner party with strangers. The concept will appeal to those who enjoy food and, probably more important in this case, socializing. It came across as an amalgamation of the Social Bites events and 12B underground restaurant.

The only non-blurry picture from the whole evening!

We arrived at Kristen’s Gastown apartment at 8pm and met the other four guests that were attending that evening’s dinner. I must admit that this was one of the best social dinners that we have had – everyone at our dinner was incredibly friendly, easy-going, and social. For me, that made the night even more enjoyable than just having a nice meal. You are encouraged to bring your own wine and Kristen lets you know ahead of time what wines will pair best with the meal. With drinks flowing and introductions made, we got down to getting to know everyone whilst Kristen prepared the meal.

The food was served on large platters, to enable sharing, and we started with some bite-sized goat cheese and cucumber hors d’oeuvre before sitting down to our first course, a deliciously gooey roasted provolone with grilled garlic bread for dipping. The main course was a barbecued herb steak, grilled red peppers, parmesan grilled corn on the cob, warm roasted tomatoes, and smashed new potatoes, which I couldn’t get enough of. Dinner concluded with a dessert of warm black plum pie and bourbon scented whipped cream. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of the food as it was quite dark in the apartment and my photos didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. This had everything nothing to do with the bottles of wine we were drinking.

Other fun events that I’m really excited about attending in the next few weeks are the Pop-Up Soda Shoppe, which is being held by Swallow Tail Canada, and the Feast of Fields. The Pop-Up Soda Shoppe sounds too good to be true! It is a 1950’s themed dessert festival and will be selling waist-expanding desserts from local purveyors such as Earnest Ice Cream, Cartems Donuts, Beta 5 Chocolatiers, as well as alcoholic ice-cream drinks from a local bartender. $15 gets you entrance but I think you have to purchase the desserts at another cost (it’s not exactly clear on their website).

Cartems Donuts will be in attendance at the Pop-Up Soda Shoppe

This year will mark my first visit to the Feast of Fields. The Feast Bus (a shuttle from downtown out to the cheese farm where the event will be held) makes it possible for me to attend and to enjoy the wine and beer that will be available. I’m really looking forward to strolling around the farm whilst sampling the different foods on offer. Has anyone been before? Do you have any tips for me?

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