Originally written September 11, 2011
Slow food movements, restaurants and people who demand local ingredients prepared fresh, and the growing population of food savvy home cooks are already driving the industry towards the 7 tenants of the Lima Declaration. They are taking pride in fresh local ingredients prepared simply and honestly, with techniques that are often passed down from generation to generation.
Feast of fields is an annual event which brings together local producers of quality product, wineries, and local restaurants to showcase the best in eating, preparing, and sourcing local food. Feast of Fields is run in many communities around Canada, and is a growing focal point for showcasing the best in local cuisine.
Vancouver has been running Feast of Fields since 1995. Tickets for the event sell out months before hand, and getting a spot guarantees an afternoon of gorging yourself on local delights and drinks before a “mandatory” late day nap.
Over 50 restaurants, wineries, and other industry groups showed up at Krause Berry Farms in Langley to display their skills, their products, and to have a little fun.
There was a wide variety of dishes. Local newcomers Go Fish brought in some tequila marinated salmon rolled with microgreens and topped with tobiko, while local favourites such as The Vancouver Club made confit duck pizettes. Raw oysters with blood orange aspic, duck terrine on Belgian endive, and simple favourites such as roasted corn on the cob were all available, and everyone (myself included) made sure we stuffed ourselves silly with multiple helpings of our favourites.