This year’s event took place at the UBC Farm. Always a treat to go with two very close friends, they’re the people who convinced us to join them for our (not theirs) first trip to Italy. We shall be ever in their debt!
Local restaurants as well as a number of other folks get to strut their stuff for a crowd of probably 1,500 to 2,000 food lovers! There are local brewers, distillers and cider makers showing off their artistry as well as local wineries pouring tastes of the grape; also available for tasting were fruit wines and a honey wine.
Krause Berry Farms made another appearance with their roasted, end of season corn…we are partial to what we refer to here in Vancouver, as Chilliwack corn, aka, yellow corn we call “Jubilee” so we find Peaches and Cream to be wanting in that knocked down, delicious, full-blown corn flavour.
Another local favourite on the scene was Earnest Ice Cream with their “scoop truck”…little cones with a small scoop of their yummy salted caramel this time! OMG…they do have wonderful ice-cream!
This year it seemed it was all about the beer, so finding a glass of vino was a bit challenging! My only complaint, once found, were the size of the pours! Chintzy!!! Tickets for this event are not cheap so the least they could do was pour a decent slug instead of a sip! Just saying!
This year’s standouts for us were:
EBO at Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre with their “Compressed Strawberries, Beet, Black Pepper Jam, Lardo & Pistachio Crumb topping, served on a thin homemade “cracker”…a bite you might think is odd, but it definitely worked!
Whole Foods Market’s Gazpacho with Sundried Tomatoes…lots of heat…yum! I know…who would have thought?
Tuc Craft Kitchen had a “Moroccan” style Pacific Ling Cod with Sauteed Pea Shoots, Garlic, Sesame Seeds & Steamed Chickpeas… what a tasty little cup of deliciousness!
A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon at the end of summer, don’t you think!