Written By Rebecca Baugniet Events / Places / Victoria Sep 22, 2011 14th Annual Feast Welcomes New Chefs to the Field SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterestleft upper: guests line up at the Natural Pastures tent, left lower: Steve and Heather Highnett of Vin Coco, centre: Robert Cassels, chef at Flavour with his beetroot polenta, squash and goat cheese stacks, right upper: the team from Kulu prepare their Terra Nossa pork with Umi Nami Farm salsa on rice, right lower: the Thank You sign from Farm Folk City Folk. all images: Rebecca BaugnietI know a lot of people were doing sun dances last week. In the days leading up to Vancouver Island’s 14th Annnual Feast of Fields, the forecast looked grim. Much to everyone’s, but especially event organizer, Melanie Banas’ relief, all that dancing paid off – the clouds cleared and the sun beat down on an appreciative crowd. Marley Farm proved to be yet another idyllic setting for the event, with tents scattered through the fields, making for a pleasant stroll between sips and bites. Music wafted, children waded, sated guests took naps under trees, dragonflies buzzed and an elderly ginger cat meandered the grounds, visibly perplexed about the sudden influx of human beings to the property, but quite appreciative of all the extra attention.A few new businesses had their first time in the field this year, including Kulu Restaurant which opened in Fernwood Square early in 2011, serving up Terra Nossa Farm pork with Umi Nami Farm salsa on rice and nori. Chef Rob Cassels of Flavour, the new restaurant in the Ramada Inn on the Gorge, made good use of Sun Wing beets, Hilary’s Artisan Cheese and Mitchells Farm’s squash to create vibrant coloured stacks. Recently opened Cowichan-based Unsworth Vineyards shared a tent with Amuse Bistro – a nice preview to their future collaboration on site at the vineyard. Fruition Paletas cooled us off with their roasted peach and marionberry frozen treats.EAT wishes to thank all our Tapas readers who entered our last minute Feast of Fields ticket contest last week. With so many wonderful answers to our question ‘What does Feast of Fields mean to you?’, editors were relieved it was a random draw! Congratulations to our winner, Diana Lucas, who wrote this to us after attending the event:“The number of participants, their commitment to quality and their passion for their wares was impressive. It was such a joy walking the field and discovering all the flavours of the Island (and the Okanagan, too, I see). It made me feel blessed that we have so much to enjoy and savour on the Island. These folks were so kind to take time out to prepare and share their harvests or specialties. I thanked the ones that travelled from up Island and the Okanagan, for their time.”The 2012 Vancouver Island Feast of Fields will be held Sunday, September 16th. Tickets go on sale June 1st, 2012.If you would like to receive Tapas, EAT’s bi-weekly newsletter, with exclusive contests and more, click here.BC BrewersBC wineCowichanFeast of FieldsFolksIsland WineriesUnsworth VineyardsVancouver Island Food Scene SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Rebecca Baugniet Rebecca Baugniet is a freelance food writer and editor living on Canada’s West Coast with her husband and their four children. The author of three published cookbooks, Rebecca has also written for EAT Magazine and for Montréal ... Read More You may also like Events / Victoria July 17, 2017 Vancouver Island Feast of Fields Celebrates 20th Anniversary Pictured above: The first Feast of Fields Vancouver Island organizing committee. (Left to right) Sinclair Philip, Alfons Obererlacher, Mara Jernigan, ... Read More Events / First Look July 1, 2017 Up Island News & Buzz (July/August 2017) This past winter gave all of us extra appreciation for a much anticipated warm sunny Island summer; the lineup of food and drink festivals ahead is ... Read More Events / Okanagan June 22, 2017 Deconstructing Dani García and the Feast: Food and Film Festival Everyone loves popcorn and junky food before a movie, but arguably—or absolutely—better are hand-selected local bites and drinks. Patrons to ... Read More Chefs / Events / Wine Events May 3, 2017 It’s true love when Chef Meets BC Grape Nowhere else can you taste so much great food paired with so much exceptional BC VQA wine. At Chef Meets BC Grape, you can sip from hundreds of wines ... Read More Causes / Events March 28, 2017 10 Questions for Food Activist Arlene Stein Arlene Stein is a Canadian food activist and the executive director and founder of Canada’s largest food symposium, Terroir, which takes place ... Read More Culture / Events March 27, 2017 Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy at Terroir, May 29, 2017 This year marks the 10th annual Terroir Symposium in Toronto, described as “a gathering of dreamers, disruptors and international luminaries in the ... Read More Comments are closed.