Written By Rebecca Baugniet Edibles / Food Events Sep 16, 2011 Eat Here Now Gives Victoria a Taste of What Could Be SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterestleft: Tim Trebilcock, VDPMS director (at the back), with Eat Here Now volunteers at the Silver Rill corn boil stall, upper right: Jason Guille, Philippe Lucas and Scott Kelly - VDPMS directors, lower right: Scott Kelly interviews Ryan Vantreight. all images: Maryanne CarmackWhere in Victoria can you grab a baguette from Fol Epi, a bite to eat from Canoe, pick up some of Camille’s Smoked Tomato Salsa, watch a knife demo by one of the area’s top chefs, and buy some farm-fresh produce to bring home for dinner or some heritage seeds to plant in your garden, all without walking more than a hundred paces? For now, it only happens in one place, once a year. Last Sunday’s Eat Here Now Harvest Festival was a glowing celebration of local food, farms and community, offering Victorians a delicious taste of what could be, if the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society succeeds in bringing a permanent market back to our city’s core.Momentum is definitely building. The event, which organizers estimate doubled in its second year, drew close to 10,000 residents to the square throughout the day, and generated about $7,000, which, along with grants from the Island Agricultural Foundation and Enterprising Non-Profits will help fund a needs assessment of local vendors and farmers, and develop a governance model as well as a business plan.Highlights of the day included the successful corn boil,for which all the corn was generously donated by Silver Rill Farm, and the arrival of 5th generation farmer Ryan Vantreight, who drove his family’s Massey-Ferguson tractor down from Central Saanich to demonstrate just how close our food comes from.Wandering from stall to stall, attendees enjoyed ‘buck-a-bite’ treats from local restaurants such as Kulu, Choux Choux Charcuterie, Cafe Bliss and more. The kids’ zone saw many happy children playing on the inflatable castle, learning about chickens and getting their faces painted. The sun shone down, the crowd danced and laughed and filled their bellies. It was a good place to be on September 11th, 2011, and with any luck (but more likely with a whole lot of determination and hard work), it won’t be too long before we have such a place to go any day of the year.image: Jeff Wright, owner of Old Country Seeds, chats with a customer, credit: Maryanne Carmackimage: Marilyn Soames (left) introduces her heritage chickens to attendees credit: Maryanne CarmackmarketsPublic MarketVancouver Island Food SceneVictoria 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 Get Fresh / One ingredient May 18, 2017 Fiddleheads: Take a walk on the wild side GET FRESH With a particularly long and chilly winter behind us, and snow shovels safely stowed away, you might say we are starving for glimpses of ... Read More Good For You May 2, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Enter the Draw to Win Greetings my fellow wholesome food lovers. Welcome to another edition of Good-For-You Grocery Finds! I hope you had a wonderful, chocolate-filled ... Read More Get Fresh / One ingredient March 21, 2017 Brassica Greens “Get Fresh” Produce shopping is evolving into an art form, or perhaps more of a sport. The demands made of local markets are known to be ... Read More Good For You / Health / Victoria February 21, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Tahini, Bean Flakes, Beet Bars & Turkish Apricots Hello my friends. Here we are knee deep in February with the anticipation of an approaching Spring bringing its annual soothing consolation. I hope ... Read More Food News / Spoiled Milk February 16, 2017 Alexis de Portneuf Develops New Packaging & Tasting Notes From time to time we receive product samples at the EAT office. Most of time we don’t write about them unless it’s something readers ... Read More Good For You / Victoria January 17, 2017 No Fuss Comfort Foods – CONTEST ALERT Happy January my fellow nutritious nibblers! I am back, as promised, with another edition of Good For You Grocery Finds. This “post-holiday” ... Read More Comments are closed.