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 Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events March 2, 2020 Victoria Beer Week March 6 – 14 Victoria Beer Week returns March 6-14 with 19 different events held in venues around Victoria. This 7th annual festival of craft beer offers ... Read More Events / Food & Wine Pairing / Food Events / Places / Victoria February 25, 2020 Pacific Northwest Wine Dinner: Canoe Brewpub & Unsworth Vineyards Multi-award winning Unsworth Vineyards and Canoe’s Chef Kyle Dampsy joined forces on Wednesday, February 19, in Canoe’s upstairs Dining ... Read More Beer / Events / Food Events / Places / Spirits / Victoria February 25, 2020 11th Annual Island Beer and Spirits Festival The Strathcona Hotel has long brought together BC brewers and distillers in its multiple taprooms but rarely is the brewing craft celebrated so much ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Food Events / Places / Victoria November 17, 2019 Canoe Brewpub’s Eighth Annual Winterbrau Festival 2019 Beer brewers from across the island and the lower mainland gathered in the lofty wooden halls of Canoe Brewpub over November 9 and 10 for the eighth ... Read More Events October 30, 2019 Eat the Future Victoria’s food community came together this week at Boom + Batten restaurant for Eat the Future, a tasty event to raise money for future chefs ... Read More Drink / Events / Food / Food Events October 30, 2019 Fifth annual Stein and Dine in the Victoria Public Market It's such a festive and fun way to celebrate craft beer and our ... Read More Comments are closed.