Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Food Events Sep 24, 2012 Feast of Fields Cultivates Connections SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThe spread at Feast of Fields Vancouver Island Photo: MaryLou WakefieldVANCOUVER ISLAND. Last Sunday, my two sisters and I made the trek over the Malahat from Victoria, turned onto a winding country road south of Duncan past bucolic fields bathed in sunlight and followed the signs to Farm Folk City Folk’s annual Feast of Fields held this year at Alderlea Farm. Now in its 15th year, this moveable feast delights hundreds of participants who enjoy fresh, local fare. Most importantly, the event offers the opportunity to meet local farmers, fishers and other producers and make an enduring connection between the food they eat and those who produce it. Crab on Romaine Lettace Leaf from Cowichan Bay Seafood Photo: MaryLou Wakefield Producers easily engaged participants in convivial conversation during the 4-hour event. Gregg, along with his wife Anne Best of Cowichan Bay Seafood, explained what he hoped folks would take away from the experience. “I hope they get that it’s still possible to eat off the land and from the ocean without a whole pile of people in between,” he said. As we chatted, an enthusiastic participant leaned in to offer his comment after sampling Best’s simple presentation of fresh crab served on a crisp romaine leaf. “This is definitely the best I’ve had here today.” From there, we feasted on slow braised beef on polenta, marinated halibut, water buffalo mozzarella, emu pate, pork bratwurst, fresh strawberries, peach crumble with vanilla yogurt and my favourite, an inventive Finest at Sea albacore tuna and Galey Farm free run egg Nicoise Salad presented by Truffles Catering. Truffles made their mark on the classic with Sun Trio heritage bean and olive salad nestled in a Kildara Farm confit potato, drizzled with Dijon, egg and white truffle vinaigrette and topped with a Saanich Organics heirloom tomato chip. Salad Nicoise from Truffles Catering Photo: MaryLou Wakefield I met Selinde Krayenhoff, one of the farm’s 200 shareholders and a Feast of Fields volunteer in the on-site cafe. Selinde explained that Alderlea Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm owned and operated by John and Katy Ehrlich, and is both organic and biodynamic. Three days a week, the café prepares meals made from the farm’s veggies picked fresh that morning. “The more connected you are to your food, the more commitment you have to your farmer,” said Selinde, obviously exuberant about her own connection to the farm.Feast of Fields 2013, a fundraiser for Farm Folk/City Folk, will be held on September 22nd. Host farm TBD. —By Marylou Wakefield crabEdibleseventeventsfarmsFeast of FieldsFestivalfestivalsFundraiserVancouver IslandVancouver Island eventsVictoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Dessert / Recipes July 13, 2020 Panna Cotta with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries and Basil Sugar Story and recipe and photography by: Isabelle Bulota Strawberry season has arrived! There is so much we can do with this delicious, beautiful ... Read More Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Comments are closed.