Giant Feast Planned on a Working Farm outside Vancouver

Photo sourced from FarmFolkCityFolk's Facebook Album

Photo sourced from FarmFolkCityFolk’s Facebook Album

You’ve heard of “farm to table” dining.  This is more like “table to farm.”

Feast of Fields – the event where a working farm becomes your smorgasbord for the day – returns to Metro Vancouver on Sept. 7.  Dozens of top chefs, winemakers, brewers, growers and makers will be setting up shop at Delta’s Wellbrook Farm, a 55-acre organic blueberry spread.

Guests, armed with a wine glass and a linen napkin, wander from tent to tent, sampling local produce and cheeses, beer and wine, and prepared dishes from literally dozens of Vancouver-area restaurants.  The idea is to get an education in where real food comes from, while also stuffing your face with some of the best food the region has to offer.  At $95, tickets aren’t cheap, but the event is all-you-can-eat and proceeds go to supporting the local food movement. (Kids 5-19 are only $15; under 5 is free.)

The setting is half the charm.

Photo sourced from FarmFolkCityFolk's Facebook Album

Photo sourced from FarmFolkCityFolk’s Facebook Album

Historic Wellbrook Farm is located amid rich agricultural land near the Fraser River delta, about a 30-minute drive south of Vancouver. On the sprawling property are meticulously restored century-old buildings and barns, antique farming equipment and even a winery. Wellbrook Winery specializes in blueberry and cranberry wines made with fruit grown on site and at several other Bremner Farm locations in the region.

Photo sourced from FarmFolkCityFolk's Facebook Album

Photo sourced from FarmFolkCityFolk’s Facebook Album

The lineup for the event is packed with familiar players from the Vancouver food and wine scene.  More than a dozen restaurants are serving up dishes, from big names like the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Rocky Mountain Flatbread and Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish to more intimate eateries like Latin-inspired Lolita’s Cantina, Forage and vegan favourite Graze. Meanwhile, food vendors on hand include the likes of Salt Spring Island Cheese, Krause Berry Farms, Lesley Stowe Fine foods, Whole Foods and Choices Markets.

Photo sourced from FarmFolkCityFolk's Facebook Album

Photo sourced from FarmFolkCityFolk’s Facebook Album

And then there are the beverages.  Local breweries are well represented: Driftwood, Hoyne, Mission Springs, Powell Street, R&B, Red Truck, Russell, Stanley Park and Surlie are all serving up suds.  Wineries include Blasted Church, Chaberton Estate, Gray Monk and Quinta Ferreira, as well as a number of local fruit wineries.

For more information and tickets, visit the Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields website.

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