Get ready to enjoy the excellent wine and produce grown on the Saanich Peninsula and southern Vancouver Island at the 17th annual Feast of Fields at North Saanich’s Kildara Farms.
Hosted by FarmFolk CityFolk, this is a fundraiser for agricultural initiatives directed towards food security challenges.
Spokesperson Jennifer Freeman says the event travels to different Island farms every year and this time, they’ve selected Kildara Farms, a working farm that will give visitors a picture of where local food comes from.
“Kildara Farms is a family-owned farm that lends itself to a wonderful Feast of Fields event,” she said. “There’s a working farm with land, horses, pigs a new indoor event area and more.”
The farm, she continued, is known for being the largest producer of organic baby salad greens in the province, supplying grocery stores like Thrifty Foods.
Because Kildara is a working farm, there’s no direct parking on site. Instead, said Freeman, people will be taking buses and shuttles to and from the event. The Feast Bus will run out of downtown Victoria at the southwest corner of Mayfair Mall. A free shuttle bus will also run from Meadow Oak Nursery.
Feast of Fields is a culinary event and features a variety of southern Vancouver Island and Saanich Peninsula restaurants, wineries, craft beer and more. Freeman said some businesses keep coming back to the event, while new ones join in every time.
Feast of Fields takes place September 14 and tickets are already on sale. They are available now at Cook Culture in downtown Victoria (1317 Blanshard St.) or the Meadow Oak Nursery in North Saanich (1070 Wain Rd.). Tickets are $95 per person. Add $10 to ride the Feast Bus.
Learn more online (and purchase tickets) at www.farmfolkcityfolk.ca/events/feast-of-fields.
Lobbing for food security
FarmFolk CityFolk uses donations from their annual fundraising events for a variety of food security issues. One of their main efforts, says spokesperson Jennifer Freeman, is ensuring a secure supply of seeds. They have helped build the B.C. Seed Network, ensuring farmers have access to seeds that are not held by corporations. The Network also conducts research on such issues as finding high-yield seeds that grow well in various parts of the province.
The organization is also part of the lobby to protect B.C.’s agricultural land reserve and efforts to ensure farmland stays in the ALR.
Feast of Fields events are held on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland and Okanagan.