Food Lovers’ Field Days at Upper Canada Village is Eastern Ontario’s newest culinary event.
Set for August 17 and 18 at Upper Canada Village, the new event is reminiscent of food lovers weekend events from the past, but it is much expanded.
In the past Upper Canada Village has offered a Food Lovers Weekend that mostly consisted of garden tours, with some sampling of period foods.
“This year, food lovers will have a field day,” said Jancis Sommerville, a key organizer of the revamped and much-expanded event.
The fair ground, inside Upper Canada Village, will be set with over 30 food vendors offering their products for sample and for sale. Sweets, health foods, fresh produce, comfort foods, wine, beer, and even international cuisine will have a place, set against the backdrop of Upper Canada Village.
Foodie fun will be found throughout the fairgrounds and run over into Village establishments like Cooks Tavern, which will be offering up heritage drinks.
A 19th century beehive oven will be used by a present day chef to cook up pizzas made specially for the occasion. Heritage Wheel Pizzas will make use of Village flour, cheese and heirloom vegetables.
Smoking technique demonstrations, of present and past can be seen, along with the regular heritage cheese-making and bakery demonstrations.
Special cooking demonstrations will take place on the fair grounds some featuring South Dundas resident and Raw Gourmet Food Chef Dwight Saunders.
Some of the latest trends in food are very reminiscent of the 19th century, such as the 100 mile diet, clean eating of whole, unrefined foods, and the return to the concept of the family meal.
“So many trends are looking back to tradition, so that makes this event really relevant,” said Susan Le Clair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
Sommerville explained that, through organizing the event she did a tremendous amount of research and learned so much not only about the food, but about what is offered throughout the whole Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec region.
“A lot of people will be surprised to see what there is to offer and all that is available locally and throughout the region,” said Sommerville. “I’ve lived in this area my whole life and I couldn’t believe that we had so much, right in our own backyard.”
Access to the farmer’s market in the fairgrounds, souvenir Bellamy’s Grist Mill bags (one per party), presentations and activities are all included with admission to Upper Canada Village.