“Phenomenal,” was how Susan Le Clair, manager of customer service and corporate communications, described the first Food Lovers Field Days event that took place, at Upper Canada Village, August 17 and 18.
“We exceeded expectations,” said Le Clair, who reported that almost 6,000 people attended over the two days.
Saturday, those who organized the event were already talking about next year’s event.
“We have already been talking about how we can make it even bigger and better,” said Le Clair, who is sure they will be able to make some improvements for next year, now that they have a year’s experience under their belts.
While the food lovers who attended were pleased to learn so much about what is available in their own backyards, so too were the 30 vendors who participated.
By Sunday afternoon, some of the vendors started to run out of product, indicating that their expectations were also exceeded.
Because Upper Canada Village appeals to such a large demographic, the vendors gained exposure to a larger demographic that they may not get at a regular food show, explained Le Clair. “The vendors were very happy,” she said.
The venue has room for even more vendors next year.
Le Clair acknowledged that they were lucky to get such perfect weather, and hopes that will happen again for next year’s event.