Audrey’s Feast

30 Sep

IMG_4008by Diva Trista Russell

I have to admit that when I heard about this event, I had no idea who Audrey was. But after attending Audrey’s Feast, it appears that Audrey was wonderful inspiration to our community, and especially the Farmers’ Market in my hometown of Exeter. Unfortunately, she recently passed away, but it was evident from the kind words spoken throughout the night that her inspiration still lives on.

Audrey’s Feast was a long-table style dinner that was held in a tent right beside Main Street in Exeter. Audrey’s Feast was inspired by Audrey McFalls, who saw similar events celebrating local food held in neighbouring regions and wanted to bring it to Exeter. The proceeds from the Feast went to the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre and the Exeter Farmers’ Market. The servers throughout the night were all vendors from the Farmers’ Market. Dinner was catered by Devin Tabor of Bon Vivant Personal Chef Service, and live music by Devon Martene and Jon Gill.

The delicious dinner started off with an amuse-bouche (bite size appetizer) of smoked Lake Huron fish, mixed greens with roasted beets, and roasted sweet potato soup. For the main course, there was roast beef with gravy and horseradish cream sauce, and honey dijon roast chicken. This was accompanied with a medley of veggies, smashed potato with roasted garlic, and fresh rolls with seasoned butter. The dessert was an an apple crumble with fresh raspberries, chantilly cream and mint. Yum!

IMG_4009The dinner featured items from Barrking Hill FarmBayfield Berry FarmCedar Villa Angus FarmsFirmly Rooted FarmGood Luck GardensMcClymont Century OrchardSheldon Berries, The Home Farm, and Cudmore Farm.

Guest speaker for the evening was Andrew Fleet, who is Director of Growing Chefs! Ontario, a non-profit organization based in London that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members to help get kids excited about how to grow and prepare healthy food. One of the programs Growing Chefs! Ontario offers is called “Fresh Food Frenzy” which takes school kids to a local farmers’ market and then prepare a meal using market ingredients.

He also spoke about how we need to change how the way we look at food, as often we look at eating as an inconvenience in our busy day. He said that Europeans, especially Italians, have it right: they look at food and eating as a priority, and fit the other things in life around food.

I hope this event happens again next year!

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Each diner got to take home a package from Egg Farmers Ontario, including a handy microwave egg cooker.

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I was one of the lucky winners who got to take home a beautiful centrepiece of fresh cut flowers from Cudmore Farms!

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Some wonderful ladies from London that I met at Audrey’s Feast. Hope you enjoyed the evening!

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A sample of the items you can purchase at the Exeter Farmers’ Market.

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3 Responses to “Audrey’s Feast”

  1. Joseph Rapai September 30, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    The #secret about #ontariotraveldivas is a secret no more the #bestofhuron … 🙂

  2. Joseph Rapai September 30, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Reblogged this on Breakthrunow Rapai Consulting and commented:
    The #bestofhuron

  3. Kathryn September 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Hi Trista
    It was a pleasure to meet you at Audrey’s Feast.
    Thanks for the delightful review of the inspiring evening
    Kathryn(one of the ladies from London–I’m holding the flowers)

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