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Aji Amarillo potatoes. Chef: René Rodriguez - Navarra. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Feast of Fields delivers a banquet for the senses

By Terry Steeves on October 7, 2016

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On Wednesday night, Ottawans got to enjoy a bountiful harvest of outstanding organic foods, wine, and beer, in a culinary event known as Feast of Fields. Carefor Community Services, in connection with Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa-St. Lawrence Outaouais Chapter, hosted this wonderful showcase of exquisite tastings at City Hall’s Jean Pigott Hall.

A variety of local food growers and producers, in conjunction with some of Ottawa’s top chefs, offered up an array of delectable, sampler-sized portions of everything from meats and seafood, to freshly harvested produce, and desserts, with plenty of fresh juices, wine, and beer to wash it down. The variety of flavours engaged every palette, while aromas of roasted meats, vegetables, herbs, and other delights, swirled straight into the senses. Music by pianist Brian Browne, accompanied by Kelly Craig on trumpet, bumped up the enchanting atmosphere even more.

The scene inside Jean Pigott Hall was a great open space, with white linen clothed tables laden with food along the perimeter of the room. For the price of $65 per ticket, it was one of the most unique and well-rounded culinary experiences I have ever been to. It’s not everyday I get to try raw oysters, smoked brisket, seared salmon, turkhetta, and Jamaican style goat curry (my fave!) in one evening. The best thing about this event is that it not only showcased our local growers, restaurants, and chefs, but all funds raised went to support Carefor’s dementia care programs and services.