More than 80 people enjoyed a local foods potluck hosted by Smiths Falls’ Two Rivers Food Hub on Jan. 31. While feasting on a wide selection of dishes, including lamb stew, homemade perogies, winter-grown greens and gluten-free brownies, farmers joined with food buyers to discuss their respective needs for the 2017 planting season.
The Gallipeau Centre-based Hub, which specializes in connecting regional farmers with distributors and buyers while providing safety-certified food production and storage facilities, hopes this mid-winter gathering will become an annual event.
The “Potluck Competition and Growing Season Planning Event” featured a variety of chefs specializing in locally-sourced cuisines, including David Schaub from Ottawa’s Black Cat, Harriet Clunie of Ottawa’s Beechwood Gastropub, Chris Jestin from Carp’s Cheshire Cat, and Jason Low representing Kemptville’s South Branch Bistro.
In addition to the sumptuous food on offer, guests sampled fresh brew from Perth’s Loon Kombucha and Smiths Falls’ 4 Degrees Brewing, as well as a brand new garlic and apple scape wine produced by Kozroots Farm in Monkland.
After guests voted on their favourite dishes, Andreas Baumann from Athens’ Green Lake Maple emerged as the winner of the “soon to be coveted” Golden Pan Award for his maple sticky buns.