The past two summers have seen me travel more in Ontario than in the entire decade I have lived in my adopted home and last year I fell in love with a little place called Port Hope. You can get up to speed on why Port Hope is just the place to spend your weekends here in my #ExploreOntario post. Or you could get on board for a new festival going down on September 26th & 27th.
Cultivate: A Festival of Food & Drinks has a mandate I can get behind. The festival is designed to bring local chefs, farmers, food producers and brewmasters closer together, improving this community with neighbour-helping-neighbour support systems. It’s also a chance for those hard working folks to celebrate Northumberland and Peterborough Counties.
Under the umbrella of the charitable organization, Local Food for Local Good, based in Cobourg, Cultivate’s initiative is year-around but September 26th & 27th will be the kick off. Tapped to provide the soundtrack for the weekend are venerable Independent Canadian bands like Halifax’s own Wintersleep, and folksters The Strumbellas and Gentlemen Husbands.
The festival’s organizers take keeping food local to heart. Cultivate has been recognized by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance and is a Feast ON Certified Festival. Which means, as Festival Director Jeff Bray says “Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance takes buying local seriously. This designation proves through measures of accountability that we are holding our end of the bargain and buying as much of our food and drink from within Ontario.” The festival, organized by folks immersed in Port Hope’s restaurant and food production industries, plans to do one better and are buying from within the community, pretty much guaranteeing, “the highest level of local economic impact and the most fresh and delicious product possible,” Bray proudly states.
A full roster of Kawartha/Northumberland restaurants, breweries, farm gate producers, musicians, and sponsors available at cultivatefestival.ca, tickets are available there for purchase.
The folks behind Cultivate want you to join them so much they’re offering up some swag for FGFS readers. One winner will receive a pair of free tickets to Saturday and Sunday with a two drink and food tokens each. That’s a value of over $100!
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Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Wednesday. September 23rd.
I’ll be onsite to rep FGFS so come by and say hey-hi-hello if you spot me.
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