Arlo Jamin

Inaugural Feast and Fest celebrates local food

A fall festival kicked off its first year in Fernie Sept. 19-20.

The Harvest Feast and Fest celebrated their inaugural event over the weekend, with two days of festivities. The Feast, catered by chef Barrie Elliott, treated the 100 attendants to a locally inspired meal, while the Fest was a celebration of urban farming and food grown in the Elk Valley.

The Harvest Feast and Fest was organized in conjunction with Wildsight and was designed to be a fundraiser for the environmental group. Sharon Switzer, president of Wildsight, said she is really pleased with the results of the event, describing it as “spectacular.”

“We were really happy to have the community support a food event. It’s different than most of the events and we had overwhelming success at both days and we felt really supported and really grateful that people came out and supported us,” said Switzer.

The Fest featured different events and attractions, including a cakewalk, a chili taste-off, and prizes for the largest and most unique vegetables. It also feature children-friendly attractions, such as miniature pony rides, fair games and haystack to play in. Vendors from the Mountain Market set up their booths for a final time, selling local produce, meat and art goods.

While the organizers are still totaling the final amount raised, Switzer said that the event has already been regarded as a success and they are looking for to continuing it.

“I think definitely there will be a second annual coming. I think everybody from Wildsight has committed to doing it,” said Switzer. “I think we branded it really well. I think it really spoke to who the organization is in the way we presented it and I’m really proud of it.”

Just Posted

Fernie local apprehended after break and enter

Elk Valley RCMP Early in the morning of Saturday, March 17, an… Continue reading

Former Riders coach reflects

Mohr looking for new opportunities after contract ends

Athletes ready for world stage

Three Fernie athletes to compete in the world’s biggest junior freeride competition.

Hydro prices to surge

Elk Valley businesses brace for 3 per cent Hydro rate increase.

Elk Valley rallies for car fire victim

Aussie loses everything in car fire

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

Pro-Trump protest sign with F-word is OK, court rules

Judges say Ontario man can protest publicly, even using vulgar language

Sparwood skaters impress

Club farewells coach

Army cadets test survival skills

Cadets endure -18C conditions

Exhibition builds compassion

Opioid use in focus

Medicinal cannabis patient shares story

Fernie mom spreads compassion

Epic deal for FAR

RCR signs new partnership

VIDEO: Police officer looking for distracted drivers gets hit by truck

Road safety investigator clipped by trailer while patrolling busy intersection

YVR wants you to help name three new puppies

Say hello to the Vancouver Airport’s new assistance pups

Most Read