Salt Spring farmers and foodies are warming up to farm-to-table dining. Within the last couple of years, several farms have hosted this kind of event, such as Stowel Lake, Foxglove, Knoth, Bullock Lake, and Golden Tree farms. In this last week, Redwing Farm joined the fun!
The dining is a social experience. Settings are arranged on long tables, which means people are seated next to and across from acquaintances and strangers who become friends while course after course is served. The dishes are incredibly fresh as most of the food is grown on the farm or on other local farms―picked the same day it’s cooked.
Chefs include local talent or visitors, such as Chef Haan Palcu-Chang who came to visit his mother and, while he was at it, feed 175 people at Bullock Lake Farm over a 3-day period! Haan makes part of his living creating “pop-up restaurants” in various locations in Canada. It’s a concept that works if a chef wants to avoid the high overhead costs of opening a restaurant and wants creative freedom to invent new menus regularly. Menus are influenced by seasons and any number of unpredictable factors that can affect a harvest.
Most of these dinners have been fundraisers for local agricultural projects. Bullock Lake Farm’s recent farm-to-table series is a new addition to their farm business. They’ll be hosting several more over the summer with another visit from Chef Haan in late August.