This year’s event will feature 26 participants, including local restaurants and caterers, as well as beverage makers and more.
“The idea is they try to use something seasonally appropriate that they buy from the farmer’s market or from a local supplier or purveyor,” Summers says. “[They] make a little one-, two-bite snack, basically, and everyone just kind of hangs out and has a good time.”
Nicole Mackie, Chef at Salty Fig Catering and Owner of The Cure Culinary Provisions is one of the chefs making culinary magic for the event. She joined Farm2Chefs during the pandemic and says she’s looking forward to her first grazing event
“Just being able to celebrate all the business we have in town,” Mackie says. “How hard everyone has worked over the last couple of years especially, and to be able to celebrate food with the people that we love.”
Every year, Farm2Chefs picks a local cause to donate the funds they raise during the grazing event. This year, the grant will help support the PIT Stop Program at the Kamloops United Church.
“Farm2Chefs, being a food-oriented organization, to support [PIT Stop] just goes hand-in-hand,” PIT Stop Program Coordinator Tomas Bijok tells CFJC Today. “We are so grateful to them for this money that goes to support our program so we can buy amazing food to serve to our guests, week-to-week.”
And once the food has been chewed and it’s time to clean up, Friendly Composting will be there to take away all the food waste from this year’s event.
“It was just a really neat opportunity to think about one-off events and how we can have a really, really huge impact with and change the narrative,” Katie Forsyth, co-founder and CEO of Friendly Composting says. “This is an event that’s been around for many years, and it’s cool to see it going that green-friendly route.”
With a little more than two weeks remaining before the event, Summers suggests that if you want to go, you’d better grab your tickets soon.
“Usually, we have quite a few tickets leading up to the final week of the event, but we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty,” Summers says. “I encourage people, if they want to, go on to Eventbrite with Farm2Chefs and get their tickets right away.”