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Garlic Festival 2012

Lorna and I went to Garlic Festival in mid August.

This is the third garlic festival held at the Terra Nova Sharing Farm, according to Lorna. It’s my first time to this festival.

A reception table welcome visitors to the festival.

We caught a lovely song  performed by an artist.

Lush vegetables and flowers in full growth in the summer. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Food For Thought – Stories About Rediscovering Our Connection to Food

Minoo asked me to share a free event coming up on the 31st May 2012. from 6:30PM to 8:00PM in the performance hall, 7700 Minoru Gate.

The event is organised by the Richmond Food Security Society and the Richmond Public Library. It’s a night of food storytelling featuring a diverse panel of distinguished foodies. There’s a growing interest in what we eat, where it comes from and how to grow your own food.

“The Richmond Food Security Society wants to share these amazing stories about food and Asian perspectives,” says Colin Dring, Executive Director of Richmond Food Security Society. “We have a lot to learn from traditional diets and how they relate to food issues such as health, economics and poverty.”

Among the panels are:

Warren Bell is a general practitioner with over a decade of medical experience and works in understanding the connection between healthy living and food.

Stephanie Yuen is a seasoned food and travel journalist well known for her print and online publications such as ‘Beyond Chopsticks.’

Jose Sarabia is a an accomplished local organic farmer and agrologist with extensive experience growing rice in the Philippines.

For more information, please contact: Colin Dring, Executive Director, Richmond Food Security Society (778) 859-1148 or at coordinator@richmondfoodsecurity.org

 

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Applepalooza 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadian readers. Canadian Thanksgiving was instituted in 1957 by the Canadian Parliament as a day of general thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed. This post is about the celebration of the harvest of apples.

The second annual Applepalooza took place at the Gilbert Road Community Garden at the south end of Gilbert Road and Dyke Road. This is also the location for the South Dyke Sharing Farm where the apple orchard is.

It was a bright sunny fall day which was a blessing.

There were lots of activities for the family. It’s a great event to celebrate the fall harvest, particularly apples.

The apple trees were planted in 2008 and they are already yielding a good harvest.

Among the apples is one mystery apple which has yet to be identified. It’s green in colour but not as tart as Granny Smith? It will be great if someone can identify the mystery apple.

Here are some of the products that the canning workshops produced this summer. The above were Apple Ginger ChutneyTomatillo Salsa and Pickled Green Beans.

Ian Lai prepared big pots of chilli and corn on the cob for lunch. I did not stay for lunch and I missed to taste the hearty chilli.

I bought some items back for the boys to try; apple pie, apple ginger chutney and winter banana apples. The winter banana apple is very crisp with a slight tangy flavour. Karen told me that the winter banana keeps really well.

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