Published on August 19, 2013
Nataliia Bezugla, owner of Natasha's Fine Foods catering services out of Brockville, ON., served up a storm at the Food Lovers' Field Days event.
Published on August 19, 2013
Musician Eric Pichette, 35, from Ripon, Quebec, was dressed in period clothing as he serenaded a well-fed crowd of spectators.
By Adam Brazeau
Morrisburg, Ontario – Hungry eyed foodies rallied at Upper Canada Village in droves to sample a feast of goodies during the Food Lovers' Field Days event.
It was a chance to savour, sample and shop a wide variety of culinary delights in an outdoor farmers’ market featuring a mix of over 30 foods, deserts, beers and wines.
Ukrainian flavour was one of many aromas filling the air, as Nataliia Bezugla served up a hearty plate of katliettas (Ukrainian meatballs), borscht soup and perogies.
With her husband Peter Edwards, Bezugla runs Natasha's Fine Foods catering services out of Brockville, ON.
"Food always makes people happy, and I love making people happy with my cooking," said Bezugla.
Her passion for cuisine followed from the Ukraine to Canada when she became a citizen here one year ago.
Since arriving she has learned to drive a vehicle and secured a G2 licence. The newly minted Canadian chef also learned the basics of the English language through a second language program taught at SLC.
"It's been a very big experience for me," said Bezugla.
Just a little further from her booth an old-fashioned melody rang out from a tin whistle. Inside a white tent, musician Eric Pichette, 35, from Ripon, Quebec, was dressed in period clothing as he serenaded a crowd of eating spectators. He performed, 'The Coo Coo Song' and 'Rossignolet du Bois' as he switched from mandolin, Irish flute and bodhran drum.
"I chose instruments that represent the historical times that Upper Canada focuses on," said Pichette.
The tie between the musician and the two-day event stems from Pichette's band, Merry Men Minstrels with Bagpipes performing at this year's Upper Canada Medieval festival. Their act consists of traditional Quebec music fused with the customary sounds of Ireland and Britain. The Merry Men Minstrels also do fire juggling and fire breathing.
As Roshan Aubin tended to her samosas, her husband Tim showed off the many organic products from their farm in Spencerville, ON. From grass fed beef to free range chickens the couple were proud to offer a unique blend of farm flavour and East Indian cuisine with an African twist.
The sweetest part of the event came from the Olivia Chocolatiers booth.
The Ottawa-based company makes high-percentage dark chocolate that offers healthier benefits than the average bar. One example is their Olivia HempMilk Chocolate series, a raw vegan bean-to-bar chocolate that is dairy free, gluten, peanut and tree nut free, and soy free.
"I always had a passion for chocolate," said David MacDonald, owner of Olivia Chocolatiers.
A true statement since MacDonald left his job in pharmaceuticals to start the company. He named it after his daughter, who is the same age as the business – five.
MacDonald said the event was great to showcase his brand, since Ottawa and Montreal markets are already eating it up. Cornwall's Love Love Food, located at 10 Fourth Street E., Unit B, picked up the highly-organic chocolate bars and will be selling them in the near future.