Foodies unite at upcoming UCV festival

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CORNWALL, Ontario - Do you like food? C'mon - you know you do.

Foodies and all things culinary will be celebrated at Upper Canada Village later this month with 'Food Lovers Field Day' - a showcase for the best of what local food producers have to offer.

Vendors from the Cornwall area and much of SD and G, as well as others from as far afield as Prince Edward County, will be congregating at Upper Canada Village Aug. 17 and 18.

"It is shaping up to be an eclectic collection of food artisans who will be tempting the senses with the aromas and flavours of regional foods and beverages such as artisan cheeses, signature pizzas made with Village flour and baked in one of our beehive ovens," said Susan Leclair, communications officer with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. "Plus we will also have an array of ethnic foods -Indian, Thai, Ukrainian, Greek and Mexican in a special ‘The World at your Doorstep’ section."

Tony Lakroix, owner of Love Love Food in Cornwall, is looking forward to the event.

"The main reason I'm doing this is my love of food," he said in an interview. "It's really great that Upper Canada Village has pooled its resources to do this kind of event."

Lakroix said foodies are becoming more discerning about what they choose to eat, paving the way for locally-grown and prepared meals to be spotlighted.

"People are a lot more interested in what they are putting into their bodies, food-wise," he said.

Two local food experts – Dwight Saunders a raw gourmet chef, teacher and wellness consultant for Aura Culinary Arts of Iroquois will be presenting a demonstration on ‘Pumpkins Impossible’; ‘Preserving Today for Tomorrow’; ‘Wild Edibles’ and ‘Non-Dairy Cheese Making at Home’.  

Lynda Turner a scientist with Health Canada and also the owner/founder of Zengarry Vegetarian Cuisine of Alexandria will be presenting a session ‘All About Greens’ and ‘Cooking with Kids’. 

Cornwall vendors include Linda’s Garden Goodies (jams, jellies and pickles), The Health Nut, Love Love Food and Akwesasne plus from the surrounding areas.

Village staff will provide garden tours led by head gardener Brian Henderson and sampling some of Upper Canada Village’s heirloom vegetables and herbs.  There will also be a special feature on horseradish – how to grow it and prepare this ‘root with roots’ which has been cultivated since antiquity.

Geographic location: Ontario

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