I'm assuming a few more readers know about the Village Feast now, given
In a nutshell, the Feast is a community-supported event in Souris, PEI, championed by local Chef Michael Smith and a wide variety of community leaders and businesses. It is a gourmet steak dinner with all the trimmings, held (usually!) outdoors in a summer picnic setting. The ingredients are as local as possible (depending on Mother Nature, of course) and purchased to support local primary industries such as farming and aquaculture. The funds raised support charities both near and far. Near includes the Souris Food Bank, Coats for Kids, and the Main Street Family Resource Centre. Farmers Helping Farmers assist with the "far" part, using the funds to build school cookhouses in Kenya. The hot meal prepared in the cookhouses encourages the children there to attend classes daily, and the cookhouse makes it a lot easier and safer for their mothers to prepare the meal.
I've been waiting for months to debut last year's Feast pics on runty mouse. Thought I'd save them up to generate
Let's start with the raw materials, shall we?
First up, some Island beef. Canada AAA Striploin steaks to be exact. (Incidentally, the excellent quality of Island beef has also been showcased this month with PEI Burger Love. There is no better place for a part-time foodie than Prince Edward Island! If you haven't already, get out there and try one of the creations!)
Freshly picked (and I mean freshly picked) lettuce from Farmer Becky at Fortune Organics:
The (very local) oyster shucking station:
What does this look like when it all comes together?
Now, some miscellaneous and behind-the-scenes shots from the day:
Many hands make light work:
We literally require the army to pull this off: This is a Canadian Forces truck with a Mobile Kitchen Trailer (MKT) attached. It also comes with army chefs! A place to prepare and serve a large portion of the food.
Speerville's wood-fired oven being stoked up for the bread-baking:
Chef Pedro giving instructions on the dessert serving: