Love love loved today! I don’t think I could have spent this day any better! I drove out to Brooklands Farm on Butter and Egg Road in Milford Bay, Ontario (just outside of Bracebridge, ON) and parked beside a row of delicious raspberries. I could smell the delicious food awaiting me and hurried to check-in.
The event was very well organized – a gathering of local chefs producing recipes for sampling using local ingredients. Savour Muskoka is an association of like minded individuals from the Muskoka area interested in the following vision:
Our Vision: To provide the consumer with a wide selection of regional culinary products, experiences and packages that are unique to Muskoka and that can be marketed successfully to the visitor market.
Mission: Our mission is to facilitate the successful development of the Muskoka region as a dynamic culinary tourism destination, by promoting all sectors of the economy with an interest in local food and drink.
What a great idea to bring people to Butter and Egg road, historically known the farmers who would supply Muskoka communities with food. Brooklands Farm is a 6th generation working, family farm owned by the wonderful, Ken and Katya Riley.
Many of the restaurants and resorts in the area design their menus around the ingredients they get from farms like theirs. Chefs from many of these places came today to show off their talent by using these local ingredients.
Live acoustic music that moved throughout the crowd, a warm breeze, and the chatter of cottagers, industry people, tourists, and vendors – great way to spend the day. Other than tasting the food, there was an opportunity to purchase “The Ontario Table – the best food from around the province” by Lynn Ogryzlo and we were invited to sign Ontario’s longest tablecloth as part of the Blue Boot Diaries project. If every household spent $10 a week on local food and wine, we would have a stronger, more sustainable economy. She wanted us to write how we contribute to the local food movment she writes about. She was especially interested in how I help as a Wedding Planner.
There are so many ways to showcase the food as well. Muskoka Chefs creatively display their menu items which help make great photos of your special event.
I can’t wait until next year!!! Mmmmm…..