Richmond- The Sharing Farm Society is hosting its 8th Annual Garlic Festival, Sunday August 21, a celebration of the “stinking rose”. Past years have drawn in a multicultural crowd of more than 5,000 to this all ages event and this year is predicted to be no exception.
This year the festival is promoting sustainable family living. “No matter the age, every person in a family brings something to the family table,” said festival organizer. “Families have the ability to grow and evolve sustainably through mindful play, learning how food grows, healthy eating, and learning about the environmental impact of our daily lives.”
Amidst the live entertainment, an expanded farmer’s market, cooking demonstrations, and a celebrated children’s area, will be the main attraction: the food.
This year, participating restaurants and chefs have been challenged to create healthy, locally sourced, family friendly meals with a garlic twist. “I am thrilled to be able to support the farm,” said chef Karen McAthy of Blue Heron Creamery, a 5-year farm contributor. “I think it is essential for chefs to walk the talk with respect to the increasing challenges regarding food security and our food system.”
McAthy and her chef de cuisine Eden Chan will be serving up bites of their plant-based cheese sandwich with tomato tapenade, while her partners will be selling garlic inspired plant-based cheeses made specifically for the festival. “As always, I am just excited to be out at the farm. It is beautiful and the festival is such a unique experience from other food events in that it truly embraces inclusiveness and is accessible.”
The festival takes place at The Sharing Farm located in the award winning Terra Nova Rural Park. For 7 years, The Garlic Festival has been The Sharing Farm’s signature annual fundraiser, supporting their food-dignity mandate to grow fresh, local, organic produce for low- income families.
8th Annual Garlic Festival
Sunday, August 21, 2016
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission by donation
The Festival is held at the award winning
Terra Nova Rural Park
2771 Westminster Highway
Northwest corner of Richmond, B.C.
Get directions: http://metrovangarlicfest.ca/directions/
Free Parking for cars and bicycles: Safe, secure, FREE bicycle parking with The Bicycle Valet. It’s like a coat check for bikes — completely hassle-free and secure! We give you a claim stub, and you give us your bike. After the event, you bring back the stub and we return your bike. http://thebicyclevalet.ca/faqs-for-cyclists/
The Westin Grand Vancouver’s Hidden Tasting Bar & Lounge: http://www.hiddenvancouver.ca/
ARC Restaurant at the Fairmont Waterfront: http://www.arcdining.com/
Mosaic Grille at the Hyatt Regency: http://vancouver.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/MosaicGrille.html
Bon Vivant Group: http://www.bonvivantgroup.ca/
Blue Heron Creamery: http://www.blueheroncheese.com/
River Rock Casino Resort: http://www.riverrock.com/
Next Jen: http://nextjen.ca/
About The Sharing Farm Society:
The Sharing Farm’s mandate: we grow food, we grow farmers, we grow community.
For 7 years, The Sharing Farm’s signature annual fundraiser, The Garlic Festival, has supported their food-dignity mandate to grow fresh, local, organic produce for low-income families.
It originated from a small team of volunteers collecting surplus fruit to give to the Richmond Food Bank. Through small-scale produce farming on donated land, The Sharing Farm Society now cultivates 3 acres at Terra Nova Rural Park.
The Sharing Farm operates on a tiny budget, but thanks to the generosity of over 1,000 volunteers annually and the devotion of a small core of part-time staff, the Farm is able to provide thousands of pounds of fruit and vegetables every year to community meal programs and the Richmond Food Bank. In 13 years, the Farm has donated over 230,000 pounds of fresh produce.
Want to get your hands in the dirt for a good cause? Visit the website to sign up. http://metrovangarlicfest.ca/volunteer-registration-is-open/
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