Fernwood Bites 2013 pulled out all the stops. Each year, this fundraiser for the Fernwood NRG impresses, but this year was a showstopper. Food and drink was plentiful and had the perfect mix of savoury, salty, and sweet with bakeries, breweries, and food vendors evenly spaced throughout Fernwood Square. While most food festivals are best for those who are omnivorous, this year Fernwood Bites had a good range of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and even raw food options. It was nice to see options and an inclusive atmosphere for everyone.
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Each vendor really impressed me this year. Cook Culture had a flavourful yellow vegetarian curry, Origin Bakery had delicious gluten-free chocolate cakes and cheese puffs, Fernwood Inn was shucking fresh oysters all night, Wildfire Bistro had wood-fired mini pizzas and rhubarb galettes (my personal favourite), Norte Street Food had hot corn tortillas with a spicy beef topping, and Yonni’s Doughnuts (found only at Discovery Coffee) were simply irresistible. Bubby’s Kitchen, a favourite haunt of mine, had black mustard seed encrusted seared ahi tuna on a quinoa salad, which was conveniently placed near to Victoria Gin. With Phillips Brewery’s summer Raspberry Wheat Ale a few tables down, cheese and charcuterie from Charelli’s and raw lemon macaroons from Ingredients Organic Market, the food variety was impressive. And as the evening wore on, even the slight rain couldn’t dampen the happy vibe. All I could see were happy, smiling faces of well-fed people and full stomachs. I know I won’t be the only one already marking next year’s event on my calendar.
The Fernwood Bites Fundraiser was generously supported by:
Aubergine Specialty Foods, Bona Vini Wines Co., Bubby Rose’s Bakery, Bubby’s Kitchen, Ca Va Bistro Moderne, Cook Culture, Charelli’s Cheese Shop and Delicatessen, Cooks’ Day Off, Cornerstone Café, Discovery Coffee, Fernwood Coffee Company, Fernwood Inn, Hoyne Brewing Co., Ingredients Organic Care, Norte Street Food, Ooh La La Cupcakes, Origin Bakery, Padella Italian Bistro, Phillips Brewing Co., Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, Silk Road Tea, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, Stage Wine Bar, Stir it Up, The Parsonage, Renaissance Wine Merchants, Victoria Spirits, Wildfire Bakery, Yates St. Taphouse