Hamilton Eat Local at Food and Drink Fest 2009!

Hamilton Eat Local was delighted to participate in the 4th Annual Food and Drink Fest over the weekend. We had a great time handing out 2008 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! maps, farm brochures and greenbelt guides. A big thank you to the City of Hamilton and Tourism Hamilton for generously sponsoring a table for us. Thanks also to Chris Krucker of ManoRun Organic Farm for "manning" the table for us on Sunday, since eating locally is all about being up close and personal with our farmers.

In the photo above we have three women who are part of the local food movement. Caroline Merritt, Project Manager of the Ottawa St Farmers Market, Business Development Consultant in Economic Development & Real Estate Division for City of Hamilton Susan Coverdale and our very own the ever-smiling Karen Burson, Eat Local's Project Manager.

The event was well-organized with great food samples from local restaurants, an impressive array of wines and beers to sample. The lovely live music, the popular food demonstrations and various draws for amazing prizes were all part of the magic. Attendance was up from last year to the point that all of the 2009 sample tickets were sold out by Saturday night! Luckily, some leftover 2008 tickets were available. We are definitely excited to be there again next year!

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