History

Good food and good people.

A Rich History

In 2013 a group of women got together around a farm kitchen table to find a way to change that and bring visitors to town. Although it hadn’t been widely trumpeted before, the local food producers (farmers, processors and related businesses) were doing some very interesting and unique things. So this small group decided to create a food festival to celebrate this. The mandate of the festival that was born at that table.

Incredible Edibles was to celebrate our local food growers and all things related to that. And as a result, it would bring visitors to town, boost the economy and bring and expand awareness about the unique and relevant things we’re doing to people living well beyond our own township. Because of this mandate, an event like this was also bound to help other sectors as well – stores in town, accommodations, restaurants etc. Our hope was that it would be a win-win for everyone.

In our first year we had 22 vendors situated on Front Street (closed to traffic for the Festival), and including the park space adjacent to the Trent Canal. We had workshops, live music and a full day of children’s activities creating a festival for people of all ages. Our goal was to find vendors with unique things to sample and sell and we believe we achieved that with such things as Bison burgers, goat cheese chocolates, gourmet shortbread cookies and much more. We wanted to create a festival where visitors could sample delicious and unique foods, while learning from experts about things like preserving, cheese making and more.

On the first morning we thought if we could attract a few hundred visitors we’d have succeeded and built a strong foundation. But we were shocked and delighted when nearly 3,000 people turned up! Clearly we had struck a chord with local residents and tourists.

Volunteer with the Incredible Edibles Festival

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our team. Please contact us if this might interest you!

Questions?

General: asolmes@gmail.com

Vendors: kwamedotcom@live.com

Entertainment: rkies@sympatico.ca

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