Taste the Region Generates Record Profit
The Colby Curtis Museum hosted its 7th annual Taste the Region event on the grounds of the Museum during the Borderfest celebrations of July 9th. The event is held annually and is one of about 8 yearly fundraisers the Museum holds to help finance its administration. Taste the Region was originally held indoors at Christmas time, but has been held during Borderfest festivities for the last three of its 7 years due to the greater profit generated through the increased publicity it now receives. Funds raised last Saturday totalled $1,200, which is reportedly the events’ most profitable year yet.
The greatest aspect of this event is obviously the wonderful variety of food,. Before the event even began one could smell sausages roasting on the grill and hot coffee brewing. The samples were hard to resist, especially a few of the more exotic flavours one does not get to experience every day. Despite there being delicious offerings from every vendor present, there were a few items that should be noted due to the fact these are not likely to come to one’s attention in the course of everyday food shopping, so for this reason I will men- tion them. Boise Lee Farm opened their Lady Banting Restaurant last summer. They have a new chef this year who hails from Paris. His name is Claude and he is a dangerous man to anyone on a diet. Claude prepared creations that spoke of refinement. After sampling his duck, rabbit, beef, shrimp, and escargot, all of which were nestled in colourful chutney and sauces, I mentioned being glad he wasn’t working in my kitchen or I would never stop eating. The smoked fish and spreads offered by a local business off highway 143 were more delicious than any I have found. Apparently their prices are competitive, so they are worth mentioning for those who love fresh fish. A new vendor present this year in Stanstead offers organic foods, including pet food...which I did not taste. Worth mentioning are their organic cheese and a light, flavourful ranch dressing with minced herbs and vegetables. Every other vendor also offered wonderful treats, many of which are offered at our Local Market every Sunday morning at Stanstead College.
In total there were fifteen local food vendors represented last Saturday, each of whom paid $10 for the reservation of their booth and were able to keep all profits from sales generated during the day. This year there were four new vendors present, and all reported to be very satisfied with the turnout and enthusiasm of the public. Jeanne D’Arc, of the Colby Curtis Museum, has organized this event from its inception. She stated she was very pleased with this year’s profits and asked that her gratitude be expressed to the public for their participation.
There was a record turnout at last Saturday’s Taste of the Region event at the Colby-Curtis Museum.