Taste the Re­gion Gen­er­ates Record Profit

Stanstead Journal - - STANSTEAD JOURNAL - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

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.

Photo Made­line Mul­hol­land

There was a record turnout at last Satur­day’s Taste of the Re­gion event at the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum.

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