Jeff Bray, executive director of Cultivate Northumberland was on hand at Gusto’s restaurant in Port Hope this week to talk about the upcoming June festival celebrating local food served in local restaurants.
The festival will run from June 6 through to June 12. A week that coincides with Ontario’s Local Food Week.
Cultivate Northumberland is run by Jeff, along with co-founders Amelia Sheffield and Nicole Beatty.
It is an initiative celebrating local food, drink, art and culture through promotion education and collaboration.
According to the website, “Started in 2014, Cultivate was a two day festival to celebrate local chefs, restauranteurs, farmers, brewmasters and food artisans. We quickly realized that Northumberland had so much to offer and adjusted to a year long initiative to celebrate Northumberland’s food, drink, art and culture.”
“We hope people will go out seeking these dinners. We hope to create a bit of demand over time..a year round support group that we can push and collaborate with people on the advantages of buying and eating locally….we are hoping to grow a little bit of a food scene here. We want Northumberland to be a food tourism destination. We want to build up and support (local restaurants) because we know in these small towns to do a good job and get by financially is difficult..food tourism is a huge thing right now…” says Mr. Bray.
The participating restaurants are: The Mill Restaurant and Pub, Rey Ray’s, Pitchers Place,Sizzle BBQ Restaurant, Summerhill Bed & Breakfast & Victorian Tea Room, The Woodlawn Inn, Trattoria Gusto, Black Beans Steakhouse & Lounge, Our Lucky Stars Cafe and Coffee Roasters, The Church-key Pub and Grindhouse, Marca On The Wharf.