It’s still several months away, but Savour Ottawa’s Harvest Table on Sunday, August 18, is already causing some buzz in the city’s foodie community.

With Beckta Dining and Wine, Courtyard Restaurant, Fairmont Château Laurier, Thyme and Again Creative Catering, le café at the National Arts Centre, Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen, and 42 Crichton Street Fine Foods all confirmed to participate, we’re very excited to include many of Ottawa’s top chefs this year.

Harvest Table brings together farmers, chefs and consumers in a celebration of the harvest and the cornucopia of local food Ottawa is fortunate to have available – less than a 30-minute drive from downtown. Chefs partner with farmers to create interesting and original dishes for a multi-course luncheon, based on which ingredients the farmers provide.

Talking with farmers, it’s amazing what we have available in Ottawa considering not long ago we were shovelling thick layers of snow from our driveways. Who would normally associate melons or Jerusalem artichokes or okra with Canada’s capital? Yet, thanks to the ingenuity of our local farmers, it’s all grown here. Not to forget the range of unique livestock raised by producers around Ottawa, from elk to yak to heritage breeds of pork.

Harvest Table aims to highlight all of this, as well as the area’s distinguished culinary talent. Dishes last year included a chilled strawberry-melon soup with goat cheese and a heritage breed pork duo. This year, we have a wide range of local cheeses, meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a medley of other local products including jams.

Ottawa’s local pride is not reserved just for what we eat – it’s also for what we drink. We’re pleased to welcome a number of local wineries and craft breweries to Harvest Table this year.

Perhaps most importantly, Harvest Table gives guests the opportunity to interact and chat with farmers and chefs in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. So you can really get to know the faces behind your food!

For more information, please contact savourevents@justfood.ca or visit the events section of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market website.

Early bird tickets will go on sale later in June. Tickets are $75 each (or $90 for a VIP experience), and include two drink tickets.

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This guest post was by Jessica Sims, coordinator of Savour Ottawa’s Harvest Table. She is a marketing and communications professional living in Ottawa, with passions for food and writing. After receiving a degree in journalism from Carleton University, Jessica began her career reporting on agricultural issues in eastern Ontario. She then left reporting to learn about the restaurant business. She remains closely tied to Ottawa’s culinary community and specializes in food business promotions.

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