The Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers’ Market, on Sunday, September 9th was host to a creative fundraising event in Old Town Kemptville. The third annual MarketPlates at Riverside Park was a celebration of the fall harvest and the culinary creations that it lends inspiration to.
The event works to bring local farmers and vendors together with local chefs and restaurants on one day, for a truly creative eating experience. Visitors have the opportunity to sample appetizer-sized portions from ten different stations to savour the local flavours through a culinary experience.
Previous years have seen hundreds of visitors, even in last year’s rainy weather.
This event has created lasting relationships between participants, as local restaurants use vendors from the market for produce, baked goods, meats and other items for their menus.
The culinary experience was not the only attraction for the day at Riverside Park. Live music was enjoyed, along with a kid’s zone designated for little ones to pass the day, featuring food-inspired activities and face painting.
The event was planned to be environmentally friendly as well. Plates and forks were purchased at the Salvation Army store in town to allow visitors to enjoy their miniature meals on real plates for a sustainable experience.
What a creative way to introduce the community to local food, restaurants and the strong economic ties between the two for an enjoyable day for all!