A sold-out crowd gathered together yesterday at the Earthwise Farm in Tsawwassen to celebrate and enjoy an amazing array of fresh, local foods at the 5th Annual 100-Mile Banquet. This charitable event raises funds for environmental education.
Guests were able to taste a menu focused on local, organic and sustainable ingredients with many grown right at the farm. The 5-course meal was paired with local fine wines. The courses included: Squash Soup with ricotta ravioli, Crab Salad on winter greens, Pacific Halibut with carrot butter and arugula pesto, local Venison with roasted winter vegetables including fingerling potato and an Apple Beignet dessert.
This year’s Hundred Mile Banquet featured the culinary creativity of Chef Derek Bothwell of Gastown’s Chill Winston restaurant.
Visitors were also entertained with live music, prize draws and a host of silent auction items – everything from restaurant gift cards, delectable food baskets and gardening services. The auction proved to be popular with diners who were bidding competitively and feverishly right to the final moments. Staff and volunteers had transformed and decorated the site's red barn into a welcoming, sparkling autumn evening atmosphere.
Earthwise Executive Director Patricia Fleming made a special point of thanking all the many sponsors, volunteers and staff who came together to create such a successful community event.
The Earthwise Society operates the Boundary Bay Earthwise Farm, Garden and Environmental Education Centre on a three-acre site in Tsawwassen, British Columbia. This impressive, unique facility models sustainable practices and provides opportunities for hands-on learning and environmental stewardship for all ages.