The inaugural Incredible Edibles Festival, held in Campbellford, on Saturday, July 12th was a resounding success.
The festival began with opening ceremonies from Mayor Hector MacMillan, and the Donegal Fiddlers kicked off a full day of local musicians and entertainment, to the enjoyment of the crowds. The eight committee members, plus a small legion of volunteers were there from start to finish, ensuring that everything ran smoothly.
It was estimated that approximately 3000 visitors attended the festival, and many of the local merchants, farmer’s market and other attractions in the area saw an increase in business.
The main vendor area consisted of 27 local vendors offering their specialties that ran the gamut from kale chips, local angus beef burgers and pork sausage, gazpacho soup, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, brisket on a bun, samosas, maple syrup poppycock and pecans, organic teas, gluten free butter tart assortments, goat cheese chocolate truffles,
corned beef and home made relish on a bun, just to name a few.
The day was a family affair, children were able to get their faces painted , climb a tractor, and work on puzzles. Boaters came up through the Trent Canal, specifically to enjoy the wonderful day and festival offerings. Many of the visitors came from outside the Trent Hills area, with many from the Toronto area and beyond. They were able to enjoy all of the scenic
delights that Trent Hills has to offer.
The Festival was capped off with a goat derby and fashion show, orchestrated by Debbie Nightingale of Bashert Farms, offering her adorable Nigerian goats for the derby. The crowd was five deep around the race area to enjoy this “first” in a “first” year festival. The overall winners were: Karleigh Knox and Blaire Ballantine, dressed in black cat outfits and red
capes. The good-natured goat was Thumbelina.
On behalf of The Incredible Edibles Festival committee, thank you to all the vendors, sponsors, volunteers, Campbellford merchants, and farmers' market. There are so many unsung heroes who gave their heart and time to make this festival a success. There are already many commitments for the second Saturday in July, 2015!
See everyone next year!
Incredible Edibles Festival Committee Member
*image courtest Sherry Turner