Event brews up hoedown fun

The third annual Roots n’ Brews fundraiser for the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan is set for Sept. 21

A popular fall event is going down home with a hoedown thrown in.

The third annual Roots n’ Brews fundraiser for the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan is set for Sept. 21, at the Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge, and this year’s event will feature a down home style menu followed by a hoedown.

“The down home menu will please the palate, and the hoedown will feature the music of Fernie’s Shred Kelly, who recently played the Roots and Blues festival in Salmon Arm,” said Michelle Tsutsumi, Food Action Society secretary.

“Shred Kelly will have people racing to the dance floor.”

Roots n’ Brews will begin with appy hour at 4:30 p.m. where guests can soak up information about local groups such as Young Agrarians, Migrant Workers Support Network, the Good Food Box, and Food Action Society while savouring tasty morsels from Okanagan Spirits, Crannóg Ales, Armstrong Apiaries, Coldstream Creek Road Orchards, Rancho Vignola, Friesen’s, Crescendo and Chocoliro.

“People will be guaranteed to take morsels of information from these groups,” said Tsutsumi. “They can learn how to grow their own food, and they can learn where their local food comes from.”

A full-on local harvest dinner will follow, showcasing the remarkable food items that are produced and available in this region.

Taking part for the second straight year will be chefs Kyla Macaulay (Gumtree Catering), Heath Cates (BX Creek Bar & Grill, Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge) and David Colombe (Table 24, Salmon Arm).

“The chefs have outdone themselves this year,” said Tsutsumi.

“The meal will have a contemporary touch to food reminiscent of much anticipated community barn dances.”

Emcees for the evening will be community food advocate Jayme McKillop, of Rancho Vignola, and Rebecca Kneen from Crannog Ales in Sorrento.

After this feast, everyone will be well-fueled to enjoy the foot-stomping music of Shred Kelly, recently awarded 2013 Live Act of the Year and Song of the Year (The Bear) at the Kootenay Music Awards.

The five-piece band is best known for mixing claw hammer banjo riffs with mandolin, high energy guitars, fiery drums, and sweet harmonies.

There will also be a fun photo booth operated by Matt Brown of the Hubs Arts Collective.

Food Action Society appreciates the generous donations from Nature’s Fare Markets, Sun-FM, Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge, Kal Tire and Okanagan Spirits for helping to make this a grand event.

Tickets are on sale now at the Bean Scene (cash only): cost for Food Action Society members is $40 and non-members are $50 per person.

If you only want to attend the dance portion, tickets will be $15, and will only be available the week before the event.

The Food Action Society is a non-profit, charitable organization whose purpose is to improve food security by cultivating a healthy, sustainable regional food system through education and community action.

For more information, visit www.foodaction.ca.