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The Food Action Society of the North Okanagan hosts the fifth annual Roots N’ Brews

An annual traditional is fresh from the farm.

The Food Action Society of the North Okanagan hosts the fifth annual Roots N’ Brews local food celebration and fundraiser Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. at the Best Western Vernon Lodge.

“We bring together passionate local chefs, local farmers and  food producers and a team of dedicated volunteers to create a four-course dinner and dance that reflects the brilliance of the Okanagan’s farm and food culture,” said Sarah Clark-Armstrong, event co-ordinator.

The night kicks off with an hour of complimentary tastings of locally produced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from the BX Press Cidery, Planet Bee Meadery, Bliss Tea Kombucha, Summerhill Winery, the Organic Tea Grannies and Marten Brewing.

It’s then on to the four-course, plated dinner featuring Fresh Valley Farm pork. In addition, there will be a cheese course sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada and presented by cheese expert David Beaudoin.

After dessert by Gumtree Catering and coffee from Triumph Coffee, there will be entertainment by  Chipko Jones.

“This event is an opportunity to connect as a community, learn about our food system and enjoy the bounty of our rich agricultural home,” said Clark-Armstrong.

All of the proceeds will help the Food Action Society’s food security educational activities and skill-building programs such as gleaning, community gardening and cooking programs.

“This is a sell-out event, so get tickets while you can,” said Clark-Armstrong.

Tickets are $60 and they are available at the Best Western Vernon Lodge, the Bean Scene Coffee House, Triumph Coffee and BX Press Cidery.

The gold sponsors are the Best Western Vernon Lodge, Sun FM, Fresh Valley Farms, Nature’s Fare, Community Futures and Kal Tire.

Donating their time are chefs Kyla Macaulay, Billy and Stacy from Gumtree Catering, Matthew Tardiff, from the Lodge, and Kristina Sidorczuk, from Eatology and Cracked Pepper Catering.

For more information, call 250-309-8321 or e-mail livemorefreely@gmail.com.

You can also go to www.foodaction.ca for information.