Raising foot-stomping food awareness

The third annual gala fundraiser, Roots n' Brews is set to take place Sept. 21 in Vernon

Food Action Society of the North Okanagan is hosting its third annual gala fundraiser, Roots n’ Brews, Sept. 21 at the Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge. The down-home menu will please the palate, while funds raised will support local food initiatives and events.

This year’s hoe down begins with Appie Hour at 4:30 p.m. Guests can soak up information about local groups such as Young Agrarians, Migrant Workers Support Network and the Good Food Box while savouring tasty morsels from Okanagan Spirits, Crannog Ales, Armstrong Apiaries, Coldstream Creek Road Orchards, Rancho Vignola, Friesen’s, Crescendo and Chocoliro.

A harvest dinner will follow, showcasing the remarkable food items that are produced and available in this region. Chefs Heath Cates (BX Creek Bar & Grill), David Colombe (Table 24, Salmon Arm), and Kyla MacAulay (Gumtree Catering) have outdone themselves this year.

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

The Food Action Society appreciates the generous donations from Nature’s Fare Markets, SunFM, Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge, Kal Tire and Okanagan Spirits.

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

The Food Action Society is a non-profit, organization whose purpose is to improve food security by cultivating a healthy, sustainable regional food system through education and community action. For more information, see www.foodaction.ca.