EVENT DATE: AUGUST 17, 2013
LOCATION: KELWOOD, MANITOBA
By CATE WATROUS
For the last ten years, Supper-in-the-Field, the Parkland’s premiere culinary event, has put the region’s finest chefs and food producers on centre stage so they can share their talents in this annual al fresco feast. This year, the event will take place on Saturday, August 17 at the Harvest Sun Music Festival in the picturesque village of Kelwood. Located on the eastern side of the spectacular Manitoba Escarpment, Kelwood sits at the base of this imposing geological formation that towers 1000 feet above the venue and marks the boundary between the prairie highlands and the Red River plains.
The menu will feature locally inspired creations from top notch restaurants in the region including Tyler Kaktins from the Foxtail Cafe in Onanole, Adam Duff from Duff’s Steakhouse in Clear Lake, Jennifer Buhler of the White Rabbit Cafe in Kelwood, Daryl Bacon at Western Bakery in Dauphin, and Kaleigh Stobbe from the Wildflower Cafe in Brandon. All of these great chefs have built their reputations on innovative and delicious dishes created from savoury ingredients that the region has become famous for: Manitoba maple syrup, sun-infused fruits, tasty fresh vegetables, wholesome grains, and sustainably raised meats. Together this crew of culinary heavy hitters will be teaming up with suppliers like Littlepath Farm, The Farm Cottage, and Trickle Creek Black Angus. Coffee, wine and beer are also available. Other suppliers and chefs are planning to add their fare to the menu so watch the Parkland Tourism website for details over the summer.
Parkland Tourism’s Director Kathy Swann is once again collaborating with Nadia Kuhl, Artistic Director of Harvest Sun, in what promises to be the best Supper-In-The-Field yet. Not only will the menu and venue be outstanding, but this year diners will also have the option of staying for the evening concert at the festival following their meal.
“The Harvest Sun Music Fest is truly excited to be building on the collaboration we started in 2012,” said Kuhl. “We feel that our two events complement each other in a unique way. We are both focused on building relationships with local producers and supporting the area’s economy by showcasing and partnering with the region’s growers and business owners. We had a terrific response last year from festival attendees and can see that it will only increase this year with the ease of access provided by being on the same site.”
The renewed emphasis on the Parkland’s unique culinary offerings at Supper-In-The-Field is consistent with Harvest Sun's focus on sustainability. All of the chefs are using products from local farmers. They will each be preparing a course or component of the meal that they will be featuring at the dinner. Supper-In-The-Field is sourcing as many supplies as possible from Parkland suppliers including handmade cloth napkins by Tusa Kroeker and sleek chair covers from Jennifer Buhler at the White Rabbit. Both Parkland Tourism and Harvest Sun plan to explore these themes even further in coming years as their partnership matures and develops.
“Canada has become a nation of foodies,” explains Swann. “This type of cuisine has been a big attraction drawing visitors into the Parkland to experience not only the delicious food, but to hear the stories of how that food came to be on their plates.”
The two events are joining forces in other ways too. Sold separately, dinner tickets are $65, Saturday’s music festival passes are $35, and three-day music festival passes are $60. For guests wanting to take in both events there are package deals. For Supper-in-the-Field and the evening music festival, tickets are $89. For Supper-in-the-Field and all three days of Harvest Sun Music Festival, tickets are $115. For more information and Supper-In-The-Field tickets, call 1-888-528-6484. Kelwood is located 17 kilometres south of McCreary and 45 kilometres north of Neepawa on Hwy 5. Directions to the venue come with your ticket.
Harvest Sun, in its eighth successful year, is a grassroots prairie music festival dedicated to showcasing Canadian musicians, and to supporting the agricultural community. The festival will be held August 16 to 18 and the lineup this year includes Sierra Noble, Rah Rah, The Bills, and renowned Children's Entertainer Al Simmons, and many more! Camping is available onsite. More information visit www.theharvestsun.com.
Contact: Kathy Swann