Take a Walk on the Wild (Blueberry) Side!

Wild blueberries as far as the eye can see! It was all things blueberry this past Sunday August 24th as the fifth annual Wild Blueberry Festival took place at Evergreen Brick Works. It was truly a blueberry feast!

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From farmers� markets and cooking workshops to an Ontario Craft Beer & Cider Garden and a decadent Blueberry Brick Works Brunch, the wild blueberry celebration had something for everyone.

While shopping for wild blueberries, pies and other specialty products at Sunday�s Farmers� Market, we were able to meet vendors, highbush blueberry growers and wild blueberry pickers � like Forbes Wild FoodsBizjak Farms and? Feast of Fields � all while jamming out to the live music from soul-rock band The Honeyrunners.

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Wild blueberries, a heavyweight in preventative health, are powerful antioxidants that have some serious health benefits. Luckily, wild blueberries are seriously delicious as well! So delicious that the Blueberry Brick Works Brunch had delectable blueberry treats created by the local food artisans. Augies’ pops was serving up blueberry cheesecake, lemonade and basil lime popsicles, Monforte Dairy�s blossom fresh sheep cheese with blueberries left us craving seconds and the aroma of brie and wild blueberry french toast with bacon was calling our name as it wafted from the Localista Food Truck.

After I was sufficiently stuffed from the delicious treats, I washed it all down with the many unique beverages from the Ontario Craft Beer & Cider Garden. Wild blueberry cocktails were flowing alongside Lanark County Blueberry Mead from Trafalgar Ales & Meads, Cranberry Blueberry Wine from Muskoka Lakes Winery, and Canadian Framboise from Southbrook Winery.

blue_fest4I was most excited for the Wild Blueberry Pie Bake-Off. Being able to taste and vote on my favourite blueberry pie? Sign me up!

The contestants participating were Chef Trish Donnelly from Evergreen�s Chimney Court, Chef Celia Satov from Celia the Celiac and Chef Fran Earle from Molly B�s Gluten Free Kitchen. Both Celia the Celiac and Molly B�s Gluten Free Kitchen submitted gluten free entries that were absolutely spectacular and friendly to my stomach! With a mouth full of wild blueberries and a stained shirt, I cast my vote. In my eyes, it was a three-way tie since all three scrumptious entries showcased the star of the festival, the wild blueberries.

What better way is there to spend the last few days of summer than cooking, tasting and celebrating our favourite wild berry? We can’t wait for what next year’s festival will bring!

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