Another success for the Festival of Flavours

Gilles Faubert of Elishka Farms and his produce —photo Maxime Myre

From the left, Genevieve Jones, Camille Le Baud Roy andMathewVilleneuve were volunteers from the 57 th Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highland Army Cadets —photo Maxime Myre


The weather, during VankleekHill’s Festival of Flavours on Saturday, was playing tricks on the 5500 people attending the event. Thankfully, the trickery was dismissed by the delicious food, the festive atmosphere and the friendly artisans, farmers and res- taurateurs who had set up shop, for a day, right on Vankleek Hill’s Main Street. This past Saturday, festival goers took a stroll down Vankleek Hill’s Main Street and experienced a culinary trip around the world. The street was packed with locals, foodies and tourists.The 320 ft. table enabled people to take a break and enjoy the wonderful food served fromall the vendors including staples of Vankleek Hill such as Beau’s Brewery and Vert Fourchette. But it was not all about food; some ven- dors offered beauty products made from honey and artisans could showcase their hand-made wares. Local artists could be heard singing from the Vert Fourchette’s upper balcony, which added to the overall charm of the event. Phil Arber of Excellent Events, the direc- tor/organizer of the Festival of Flavours, was on site making sure everything was up to par. “You heard the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, well it takes a community to have such an event”, said Arber. More than 33 volunteers, five department heads, one treasurer, one administrative as- sistant and Arber himself worked 12 hours straight in order for everything to be ready to feed and entertain over 5000 people. Some 35 businesses and residences had their street blocked for the day but, as a com- munity, they offered their electrical outlets to vendors and organizers. The festival also hindered residents from easily getting access to their driveway. All these inconveniences were eclipsed by the success of this annual event that raises funds for the local farmer’s market. After the festival, Arber noticed a man sweeping the street and picking up garbage. He asked him why he was doing it and the man answered: “Well, if I’m not gonna do it, who will?”

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