Open Farms Harvest event presented by Hartington Equipment celebrating local farms, food and beverages
September 13, 2023
Updated link below: Tickets are now on sale for this unique culinary experience that blends education, local food and beverage, with storytelling
The City of Kingston, in partnership with the County of Frontenac, will showcase the end of Open Farm Days celebrations with the 2nd annual Open Farms Harvest event presented by Hartington Equipment on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-4:30 p.m. This ticketed autumn celebration will take place in Memorial Hall, located within Kingston City Hall, and outside in Springer Market Square. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste, sip, and learn their way through a thoughtfully curated harvest food experience, featuring eight local chefs and eight area beverage companies coming together to prepare exciting tastings using local ingredients, brought in by regional farmers from rural Kingston, Frontenac County and the area.
New this year, is the Farmer’s Market showcasing many farms supplying products to our chefs, as well as some of the weekly farm producing vendors who offer their locally grown and raised food at our Kingston Public Market on a regular basis. These farms will be wrapped around the fenced event site, so that not only the attendees of the event, but the general public will be able to experience, sample and purchase what they offer.
At the Open Farms Harvest event, local food tastings, created by our local chefs, will be paired with a selection of Ontario wines from Prince Edward County, as well as craft beers from some of the finest craft breweries in the greater Kingston and Frontenac area. We are also excited about adding a local coffee company and creamery for your enjoyment. The event will feature live demonstrations with a charcuterie board and wine pairing demo with Chef Brad Long and Closson Chase Wines, as well as a Daft Beer and cheese pairing demo sponsored by Stone City Woodworks. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn firsthand from farmers about the food they produce.
Special thanks to presenting sponsor Hartington Equipment, Chef’s Demonstration Sponsor Stone City Woodworks, and partners Frontenac County and CFB Kingston for their time, commitment and support. Grateful for the additional contributions to the event from Culligan Water, Sun Harvest Greenhouses, Forman Farms and Thorpe Farms.
“Food prepared with love, attention to detail, and a sense of place has the power to educate people and share where our food is grown,” says Tracey Snow, the City’s Manager of Rural Economic & Community Development. “Moreover, we will deliver a culinary experience that partners local food, music, and beverages into a memorable afternoon, within a beautiful harvest setting at our historic Kingston City Hall.”
Tickets are $75 plus HST and are now on sale online at CityofKingston.ca/PLAY. Each ticket includes a handmade wood charcuterie board, by Stone City Woodworks, for tastings throughout the event from eight local chefs creating food grown in our region, as well as eight local beverage offerings, and access to food and farm seminars. Children 8 years and under are free to attend. A full list of participating businesses and organizations, and more detailed information about the demonstrations and seminars can be found at CityofKingston.ca/