After two years of our Harvest Supper Take Away version, we feel the time is right to gather once again safely as Community. We are delighted to invite you to join us for the 7th Annual NaramataSlow Harvest Potluck Supper on Sunday, October 23rd in Columbia Hall at the Centre. The value of breaking bread together is fundamental to community, to share, to listen, to debate and to find common ground.
For the 2022 version, we have shifted to a mid day meal, beginning at 1:00 pm. It is our wish that, with weather cooperating, we will dine on the lawn of Columbia Hall to soak in the fall splendour!
The meal will once again, be provided by the guests ‘potluck-style’. Guests are challenged to showcase as much Naramata grown, raised or sourced ingredients in their dish they contribute to the supper, to share. A library of recipes from the afternoon’s meal will be compiled and available for future use on the NaramataSlow Pinterest board.
“Coming back to a communal table has proven to be one of our most valuable events as an organization”, spokesperson for the NaramataSlow Society, Miranda Halladay says, “not because of fundraising, but because there is no other event we have found that inspires dialogue between Naramatians in such a collaborative way. The Harvest Supper truly nurtures Community in Naramata.
We are thrilled to be able to continue to create a new table for 2022, share recipes and make more friends at this year’s dinner.”
Bella Homestead Farm owner, Jay Drysdale will be providing the pork for the evening that has been raised less than 2 kilometers from the site of the dinner. Drysdale has been raising pigs as a means to maintain the diversity on his natural vineyard and home site of Bella Wines, Canada’s first sparkling wine specific winery. The pigs raised this year converted about 1.5 tons of food waste from three restaurants in the village into rich organic matter for the soil.
“What an unbelievable opportunity to sit and break bread with neighbors, fellow winemakers, farmers and community members” says Drysdale. “It’s truly inspiring to see how this movement is taking hold in our area. For me to be able to contribute in this way is quite an honor”
Columbia Hall at the Naramata Centre will once again host this year’s event. A gathering place for this community for over 70 years and a local destination for retreat, community and outreach programming , The Centre is providing the use of its facilities as the main gathering place for this harvest supper. Sasha Viminitz, Executive Director at the Centre says the Centre’s vision of Welcoming community; where people of all ages are valued for who they are resonates well with the values of the Naramata CittaSlow community. “We are excited to be part of this event where we can celebrate the bounty of the harvest and the gifts of this land.” The Naramata Centre thanks the Cittaslow committee for their work to bring this event together and are proud to help support this event.
A select group of Naramata wineries will also be on hand to offer wines for purchase that showcase the unique terrior of the Naramata Bench. All wines will have been sourced from vineyards located within the Cittaslow designated area. A tasting area will be set up so guests will have the opportunity to sample all the wines and note the distinct character from specific sites. “There is so much that can be learned about our terrior, our backyard, our winemakers and our local flavors by tasting wines side by side in this format” says Halladay.
Also featured at the dinner will be a Preserve and Produce Exchange. Bring a jar of your favourite preserve from this year’s harvest and take a jar of your new favourite preserve home to enjoy. As well, if any one has excess produce, bring it along and exchange for something you don’t grow. Any left over produce will be donated to local charities. Another way to celebrate and share the beauty and the bounty of our local harvest.
This event is a celebration of our community and families are a part of our community and so children are welcome and we look forward to how they would like to contribute to this local harvest meal….. (but we have to ask you to leave your dogs at home).
Please join us in celebrating the abundance of the harvest and the joy of community.
The NaramataSlow Dinner is being convened by the Naramata CittaSlow Society, to raise awareness and create conversations around Naramata’s designation as a Cittaslow Community. In 2010, the Regional District of Area E, commonly known as Naramata was only one of 2 communities in Canada to receive the Cittaslow designation.
Sponsored in part by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkimeen and the Naramata Centre