Win a Pair of Tickets to Harvest Picnic!

In case you haven’t seen the posters around town – big news! We are official sponsors of this year’s Greenbelt Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake in Dundas! It’s going to be a spectacular event, with a huge focus on sustainability and local agriculture.
1531919_687182098001874_630517280870072546_oWe were pleased to be the caterers for the official press conference, where we heard guest performances from Laura Cole, Sarah Harmer, and Daniel Lanois. Graham Cubitt (President of the Mustard Seed Board of Directors) also made an address, as did Chris Krucker, operator of Manorun Organic Farm (one of our dear suppliers).10549260_687182091335208_2148018368181101982_o

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Take a look at the Harvest Picnic website, as there are so many amazing elements to the festival this year. The day will include performances by Ray LaMontagne, Bruce Cockburn,The Sadies, and so many more great musicians, as well as eight farming seminars held throughout the day (led by Chris from Manorun, Graham Cubitt, Alvaro Venturelli from Plan B Organic Farms, Russ Ohrt of Backyard Harvest, and some other really interesting folks!), AND if that doesn’t convince you…there going to be alpacas. Yes, that’s right – alpacas! Check it all out here:
We’ll be set up there for the day as well, and are looking forward to chatting with lots of new and old friends about The Mustard Seed, local food, Hamilton pride, and great music! We’ll have a really exciting interactive activity, so be sure to seek out our booth and join in! Tickets are on sale now, available online, or at Picks and Sticks and Dr. Disc Hamilton.

Other exciting news? We’ve got three pairs of tickets to give away! Each set (includes two tickets) has a $200 value, and there are three simple ways to win:

10455013_687470987972985_5865671656003827404_oCONTEST #1! Every purchase is a chance to win two tickets to Harvest Picnic! When you check out, just fill out a ballot, and we’ll announce the winner on Wednesday at 8pm. If you shop here every day, fill one out every day! Easy peasy!

10548216_687486217971462_1517509720427229721_oCONTEST #2! Become a member for a chance to win two tickets to Harvest Picnic! If you’ve been thinking about becoming a member, now’s the time. Sign up (with a one-time membership fee of $100), and you’ll have a chance to win a set of tickets (valued at $200). Find out more about what it means to be a member here. Sign up online or in-store between now and Wednesday evening, and we’ll announce a winner on Wednesday at 8pm.

10620572_687547434632007_989549486341028040_n CONTEST #3! Hashtag your Mustard Seed grocery haul or your Mustard Seed dinner creations, and tag us for a chance to win two tickets to Harvest Picnic! We would love to see what you’ve picked out, or what you’ve made with your purchases. First, use the hashtag #harvestpicnictix. Then, if you’re posting to Instagram or Twitter, tag us at @mustardseedcoop. If you’re posting to Facebook, just put the photo right on our wallYou’ve got until Wednesday at 8pm to share your photos, and then we’ll randomly choose a winner!

(Photos by Emma Cubitt and Alek Bromke)

Summertime Local Food Festivals Around Hamilton

savour4 Ahh summer! It’s finally here! Summer is a great time to visit local farms and farmers markets, but did you know there are also many festivals that centre around local food? We searched all over for a good list of culinary festivals in southern Ontario to no avail so we decided to make our own. Do you know other local food events happening in the region, or events happening on local farms? Please tell us about them and we will add to our list!

July 13Turnip the Beets, Shared Harvest Community Farm, Dunnville ON – great live music, farm-fresh food, activities for kids, & puppet show in a beautiful setting on a great organic farm. Tickets are $20 and support the good work of Shared Harvest Community Farm. 1 hour south of Hamilton.

millersdairyJuly 13Miller’s Dairy Day, Creemore ON – This is the second year of operations for this small jersey dairy. The Miller family invites you to spend the day on their beautiful farm. Meet the lovely Jersey ladies, take a tour of the farm, & enjoy some treats. Free event, great for kids. Saturdays is also the Creemore Farmers Market and across the street you can check out the 100 Mile Store, one of The Mustard Seed’s early inspirations. 2 hours north of Hamilton.

July 19-21 – 5th Annual Cuisine-Art, Alton Mill Arts Centre, near Caledon ON – a festival showcasing the best of the region’s food, drink, and art. This year’s Cuisine-Art will feature the work of local artist, chefs preparing delicious foods from local producers, and numerous Ontario wine, beer, and cider vendors. Tickets are $20 in advance/$30 at the door & proceeds support The Alton Millpond Rehabilitation Fund. 1 hour north of Hamilton.

August 17  – Food Fight for Foodies, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON – A festival celebrating food featuring a cooking competition hosted by Chef Bruce Worden. Partake of the culinary delights from food trucks and food vendors. Stroll through the marketplace for unique finds while enjoying the sights and smell of the lavender fields.

savour5August 25Savour Simcoe, Minesing ON – A local culinary tasting event hosted by the Simcoe County Farm Fresh. The event is held outdoors at the Simcoe County Museum among the trees and historical buildings of the museum. The theme is “Celebrating our Heritage” (Agriculture and Regional Cuisine), which fits into the County’s rich agricultural history and the Museum’s extensive collections and artifacts.  Tickets $59. 1 hour 45 minutes north of Hamilton.

August 31Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas ON – While admittedly the Harvest Picnic is a great music festival, the event serves to celebrate the importance of the Greenbelt, local farmers, art, the outdoors and the eat-local movement. The Mustard Seed is hoping to have a booth again this year amongst the other non-profits and local farmers that the festival aims to celebrate. In addition to meeting local farmers & food groups, musical treats include the Arkells, Harlan Pepper, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Whitehorse, Basia Bulat & others. Tickets are $150 however children under 10 are free and 11-15 are $25. 20 minutes from downtown Hamilton.

September 6 – 8 – 20th Annual Niagara Food Festival – Welland, ON – The Niagara Food Festival offers fantastic food from local restaurants and food producers, celebrity chefs on the Mobile Culinary Theatre, live entertainment for all ages. Admission is free. 1 hour east of Hamilton.

savour beerSeptember 8 – 24th Annual Feast of Fields, Cold Creek Conservation Area, Nobleton ON – Pick-up your napkin & wine glass and stroll amongst celebrated chefs, farmers, vintners, artisans and brewers. Organic Advocates/Feast of Fields was established in 1989 by chefs Jamie Kennedy and Michael Stadtlander, and other organic producers, environmentally concerned chefs and other food professionals, and enlightened consumers. Tickets $100. 1 hour north of Hamilton.

September 14  – Niagara Garlic & Herb Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON – A delicious culinary festival where there are vendors from all over Ontario that either grow garlic (like elephant or music) or incorporate garlic into their dishes like jams and jellies even chocolate. There will be cooking demonstrations, garlic braiding, tutorials on how to grow garlic, and even garlic ice cream to sample. 1 east of Hamilton.

savour stratfordSeptember 20-22 Savour Stratford, Stratford, ON – Savour Stratford is Ontario’s premier culinary event celebrating the creative partnerships between producers and local chefs, inviting celebrity chefs and renowned cook book authors to present innovative and emerging culinary ideas at delicious tastings and learning events. Free music concerts, artisanal markets and street theatre all converge in Stratford’s heritage garden district for a flavourful weekend of fun! This year’s theme is globally inspired, locally grown. Check out the festivals website for tickets to the various workshops that range from Global Grains to International Beers to Peruvian food & the Bitters Revival. 1 hour 15 minutes west of Hamilton.

September 20-22EpiCKure, Wallaceburg ON – a new three-day celebration of locally-grown and produced ingredients and skilfully crafted foods prepared by the region’s most talented culinary artisans. The festival is about local food, making connections with farmers and getting Ontario excited about the foods that are being grown in Chatham-Kent. A Market Food & Drink Ticket Sheet is $20. 2 1/2 hours west of Hamilton.

September 27-29 – 12th Annual TASTE Community Grown, Prince Edward County – An epicurean experience, TASTE showcases the finest artisanal products, wines, beers, cider and cuisine that Ontario’s Gastronomical Capital, Prince Edward County, has to offer.

If you have read this far, I am sure you are wondering when Hamilton will have its own culinary & local food festival. Stay tuned…once The Mustard Seed is open we hope to help organize events like the ones above showcasing our own local producers and culinary artists!