Venue: Spencerville Mill & Museum, 11 Water St., Saturday, September 29, 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

This third annual food tasting event, “an Affair with Food & Drink”, features vendors who talk passionately about their lovingly prepared, handcrafted food and drink. The impressive flavour and quality of the food and drink offered by farms, restaurants and craft beverage specialists within a 100-miles of the small village of Spencerville is why travelling to the taste is both an adventure and an opportunity. The travel motif rings true for vendors as well, who are bringing their big tastes from small places such as Johnstown, Merrickville, Winchester, St-Albert, Iroquois, Kemptville and Mallorytown as well as Ottawa, Kanata and the local farms and eateries of Spencerville.

An added bonus for visitors is the venue within the historic and atmospheric Spencerville Mill on the banks of the scenic South Nation River. Live music throughout the day adds to the experience.

The farm to table premise is strong this year, with produce from market garden farms, as well as farm-made cheeses and yogurts, honey and even saffron grown from organically certified Iranian bulbs. Other vendors have transformed organic produce into luscious preserves including sauces, pickles, jams, apple cider and more.

The all-natural trend continues with teas free of artificial flavour, colour or added sugar, and the five brewery, winery and distillery vendors attending are all committed to local organic grains or carefully sourced quality ingredients in their well-crafted beers, wines and spirits.

Bakers and chocolate makers are equally committed, promising “the best scones ever,” artisan chocolate, and a variety of delicious breads and pastries both sweet and savoury. Revving things up are tastings of traditional Italian cuisine with a twist, and some inventive pub food, both from popular Spencerville restaurants, where residents count their culinary blessings to have them on the main street.

The event also includes food related attractions, including a demonstration on restoration of old cast iron pans, practical and pretty pottery wine glasses, cups and plates, a give-away of gently used cook books, and a special offering of cinnamon buns. A unique Silent Auction, which starts online and continues at the event, is all about items of ‘taste and experience’ – everything from zip lining to whiskey tasting, a cocktail party, Fort Wellington cannon firing and dinner at the Mill.

This community fundraising event is co-hosted by the Spencerville Mill Foundation and the Friends of the Library, Spencerville Branch, with all proceeds benefitting Mill and Library programs and activities for residents and visitors.

Tickets are $30, and include 10 tasting tickets; Advance tickets in Spencerville at: JoeComputer, 14 Centre Street, and Home Hardware, 3018 County Rd. 21.
Online tickets at: www.1000islands.snapd.com/ticketed-events.
More details at: www.spencervillemill.ca.

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