Village hosts 30-day challenge

Cumberland will once again host its own day of the Comox Valley 30 Day Local Food Challenge.


On July 13, visitors will have an opportunity to sample local food, watch a barista competition and plant their own veggies to take home. In between, they can stroll the main drag and take in the many other businesses in Cumberland whose focuses are about supporting local. Events include: 9 a.m. to noon — Barista competition hosted by Royston Roasters at the Wandering Moose Cafe. Baristas will compete to produce the best espresso-based coffee drinks. 2 to 5 — Kids come by Seeds Food Market and join the Cumberland Community Schools Society Environment Club to make terrariums. You will be planting your own food to take home! 2 to 5 — Local catering company Gourmet Girls will select local foods from the shelves at Seeds to create an impromptu summer menu. Stop in to sample the results and pick up complimentary recipe cards featuring some of their fabulous make-ahead dressings, spice rubs, dips and salsas.  “Seeds Food Market fits well with the Eat Local Food Challenge in many ways,” says Seeds owner Tina Willard-Stepan. “Our commitment year-round is to sell products from local farms and food producers as much as possible. This event is a great chance to highlight some of these products, and let people know about this commitment.” Cumberland Community Schools Society is also excited about showcasing their Environment Club. “It’s really cool to grow your own food,” says one student participant. CCSS co-ordinator Jeremy Grasby adds, “This is the kind of thing that Community Schools focuses on — community businesses and kids coming together to strengthen our community through knowledge-sharing activities.” The Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge is an annual event that connects people to the agricultural traditions and potential of this region. With more than 40 events in 2011, folks can take in everything from winery and farm tours to food showcases, cocktails, demos, canning classes and more. Get all of the details at Cumberland events will happen Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information about other events that are a part of the Comox Valley 30 Day Eat Local Food Challenge, visit — Seeds Food Market

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