Mon, Aug 11, 2014.
The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival has added another headliner to the line-up, but this time, it's not about the notes. Instead, it's a tasty little combo that's sure to have folks talking. It's a three-piece act, with a special ticket price. A super group, really. Okay, I'll stop the teasing, it's a new food experience for festival goers.
It's called the Harvest Real Food Dinner, happening on the Friday, September 12, at Wilmot United Church, corner of King and Carleton. The meal is made up of fresh local corn, New Brunswick seafood chowder, and home made apple crisp for dessert. All the ingredients will be locally sourced where possible. Tickets are a low $15 or $45 for a group of four. There are even some special music and dinner combo packages on sale as well.
It fits in perfectly with the Harvest theme of course, and lets the Festival work on some of their goals. The dinner is a partnership with the Kinsmen Club of Fredericton, and ReaL Food Connections, which specializes in locally-grown food. The Kinsmen will be doing the prep work and serving. And, there's a special recipe for the seafood chowder, prepared by Chef Jon Geneau of Rhubarb Restaurant & Backdoor Bakeshop.
The best news of all is that it's all a fundraiser for the Festival's long-time favourite charity, the TD Music in the Schools program, which provides financial contributions to local music and band programs. Harvest just got better for everybody, except me. I'm allergic to seafood.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).