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The Arts & Cookery Bank’s mission is to promote and celebrate local food and preserve rural culture in Southwestern Ontario, and specifically the region in and around the Thames River and Lake Erie.
Between July 13-17, the Outrageously Rural Food Fight “Black Box” event will see competitors go head-to-head in The Bank’s 1883 timber-frame barn transformed into a state-of-the-art kitchen. The competitive teams will be made up of professional chefs, regional businesses, regional community organizations, and municipal and provincial politicians.
The July 18 finale, a Food Fight Extravaganza, will be a celebration of local foods where attendees will make a little local culinary history selecting The People’s Choice of new products. The teams will have no prep time, no planning time, and their task will be to create a value-added “prototype” concept that is strong, yet simple; a product that has a unique blend of ingredients and using unusual pairings of local ingredients and which offers a dash of rebellion and a twist on rural traditions.
The work of local farmers continues to be a shining light of our local economy. So, whether The Black Box is opened to reveal brilliant fleshy peppers, amber honey, fragrant juicy blueberries or crisp golden corn, the work involved started months and sometimes even years before on farms using a diverse range of methods, each with its own unique story. It all adds up to a celebration of the local food economy and all that it has to offer.
There will be prize give-aways to early arrivals and draws for rural gift baskets. At the awards ceremony in the evening, you might have a chance to win the Extravaganza Gift Basket of wines, beers and ciders ($150 value).
The Arts & Cookery Bank is a registered non-profit, charitable organization showcasing the communities of Dutton-Dunwich, Newbury, Southwest Middlesex and West Elgin. For more information visit www.theartsandcookerybank.com or call The Bank at 519-768-9986.