New Downtown Event Let’s You Eat Algoma!

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The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a partnership of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and NORDIK Institute, today announced the upcoming Eat Algoma Local Food Festival, to take place June 14, 2014 on Queen St. in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.

The “Farm to Fork” theme will bring country life to the city, and serve as a unique opportunity to celebrate Algoma’s food and farm community.

Eat Algoma will take place on Queen Street (between East St. and Brock St.) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

With farm-fresh food vendors, children’s activities, live music, a pop-up patio, animals, and a Restaurant Food Challenge Competition, the event aims to be fun for the entire family.

“Part of our work at RAIN is to promote local food and agriculture. Being downtown, and thanks to help from the Downtown Association, we can also promote local businesses at this festival,” said David Thompson, research coordinator, RAIN.

The first-time event will serve as an opportunity to connect farmers and consumers. Eat Algoma is free to attend, but includes a ticketed portion for those wishing to sample food at the Restaurant Food Challenge Competition.

Three local restaurants have been paired with three local farms to create their best pulled pork slider.

The competition kicks off at 5 p.m., with the Gnarly Bistro, Embers, and Low & Slow competing for the title of 2014 Food Challenge Champion.

Tickets are $15 and include a sample of each of the sliders, a side, and one vote for best dish.

A vegetarian ticket is also available for $15, and will include a hearty wrap from Café Natura and one side dish.

Tickets are being sold exclusively at Scotiabank, as Scotiabank will match all ticket sales in their branches.

The festival kicks off at 3 p.m. with farm vendors from Algoma and Johnson Township Farmers’ Markets, the new Mill Market, and more.

There will be live music throughout the day from local bands and support from Case’s Music, and the Arts Council will be running a Kids Zone with face painting and crafts.

If you missed the Festival of Beer, Loplops will have a tent serving Ontario brews.

“We’re overwhelmed with the community’s support for this event, and cannot wait to celebrate Algoma’s food and farming downtown on June 14th,” said Katie Filion, organizer for the event, and market developer at RAIN.