It was such a glorious day, and after making the crazy-ambitious decision to walk to the event, I worked up an intense appetite. UBC Farm is an idyllic venue, really. I wish I could spend every sunny Sunday lounging around on barrels of hay and eating smoked octopus - mmm thank you West!
Not sure what others thought, but if I had to pick my top 3 items, they'd be:
1. West - grilled octopus, nori reduction, served on a thin crostini. Heavenly. The octopus was perfectly tender and smoked just right, allowing the flavour of the meat to shine through. I had to go back 3 times... and I'm still dreaming about the octopus!
2. Raincity Grill - salad of goat cheese, diced cucumber, thinly shaved beet, and edible flowers. So refereshing on such a warm day. RG wins the award for best presentation. The vibrant hues (deep red, purple, green, white) contrasted so well in the rustic (compostable) wooden bowl, and despite the volume, time was still taken to wrap the generous portions of goat cheese in greens. Absolutely lovely, and well worth a photo if I hadn't forgotten my camera.
3. Tied for 3rd: Terra Breads - wild blueberry pastries. The pastry was golden, flaky, not too sweet, allowing the ripe blueberries to hold their own. Divine. Wickannish Inn: grilled hallibut served on crostini.
Anyone else have any favourites from the day?