Farm Fest set for September 15

Omineca Arts Centre is partnering with Hope Farm Organics and Betulla Burning to celebrate and raise awareness about local food production in Prince George and the surrounding region through a new festival called Farm Fest.

This festival will take over part of Third Avenue downtown on September 15, from 10  a.m. to 2 p.m. It will coincide with the regular downtown Farmers’ Market and the Wilson Square Market, which will be setting up at their previous location in Wilson Square.

“While this will be a fun event, one of the most important aspects of Farm Fest is giving local residents the opportunity to learn more about agriculture in our northern climate,” said Roanne Whitticase, Event Planner and Omineca board member, in a news release. “We hope people will leave Farm Fest with a desire to start growing and will take advantage of workshops and online resources we tell them about to learn how to get started.”

This family-friendly festival will showcase a wide variety of local produce and goods paired with live music, visual art and games. Farm Fest attendees can also learn more about growing food and producing goods through three workshops at Hub Space: 101 Fruit Wine Making with Noemie Touchette from 10–11 a.m., Voluntary Simplicity with Debra Moffatt from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and Urban Gardening with Don Basserman from 1–2 pm. A visual art exhibition and art activities focused on food production will be held at the Omineca Arts Centre from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with Opening Reception at 1 p.m. and exhibition up until Oct. 11.

Farm Fest will be the first major event hosted by Omineca Arts Centre following their move to their new location at 369 Victoria Street. Anyone interested in getting involved in this event through volunteering or sponsoring the event is encouraged to contact Roanne at 250-981-1241 or email roannewhitticase@gmail.com.

This event has been planned to coincide with Positive Living North’s Scotiabank AIDS Walk and Block Party and the UNBC Bike Club’s Bike Rodeo.

About Omineca Arts Centre:

Omineca Arts Centre is an interdisciplinary, locally-led artist-run centre grounded in arts-based community development that aims to facilitate collaboration and diversity opportunities for emerging and professional artists, performers, community organizations, Aboriginal and cultural groups, and residents in central and northern B.C.