The 7th Annual Wild Blueberry Festival at Evergreen Brick Works

August 21, 2016
10:00am–3:00pm
Evergreen Brick Works
Free
Wheelchair accessible

The 7th Annual Wild Blueberry Festival at Evergreen Brick Works

August 21, 2016 | 10:00am–3:00pm

The 7th Annual Wild Blueberry Festival at Evergreen Brick Works

Come eat, play, explore and celebrate Wild Blueberries at this year’s festival! Showcasing our most delicious food and drinks with more than 30 different wild blueberry dishes and products to be enjoyed. Also enjoy, chef demos, Best of Wild Blueberry competition, tastings, kids' activities and more!

Schedule:

10:00am-3:00pm | Special Wild Blueberry Farmers & Food Market | Pavilions

Join us at the Farmers Market for over 30 food producers, preservers, bakers, and chefs, all featuring Wild Blueberry products and dishes. Taste fresh berries, blueberry crostata, blueberry tostadas, chocolate fudge blueberry shortcake, blueberry ricotta pizza, blueberry soda, lemonade and cashew milk and more!

Participating Farmers, Food artisans, Bakers, and Chefs:
Bizjak Farm, Feast of Fields, Chef Forno Cultura, Flaky Tart, Red Fife by Rowe Farms, Marché 59, BlackBird Pie Company, Rolling Pin, Pimenton Spanish and Mediterranean Fine Food*, Farm 2 Fork*, Earth+City*, Molly B’s Gluten Free*, ChocoSol Chocolate Traders*, Bespoke Butchers*, Hawthorn Toronto*, Localista Food Truck*, Grow Kitchen & Cafe*, TC Momos*, JK Frites*, La Brehandaise Crepes, Carmen Restaurant, Be Good Gelato, Toronto Bee Rescue, Jewels Under the Kilt, Pablo the Dog, Mighty Fine Brines, Cuttle Cottage Lavender Farm, Tapioca Gourmet, Mylko, Rice Lemonade.

*Make sure to stop by the special Feast On designated area to learn more.

10:00am-2:30pm | Best of Wild Blueberry Competition | Pavilions

Best of Wild Blueberry Festival
Come watch Toronto's top chefs, bakers and food artisans go head-to-head in a friendly battle to win the best Wild Blueberry dish and take home the coveted Best of Wild Blueberry Festival title. Competition will be judged by a panel of industry judges.

People’s Choice Award
Also up for grabs is the People’s Choice Award voted by you! Taste special Wild Blueberry dishes and vote for your favourite. You can pick up a ballot at the welcome cart or the welcome desk throughout the day.

All winners will be announced at 2:30pm!

10:00am–3:00pm | Face Painting | Pavilions

Drop by the face painting booth and enjoy their artistic creations.

10:00am-3:00pm | Taste Wild and Cultivated Blueberries | Don River Valley Park Hut

Wild blueberries are the only berry native to North America. Wild low bush, cultivated low bush or cultivated high bush blueberries are all delicious and have great nutritional value. Taste, learn and decide which Blueberry you prefer.

10:00am-3:00pm | Wild Blueberry Nature Play | Children's Garden

Making blueberry jam is a smash—especially when it’s smash jam! Join us to help prepare a delicious snack of blueberry smash jam and fresh roasted bannock. Explore the garden with our team and learn more about how Wild Blueberries grow, and all the different ways we can use them.

10:00am-10:15am | Opening Ceremony | Pavilions

Join us as we welcome you to the Wild Blueberry Festival and recognize the Indigenous people's of the area with a Land Acknowledgement ceremony.

10:00am-3:00pm | Wild Blueberry Inspired Sit Down Menu | Café Belong

Enjoy a special Wild Blueberry themed menu designed by Chef Brad Long at one of Toronto’s best restaurants.

10:00am-3:00pm | Meet the Beekeepers | Mud Creek Terrace

Stop by the Alvéole booth to learn about bees, pollinators and how these critters are integral to our food system.  

*Evergreen Brick Works is pleased to announce the return of bees and beekeeping to the site.  The new hives are installed and maintained by Alvéole  a company from Montreal that is passionate about beekeeping, education and community. Alvéole see honey production and beekeeping as a way to engage people in environmental issues and urban sustainability.  They do so by supporting urban residents and organizations in installing and caring for urban honey bee colonies on rooftops, or backyards, and provide support for budding apiculturists.

10:00am-3:00pm | VIBE Arts Residency Showcase | Think Outside Box

Come and view artworks created by VIBE youth artists during their summer residencies.

10:15am-12:15pm | Musical Performance by Zeca Polina | Pavilions

Come enjoy the beautiful sounds of Zeca Polina (Tiago Marques) as he performs hits from his debut self-titled album. Zeca's music is steeped in the influences of the folky songwriters of Brazil, the realm of rock'n'roll, waltz, psychidelica, blues, and many other sonic places in his search for creative freedom and musical spontaneity. 

Zeca has participated in diverse musical festivals in Brazil, as well as having performed in Mexico, England and the United States.  In addition to his solo career, Zeca has been a member of the bands Porta Pantográfica, Paquiderme Escarlate, Susie Kill, Trio da Montanha e A Turma Toda, and most recently has joined forces with the Toronto based Os Tropies.  He currently performs his original music under his own name with the help of Adam Hutchison on guitar, Carlie Howell on bass, Fraser McEvoy on drums, Patrick McGroarty on trumpet, and Ben Macdonald on saxophone.

10:30am to 3:30pm | Shop Special Blueberry Items | The Evergreen Garden Market

Don’t forget to drop by the Evergreen Garden Market for special Wild Blueberry products to take home, including a high-blueberry bush and some good how-to care tips for planting in your garden.

11:00am-3:00pm | The Sipping Container | Pavilions

Grab a cold Cask Conditioned Wild Blueberry Beer at Evergreen Brick Works Sipping Container. Cask Days will have five unique Wild Blueberry infused one-off cask-conditioned ales and ciders from Ontario. 

Participating breweries: 
Great Lakes BreweryRainhard Brewing CompanyWest Avenue CiderNickle Brook Company and Amsterdam Brewery

Also available:
Wild Blueberry Mint Kombucha from Alchemy Pickle Company 

11:00am-12:00pm | Wild Blueberry Indigenous Stories | Don River Valley Park Hut

Join Indigenous storytellers Jill Carter and Reagan Kennedy from First Story Toronto to learn and discuss the significant Indigenous heritage of the Don Valley.

11:00am-12:00pm | Lower Don Nature Walk | Castle Frank Station

Travel Castle Frank Station to Evergreen Brick Works while exploring the Lower Don Watershed and search for signs of wildlife on this easy family-friendly hike.

Walk meets at 11:00am sharp at the East end of Castle Frank Subway Station

Walks are all ages. Walking terrain include: streets, mild slopes, woodland paths, and stairs. Paths, trails, and streets may be rough, muddy, or wet. Conditions may not be suitable for wheelchairs, assistive devices, strollers, or very young children on foot.

11:00am-3:00pm | VIBE Dance Experiment | The Frances and Tim Price Terrace

Join dance artists Janez Jones and Matthew Cuff from Vibe Arts for spectacular experimental dance performances. From hip hop to vogueing, these two will be taking out all the stops!

Janez Jones: A recent high school graduate, currently an emerging hiphop/reggae dancer and choreographer. 

Matthew Cuff: A multidisciplinary dancer and choreographer with over 10 years of experience, specializes in Vogueing.

12:30pm-1:00pm | Feast On Chef Cooking Demo | Pavilions

Coming all the way from Beansville Ontario, Chef Therese De Grace from Good Earth Food and Wine restaurant is going Wild with Wild blueberries. Join her at the main stage to learn about and taste her delicious creations.

1:30pm-3:00pm | Musical Performance by Jerry Leger & The Situation | Pavilions

Come listen to the tunes of Canadian singer-songwriter Jerry Leger.

Since 2005, he has released seven acclaimed albums and toured Canada and the United States, playing shows with Ron Sexsmith, The Sadies, Jesse Winchester, Fred Eaglesmith, Danny Michel, Jill Barber, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Skydiggers, Jim Lauderdale, Dawes, Tift Merritt, Doug Paisley, among others.

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Walk. Hike Bike or take Public Transit to the Festival and Win a Wild Blueberry gift!

Find the Wild Blueberry sticker on our free shuttle bus and bring it to the Wild Blueberry booth located in The Commons and win one of many WILD Blueberry gifts such as bags, hats, drinks and more!

Location

Evergreen Brick Works | 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8

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