It’s time once again for that wonderful celebration of all things local, The Locavores’ Feast, aka the 100 Mile Potluck.
This scrumptious community event takes place at the Vallican Whole Community Centre on Saturday, January 25. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
The idea, of course, is to celebrate local abundance by creating food from local ingredients. While local food is key, no one cares if you have to slip in the occasional exotic ingredient from foreign climes. This is a celebration of one another’s culinary creativity, using whatever it takes to get that local food to the table.
As well as a chance to share the amazing array of locally grown and home-processed foods everyone brings, this is a great opportunity to connect with friends and neighbours old and new. What a way to remind ourselves of how much we love living here and being part of this creative community!
Speaking of creative — dinner is only part of what this evening has to offer.
There will be a silent auction that will give everyone an opportunity to take home a piece of this valley’s abundance, whether arts, food, a service or who knows what else might be on offer.
Then, after dinner comes the piece de la resistance, Six Slocan Valley Minutes. Intrepid members of the community (this means you!) jump up on stage and do (practically) anything for six minutes. You don’t have to sign up in advance, you can just write in your name on the set-list when you arrive.
Here, the concept of performance art is exploded to include whatever your imagination can conjure up. This can include demonstrations of how to do something, food prepared right on stage, serious discussion of important topics, or spontaneous eruptions of extreme mirth, as well as the usual song and dance and storytelling.
“I’ll never forget the time Rita and Bruce tried to take a chainsaw apart and put it back together in six minutes!” said organizer Tamara Smith. “Sadly it just wasn’t possible. But boy was it ever fun to see them try!”
Admission to the event is by donation and a potluck item. All proceeds go to the Rural Alternatives Research and Training Society.
The Vallican Whole Community Centre is at 3762 Little Slocan River Road. You can check out the website at vallicanwhole.com.