ROB DRAL The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Farming is a vital part of the make up of Uxbridge. The farms of Uxbridge provide, not only the town, with fresh food year-long, but also the rest of the province.
What better way to celebrate the farming industry, than to showcase Uxbridge’s local food, and it’s all for charity.
A group of Uxbridge residents have collaborated on a new event, called, “Farm To Train.” The aim of the event is to highlight the local, gourmet prepared food, grown in Uxbridge, coupled with the rich history of the town, while supporting a local food bank.
Uxbridge’s own, York Durham Heritage Railway, will host guests aboard 3 heritage cars. A four-course, gourmet meal will be provided by The Urban Pantry, and beer and wine will be provided by Thornbury Craft Cider and Beer. Each heritage car will have a local musician to entertain guests during dinner. The event takes place on, Saturday, September 24, from 5:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $95 a person.
Elaine Leigh, an Uxbridge resident, helping to organize the event, dropped by Council on Monday, August 8, to garner support from Councillors and extend the Heritage Railway closing time from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Elaine told Council, that it was actually Ward 1 Councillor Pamela Beach, who came up with the idea for the event.
Speaking to The Standard, Councillor Beach said she wants to highlight everything that is Uxbridge in one event, in a way that hasn’t been done before. “I’ve been thinking about this kind of event for well over two years... I wanted something to do with heritage, to bring tourism from outside of Uxbridge, have live music and fine dining, using as much local product as we can get in a meal,” said Councillor Beach.
Councillor Beach also spoke about the importance of farming in Uxbridge and using the event to educate the public about the great impact small farms have in the local community. “We want to make people aware of the railway...what’s being grown locally, what is being used in the restaurants locally, and to give back. It’s like, the ground producing the food to feed the people on the train, feed the general population of the area, and donating the funds we raise to the food bank, to feed the people that can’t feed themselves,” said Councillor Beach.
Elaine also informed Council ‘Uxbridge Loaves & Fishes Food Bank.’ will be the charity the event will be supporting this year.
Uxbridge Loaves & Fishes Food Bank was opened in 1989 by Uxbridge residents Bob and Dorothy Enkel. The food bank operates with the help of over 30 volunteers and feeds on average, 80 to 100 families per month. Donations to Loaves & Fishes Food Bank, can be made at St. Andrew’s Church or by credit card at, www.CanadaHelps.org.
To purchase a ticket to, “Farm To Train,” visit, www.snapsu.com or contact Gloria Eng at, 905-260-2950, or by email at, email@example.com.
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