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Sold-out farm to table dinner to feature nine downtown eateries

The third annual event sold all of its 125 tickets within one hour; 'We are very excited to see the evening unfold'
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Last summer's Farm to Table Dinner was a hit. This year's event sold out within an hour. Deb Halbot/Submitted

On Saturday, Sept. 14, Downtown Orillia will play host to the third annual Downtown Farm to Table Dinner event in the downtown core to celebrate and promote downtown restauranteurs, as well as local produce and farmers in the region.

The sold-out dinner will be the third of its kind in Orillia and will boast local fare prepared by nine downtown restaurants and cafes to include Apple Annie’s Café, Rustica Pizza Vino, Tre Sorelle, Shine Plant Based Kitchen, Brewery Bay, Eclectic Café, Bakes by the Lake, Sweet Time Bake Shoppe, and Mariposa Market.

One hundred twenty-five tickets were sold for the dinner in less than one hour. Guests will begin their evening with a pre-cocktail hour on Mississaga Street West prior to the dinner commencing.

Guests will then be seated at a 128-foot table where they will soak in the ambience of the downtown, listen to light music and enjoy a delectable six course dinner paired with wine and beer. At the end of the evening dinner guests will be presented with numerous goodies provided by downtown merchants. Guests will also be encouraged to make their way down the main street to experience Downtown Orillia’s vibrant night life once the dinner has concluded.

As an added bonus, guests will be invited to pose with fellow guests for a pre-dinner photo op in front of a Farm to Table Dinner backdrop. Major sponsors of the dinner included Town’s Jewellers, Twig Creative, Brewery Bay and numerous downtown businesses. Local ingredients and produce have been sourced from numerous local and regional farmers.

“The goal of the dinner is to bring new visitors, as well as locals into our beautiful downtown," said Courtney Thompson, Event & Marketing Director of the Downtown Orillia Management Board. "We want to feature and promote the incredible restaurants located in Downtown Orillia year-round and in turn, the local, organic food that these restaurants offer on a regular basis.

"We also want to highlight new and existing partnerships between local farmers and producers with our downtown restaurants and raise awareness of what local, organic food is and how accessible it actually is through farmers in our area. It is an important aspect of the dinner to promote how you can live a healthier more sustainable life through integrating local fare into your diet on a regular basis and just how accessible it is in our region” said Thompson.

“We are very excited to see the evening unfold and what surprises restauranteurs and sponsors have up their sleeves” said Thompson.