|Photo: Kathleen Raines||Kathleen Raines, Markerville, AB|
“It takes a village” – or in this case a hamlet – to present a great country food fair, and Markerville pulled out all the stops to welcome hundreds of visitors on July 26 for the second edition of Taste of Markerville. This collaborative project is designed to showcase great local food, farmers and Historic Markerville’s sites – Fensala Hall, the Markerville Church and the Creamery Museum – and the scenic beauty of the hamlet.
The original concept for a food fair simmered over several years as the food service program at Fensala Hall developed and solidified strong connections with local food producers and suppliers. In late 2012, a planning committee, comprising local farmers, rural tourism partners and representation from the promotions committee of the Stephan G Stephansson Icelandic Society (SGSIS) came together to plan the inaugural Taste of Markerville in July 2013. A country market and a great local feature menu at the Fensala Country Kitchen were successful in attracting and feeding a large crowd of satisfied visitors.