Farm Fresh Feast

When: Thu-Thu, Aug 30 - Aug 30, 2012
Where: Grounds
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm

**This event is by invitation only**

The Community Garden exhibit will be featured at the Eastern Idaho State Fair’s private, invitation-only Farm Fresh Feast, presented by Idaho Farm Bureau, on Thursday, August 30. Similar in theme to “The Endless Feast” airing on PBS, this elegant, five-course seated dinner will showcase locally-grown produce and meats from farms in the Fair’s 16-county district. In addition, many of the dishes served at the meal will include vegetables and herbs grown at the Community Garden exhibit.

“This special evening is a way for us to recognize many local growers who play a key role in feeding communities here locally, throughout Idaho and the nation,” said Bird. “Our Farm Fresh Feast also is a way for the Fair to thank our sponsors, commissioners, board members and other key stakeholders whose continued support enable us to make the Fair a fun, memorable and educational experience.”

Josh Swain, executive chef from Stockman’s Restaurant in Idaho Falls, and Kevin Rupe, owner of Tommy Vaughn’s grill in Blackfoot, are planning the menu and will serve as Feast Chefs. The evening will begin with appetizers in the Community Garden; guests will then be shuttled to the long, communal-style dinner table, located in the Grandstand arena.

The hors d’oeuvres will feature ingredients from the Community Garden, as well as heirloom tomatoes to be used in the soup course. Downtown Bread Company, a local Blackfoot bakery, will provide bread for three of the courses. Wood’n’goat Dairy will be providing goat cheese. There will be a salad course of local mixed greens tossed in a homemade vinaigrette dressing. The main course will feature American (?) bison, raised by the Shoshone Bannock Tribe, and free range turkey with roasted potatoes and grilled zucchini and summer squash. The dinner will be paired with local Idaho wine and lavender lemonade. Dessert will include a raspberry cobbler; locally produced coffee and hot chocolate will complement the dessert.

During the meal, guests will learn about the produce and meat they are eating from the local farmers who are providing the ingredients to the Farm Fresh Feast.