Thursday, 3 November 2011

Report on RIPE!

Meeru Dhalwala of Rangoli with her fantastic tomato paneer appetizers. Credit: Vancouver Foodster

 This year's RIPE Harvest Celebration proved a great success, raising over $16,000 for the Vancouver Farmers Markets! Highlights of the evening included the fantastic market food and drink prepared by some of Vancouver's most exciting chefs and mixologists, a live musical performance by Blackberry Wood, and a visit from our mayor Gregor Robertson!

We'd like to thank all of our generous RIPE sponsors, who helped make our event so successful. Gold sponsors included Golda's Finest Foods, Vancity, Edible Vancouver, Busters Towing, and River District/Parklane Homes. Our silver sponsor was Aquilini Investment Group, and Bronze sponsorship was provided by Fiore Foods, KLS Trademark Services, Peer 1 Hosting, and Renewal.

A further thanks goes out to Image West Graphics and Lonsdale Rentals for their generous in-kind sponsorships, and to our many media sponsors, including CityFood, Westender, Vancouver Foodster and Taste and Sip, Vancouver Is Awesome, Vancouver Observer, and Ariane Design. Special thanks to all of our vendor and community food and silent auction donors - the silent auction raised $3280!

And last but not least, we want to send big shouts out to all of our participating chefs, mixologists, and beer and wine sponsors: Bao Bei, Campagnolo, Meat & Bread, Rangoli, Save On Meats, Swallow Tail Supper Club, Tacofino, Tangled Vines Winery and Good Life Vancouver, and R & B Brewery for their contribution of the Bohemian Lager!

Meat & Bread's delicious braised Moroccan spiced lamb sliders with pickled cabbage, pea sprouts, and labna. Credit: Vancouver Foodster