Cultivate is a year-round non-profit organization focused on local food initiatives in Northumberland County, Ontario. Its biggest annual project is Cultivate: A Festival of Food and Drink — three days of live music, local food and craft beer in downtown Port Hope. Cultivate’s second year was a time of major growth, yet in spite of the unknowns organizers faced, crowds gathered from across the province to spend the weekend in a sunshine-filled park to take in a pie-baking contest, gourmet cotton candy and slow-cooked tacos, and musical performers like Corb Lund, Basia Bulat and The Good Lovelies. If you missed it, get a taste of the festival in the form of Cultivate’s curated local food Christmas baskets, available December 1. And mark your calendar for next year — the third edition of Cultivate: A Festival of Food and Drink will take place September 22-24, 2017.