PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEANNETTE BREWARD

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.

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Joel Maccharles, author of Batch, discusses how easy it is to make your own sauerkraut.

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Haute Goat had a wide selection of delicious goat’s milk treats for sale – from fudge, to caramel corn.

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Children took part in a giant colouring book drawn by local artist Katie Flindall, seen here adding some finishing touches in the background.

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The Elwins rocked the stage on Saturday evening.

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Local beer vendors were on hand to provide delicious beverages to the thirsty patrons.

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Lively discussion over delicious drinks!

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What better midday treat for the kids then a fresh  locally grown apple?

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The cotton candy booth was a big hit amongst young and old alike.

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The Mill’s chef preps for all of the BBQ corn sales to come.

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Tanika Charles lit up the stage and had the crowd on their feet!

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The hard working trio behind Cultivate – Nicole, Jeff and Amelia.

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The wood fire pizza was a huge hit – they even had an amazing breakfast pizza!

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Nutritionist Adam Hudson whips up a batch of pumpkin risotto.

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Christine Benson walks kids through the stamp making process at the art tent.

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Ruby of Ruby’s Cotton Candy Club ready to take on the day bright and early!

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Baby Forrest enjoys a ride on the tractor in the kids play zone.

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The pie judging contest must have been a tough call – there were so many beautiful and delicious entries.

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Breakfast for two from Slow Taco.

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An amazing crowd gathered in Port Hope to enjoy all of the music, food and fun that the festival had to offer.

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Sunday finished up with a pumpkin carving station.

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Food themed face painting by artist Larissa Clayton was a huge hit!

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Local and hand crafted Empire Cider drinks are always a crowd pleaser.

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The Good Lovelies put on an amazing show to close out the weekend. Not only are they talented Juno Award winners – they are also made up of Northhumberland County locals.