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.
Joel Maccharles, author of Batch, discusses how easy it is to make your own sauerkraut.
Haute Goat had a wide selection of delicious goat’s milk treats for sale – from fudge, to caramel corn.
Children took part in a giant colouring book drawn by local artist Katie Flindall, seen here adding some finishing touches in the background.
The Elwins rocked the stage on Saturday evening.
Local beer vendors were on hand to provide delicious beverages to the thirsty patrons.
Lively discussion over delicious drinks!
What better midday treat for the kids then a fresh locally grown apple?
The cotton candy booth was a big hit amongst young and old alike.
The Mill’s chef preps for all of the BBQ corn sales to come.
Tanika Charles lit up the stage and had the crowd on their feet!
The hard working trio behind Cultivate – Nicole, Jeff and Amelia.