An evening of culinary artistry is hard to pass up, and recently the third annual United Way Battle of the Growers was held. This was the inaugural year for Red Sun Farms’ participation in this friendly competitive event. For the past two years local greenhouse growers have been paired up with a local restaurant, a local winery and a student from the United Way’s On Track to Success program in this strolling dining experience. Six culinary teams will not only mentor the On Track to Success students, but they will also compete to create the best tasting small appetizer – as voted by a panel of mystery judges. Red Sun Farms, with the help of Shaen Harrison, Director of Food and Beverage at The Grove Brewhouse, and his team of talented chefs, highlighted their Sweetpops and Sweetpeps.
“The dish created by Brandon Zeuch and Luke Soulliere from The Grove Brewhouse with our Sweetpops and Sweetpeps, 'Piggy Pepper Poppers', paired with the 2018 Red Sky at Night Rose supplied by CREWinery was incredible,” said Leona Neill, Director of Marketing and Packaging at Red Sun Farms. “The way the flavours complemented each other coupled with the colours and textures from our delectable produce was just perfect.”
The judges agreed. Red Sun Farms ultimately took home a trophy for Best Overall Dish.
“Events like this are so important for the community,” added Neill. “Not only does it bring awareness to the greenhouse industry, but it also allows us to showcase how flavourful and versatile our produce is. It also introduces the community to other local businesses - all the while raising money for a great cause.”
All funds raised support United Way’s On Track to Success program in Leamington. The event included a unique dining experience with bistro tables, wine pairings, silent auction and entertainment by crooner Michael Vanhevel. United Way’s On Track to Success program offers supports that wrap around a family and help kids graduate high school and go on to a trade or post-secondary education.