Red Sun Farms Takes Best Overall at Third Annual United Way Battle of the Growers
KINGSVILLE, ON – You can always count on our friends in Canada to raise the culinary bar—and what better opportunity to do that than at an event supporting a great cause? And what was that event, you ask? The third annual United Way Battle of the Growers. 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 Red Sun Farms sought-after 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, were incredible,” said Leona Neill, Director of Marketing and Packaging at Red Sun Farms. “The way the flavors complemented each other coupled with the colors and textures from our delectable produce was just perfect.”
The judges ruled, and Red Sun Farms ultimately took home a trophy for Best Overall.
Red Sun Farms challenged and charmed taste buds and palates in Essex County with dishes to impress. This was the inaugural year for Red Sun Farms’ participation in this friendly competition where, for the past two years, local greenhouse growers have been paired with a local restaurant, a local winery, and a student from the United Way’s On Track to Success program to create a culinary showstopper for the crowd. The On Track to Success program offers support to help kids graduate high school and go on to a trade or post-secondary education—the clearest pathway to a life of prosperity.
At this strolling dining experience, six culinary teams not only mentored the On Track to Success students, but they also competed to create the best tasting small appetizer—as voted by a panel of mystery judges, according to a press release.
“Events like this are so important for the community,” Neill added. “Not only does it bring awareness to the greenhouse industry, but it also allows us to showcase how flavorful 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 from this event 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 Michael Vanhevel.
Congrats to Red Sun Farms and to all those who participated in the heart-warming and taste-tantalizing event!