A Vancouver artist is hoping to tempt your palate with a Burnaby project that explores the facets of taste.
Artist Holly Schmidt is behind the Moveable Feast, a project based at the Burnaby Art Gallery, where she's created an heirloom garden and various tastethemed "edible events" open to the public.
"I was interested in doing the edible events because I was really curious about exploring the relationship between human taste and that social and cultural relationship to taste as well," said Schmidt.
The events explore local and global food issues, while sampling foods tied to various types of taste: savoury, sweet and sour.
The savoury session was on July 19 and featured Alexander McNaughton, a wild forager and underground chef. The event included a wild plant walk, and McNaughton prepared dishes with locally found ingredients, like wild mushrooms and field cherry tomatoes.
The sweet event, on Aug. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m., will include samples of local honey, a tasting of spiced mead (an ancient honey wine) from Vancouver Island, and a talk on how they are produced. There will also be a discussion about bees and why they are important for gardens.
The sour session, on Sept. 15, features Andrea Potter, a local harvest chef, who will bring samples of pickled food from various cultures. Potter will also lead participants through a hands-on kimchi and sauerkraut making demonstration. (If you are planning to attend this, bring a mason jar to take some of the food home.)
The edible events are $15. (The sweet session is filling up quickly, but there are more spaces available for the upcoming sour event.) Reserve a spot by calling 604297-4415 or email shaun.dacey@burnaby. ca. The gallery is at 6344 Deer Lake Ave.
There are other related events, including one on making kombucha and ginger beer. For more info, go to moveablefeast burnaby.ca.