Hillhurst Sunnyside Harvest Fair

A big turnout is expected for the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Harvest Fair, says Cate Ahrens, an organizer of the event.

This prediction is fueled by advertising in FFWD magazine and a local musician hired, which will help the organizing committee expand the fair to more of a city-wide event.

The harvest fair will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 3-7 p.m. at the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association.

“Last year was small. We weren’t able to get the word out,” Ahrens said in an interview.

“We’ve learned a lot, tried to expand the fair, make more exciting things happen.”

Expansion was possible because Ahrens applied for a Grassroots Inspired Grant (GIG) through the City of Calgary this year. The fair is one of the 27 projects to receive a grant this month.

GIG’s are small grants designed to encourage Calgarians to create grassroots inspired culture and heritage projects during Calgary’s year as the Cultural Capital of Canada.

“The Hillhurst community is very strong in promoting sustainability through different food events,” said Andrew Hewson.

“It doesn’t really surprise me they won, they deserve it.”

Hewson is a culinary instructor at SAIT and has volunteered with the Calgary Horticulture Society many times. This will be his first time as a judge for the harvest fair.

Hewson and four others will judge a variety of categories, including Largest Pumpkin, Most Unusually Shaped Vegetable, and Best Pie. The categories are similar to those of the classic fall harvest fair in the country.

“Growing within the city limits is an exciting part of having an urban harvest fair,” said Ahrens.

“There is not always a lot of focus on what kind of food we can grow in the city too”.

Ahrens views the harvest festival as a unique and exciting platform for “celebrating urban agriculture,” something she says sets the idea apart from a typical harvest fair.

“I think it also inspires other communities to look at what they can do to build that same community support, which makes living in Calgary so great,” said Hewson.

“Community is built in communities,” he added.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Amy Reding worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2012-2013 academic year.