Barry’s Bay hosted the annual Taste of the Valley on August 16 at the Railway Station. Visitors enjoyed the chance to see, taste and buy fresh produce and locally-made products. Everyone was entertained by live performances during the day. Dexter and Serena Sernoskie fiddled and danced in the late morning, and the Emtees (Above from left: Grant McKey and Tom Killsom) played after lunch.
Vendors were pleased with the event organization provided by County of Renfrew and said that the day progressed smoothly. Railway Station Park was filled to capacity with 56 booths, including the 28 Barry’s Bay Farmers Market vendors who occupied their usual Friday locations.
Taste of the Valley draws vendors from across the region. (Above: Earth Oven Breadman, Beth’s Kitchen)
Vendors from both Madawaska Valley Farmers Markets (above) Talli Chaimovitz of Bee Kind Organics (Combermere), Shulist Family Farm (Barry’s Bay)
The crowd of visitors was a happy mix of tourists just passing by and residents, both seasonal and year round, who always try to attend the annual event. In the throng was Councillor David Shulist clutching a locally-produced herbal insect repellent. He told The Current he was looking forward to trying it out in the bush or on a fishing trip. He said Taste of the Valley is a significant event because it gives local producers an opportunity to show off their talents and ingenuity.