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Unbeatable Golden Beet Tasting
Sat, 9 July 2016, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Unbeatable Golden Beet Tasting!
Culinary assessment of UBC Farm golden beet trials
Beets are the first crop to mature in the 2016 BC Seed Trials at UBC Farm and it's time to slice them up and give them a taste! Join us...
The BC Seed Trials is a collaborative project between UBC Farm, FarmFolk CityFolk and the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Through variety trials on working farms throughout BC, as well as at the UBC Farm agricultural research facility, the BC Seed Trials will help farmers identify promising varieties for seed production, helping improve the availability of high-quality, well-adapted, regionally-produced vegetable seed for BC agriculture. Read more about the project here.
Modern plant breeding is often criticized for its focus on the production and shipping characteristics of crops without regard to the crops' culinary characteristics. This is your chance to evaluate and select your favourite beets for flavour, colour, shape and whatever else you think makes a beautiful beet. Doesn't fit perfectly in a box for shipping? Who cares! Doesn't grow perfectly uniform with its neighbouring beet plants? Doesn't matter! You can select your favourite beet for its culinary features!
Join Alex Lyon - BC Seed Trials Lead Researcher, and Rob Cleland - Executive Chef at Ash Street Bistro, at UBC Farm as we embark on the most pleasurable part of our seed trials research - the tasting! Get your palette ready to experience a diversity of flavours and textures; get your eyes ready to experience a diversity of colours, shapes, and sizes; and get your pen ready to praise your favourites and reject your foes!
After the tasting, take a guided tour through UBC Farm to see all the different seed-saving projects with UBC Farm Seed Hub Coordinator, Mel Sylvestre.
Can't wait to see you there!
About this Event:
Alexandra Lyon is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and the UBC Farm. She recently earned her PhD in Environment and Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she researched the seed needs of the organic vegetable sector and coordinated variety trials on organic farms as part of the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC).
Executive Chef Rob Cleland from the Ash Street Bistro, situated within Legacy Senior Living in the heart of Oakridge, is one of Vancouver’s early pioneers of the farm-to-table approach. As a chef with a long-term relationship with the UBC Farm he has a deep knowledge of how best to prepare farm fresh ingredients and bring out variety-specific flavours. The Ash Street Bistro—where Chef Rob makes everything from scratch and in house—is open seven days a week for the public, come by and enjoy a delightful meal.
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS), located at UBC Farm, is a unique research centre that aims to understand and fundamentally transform local and global food systems towards a more sustainable, food secure future. The centre is a living laboratory, committed to finding solutions to both the local and global challenges facing food systems sustainability and translating solutions to improve personal, community, and environmental health.
*Beet display Photo credit : Lane Selman of the Culinary Breeding Nework