Sweet Potato Salad with Orange-Maple DressingI was the Artistic Director and Executive Director of the Peterborough Folk Festival for 7 years; before that, I’d been a long-time volunteer, starting out as a parking attendant ‘way back in the nineties.  We prided ourselves on a lot of great things – that it was a deliberately small festival, deliberately for the community and not intended to attract tourists.  It featured primarily emerging artists and artists doing music that wouldn’t be presented in any other space in Peterborough – from Taiko drumming to hip-hop – exposing artists and attendees to new sounds, ideas, and cultures.   

And it featured good, high-quality local food – both in the public areas, where the vendors were, and the Artists & Volunteers Hospitality Area, where Joanne Rowland and her dedicated team served up what I’d say is hand’s-down the best food I’ve ever eaten backstage at a festival.  With produce sourced from the farmer’s at the local markets, and a tiny little budget, they’d whip up a feast that accommodated every diet and left everyone feeling wonderfully well-fed.

I rarely had time to sit and eat – there was always so much to do! – but when I did, this was my first choice.  Sweet Potato Salad with Orange-Maple Dressing – delicious, flavourful, and great energy food that kept me going when all I wanted to do was lie down in the grass and sleep.

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