May 20, 2016 - 1:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - With bureaucratic red tape out of the way, a north Kamloops farm is looking forward to putting a meal in front of visitors.
Sullindeo Farm on Dairy Road is now allowed to serve farm-to-plate dinners, and co-owner Tricia Sullivan says she’s looking forward to getting back in the agri-tourism game. She says the farm had been doing on site dinners years ago when they found out they didn’t have all the administrative documents in place.
“We already have been doing Rock Mountain Railway dinners 3 years ago,” she says. “I would like to have them return.”
She says similar events are big in other parts of Canada, with dinners in Albertan grain fields selling out at $180 a plate.
Now that city council granted a temporary permit for her farm, Sullivan says she looks forward to the return of farm dining guests.
Sullivan hopes the farm can help educate people about how food gets to their plate and says promotion of local food is particularly important to Kamloops because around 44 per cent of the land is covered by the Agriculture Land Reserve. As the farm produces meat as well as vegetables, she says almost all ingredients to be used are grown on the 10-acre property.
The farm had to stop its previous dinners after complaints from one neighbour about a different neighbour brought government intervention, she says. After applying to the Agricultural Land Commission and the city for permission to resume the dinners council voted on Tuesday, May 17, to provide a temporary permit allowing eight dinners a year for up to 30 people.
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