Image credit Lloyd Alter
I used to think that the Brewers Plate was a crazy idea; why celebrate local food on April 6, when it hasn't started growing? But after a couple of years of going to this event, I have learned not to worry, that the region's best chefs and brewers are going to put on a delicious night.
This year, they have relocated to one of the most interesting and successful adaptive resuses of old buildings in the City, Artscape's Wychwood barns.
Originally built to repair Toronto streetcars, the barns had been empty since the mid eighties. Artscape, "Canada's leading practitioner in multi-tenant space development for the arts and culture sector", redeveloped the barns into an event space, greenhouses, and housing and studios for artists.
Saturday Farmers Market in the barns. Image credit Lloyd Alter
Architect Joe Lobko of Dutoit Allsopp Hillier designed it to have ground source heat pumps, storm water harvesting and reuse, a reflective white roof and low VOC finishes to improve indoor air quality. The place is hugely popular, between the farmers markets on Saturday morning and events in the evening, it is always hopping.
Mark Cutrara of Cowbell, Brewers Plate 2009
Actually, the Wychwood barns is the most appropriate venue in town for this event; it just makes sense to have it in a farmers market. More information at Brewers Plate. Proceeds this year support Not Far From The Tree, a charity that harvests and distributes fruit from urban trees.
More on the Brewers Plate:
Brewers Plate: Making Local Food Taste Great in April is No Small Feat : TreeHugger
Eight Things I learned At the Brewers Plate Local Food Fest : TreeHugger
Jamie Kennedy on Cooking Local Food in April : TreeHugger
Brewers Plate Celebrates Spring With Local Food Plus : TreeHugger