Cleaning Day

A gorgeous day in the country today — lots of sun and blue sky and the promise of more for our big event on Saturday.

The “Clean Team” arrived at the Bergen Hall mid-morning to wash floors and walls, hang more drapery and set up the art display.

Janet, a member of the Bergen Community Association, dropped by to give Chef Greg van Poppel a quick lesson on the Hall’s dishwasher.

Greg was already in the kitchen when the rest of us arrived and great smells drifted through the hall as we began work. 

Meanwhile, in the main part of the hall, clean up was well underway.

Some of us got to wield an iron instead of a mop. I think I got the easy job.

Lookin’ good! Judy Bargholz, our decorator extraordinaire, has so many ideas to make the hall look special. She shared some of them with Sandy Easterbrook and Bob Griebel who offered to work on the entrance way.

Sandy and Bob own Kettle Crossing Farm. They’re one of the producers providing food for the Feast — including golden beets, Friesette Cheese for the salad, minted cows’ milk yogurt with the meat course, and assorted cheeses for after dinner.

Shelley Ingeveld got the task of counting all the plates and cups and saucers and cutlery to make sure we have enough. Shelley and her husband, Gerald, own Double N Ranch which is supplying the beef for the meat course.

And some special news from Jamie Syer today: “We will have two of Palliser’s best cooking for us on Saturday! Just announced: Chef van Poppel will be assisted by Executive Sous Chef Sukant Dakua.”

It just keeps getting better. 🙂

Someone’s in the Kitchen

Several of us were at the Bergen Hall today to to start putting up decorations under the creative eyes of Judy Bargholz and Alana Harder.

While others were unloading the trailer and setting up tables, I snuck a peak inside the Hall kitchen.

Although Executive Chef Greg van Poppel wasn’t there, he has obviously arrived. His crisp white jacket was hanging on a coat hanger.

He’s also brought many of his own utensils …

… and a selection of pans.

The two fridges are already filled, one with fresh veggies …

… and the second with beef and lamb.

My mouth is watering already— good thing there’s only two more get-ups ’til Feast Day! 🙂

Bergen Makes the Calgary Herald

It’s not everyday our small rural community makes the pages of any newspaper, let alone the Calgary Herald. Many thanks to journalist Karen Anderson for the great write-up about our Farmers’ Market and the upcoming Feast of Bergen.

Click here to read the item.

The Chef Pays a Visit

It was a perfect day at the Bergen Farmers’ Market today. Blue sky, lots of sun, no mosquitoes. And if you were looking for fresh veggies you definitely came to the right place.

There was so much more to tempt your taste buds. Cheese and yogurt. Pepperoni sticks and beef roasts. Cinnamon buns. Apple pie, zucchini cake and butter tarts. And large loaves of Laurie’s wonderful bread.

Greg van Poppel, the chef for Feast of Bergen, also dropped by the market. He chatted with the producers, sampled foods and talked about menu ideas. His culinary skill and experience are a wonderful addition to our event.

It’s going to be a special evening — hope you can join us! 🙂