September events at the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market

Featuring Corn Fest, Iron Chef Challenge, and Guest Chef Brad Watt

The Peterborough Downtown Farmers' Market will be handing out freshly boiled cobs of local corn on September 2
The Peterborough Downtown Farmers' Market will be handing out freshly boiled cobs of local corn on September 2

Summer is winding down, but the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market is still open for two more months. Here are some highlights to watch out for in September.


Corn Fest

On Wednesday, September 2nd, the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market will be handing out freshly boiled cobs of local corn generously donated by Fisher Farms of Janetville.

Corn samples will be available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or while supplies last.

Guest Chef Lorianne Cicchillo of PC Cooking School in Lindsay will also be on hand to create a sample recipe showcasing corn.

Come to Corn Fest at the market to get recipe ideas, try some local corn, and celebrate this delicious late summer vegetable.


3rd Annual Iron Chef Challenge

The 3rd Annual Iron Chef Challenge takes place on September 16. At last year's competition, Lindsey Dupuis from Brio Gusto waits to have her dish sampled by Pete Dalliday and Catherine Hanrahan, two of the judges at last year's challenge. (Photo courtesy Peterborough Downtown Farmers' Market.)
The 3rd Annual Iron Chef Challenge takes place on September 16. At last year’s competition, Lindsey Dupuis from Brio Gusto waits to have her dish sampled by Pete Dalliday and Catherine Hanrahan, two of the judges at last year’s challenge. (Photo courtesy Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market.)
On Wednesday, September 16th, four local Chefs will participate in the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market third annual Iron Chef Challenge, hosted by Donald Fraser of the Downtown Culinary Tours.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., each Chef will be given an identical basket of fresh market products and have 90 minutes to create a delicious meal using all of the items in the basket. At 12 p.m., four local judges will evaluate the meals based on creative use of basket goods, presentation, and (of course) taste.

All ingredients will be purchased from market vendors, thanks to financial support from Foodland Ontario.

This year, defending champion Geoff Kirkland of Lantern Restaurant (2281 McCracken’s Landing Rd., Lakefield) will face off against Lisa Dixon of Black Honey (217 Hunter St. W., Peterborough), Steve Elmhirst of Elmhirst Resort (1045 Settlers Line, Keene), and Erik Hoflick of Dr. J’s BBQ and Brews (282 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough).

Judges are Town Ward councillor Dean Pappas, radio DJs Pete Dalliday and Catherine Hanrahan, and Deputy Warden Joe Taylor.

The winner gets bragging rights and will return the following season to defend their title.

Come to the Iron Chef Challenge to watch some of the Kawarthas’ finest local Chefs at work and discover creative ideas on how to use goods at the market.


Guest Chef Brad Watt of Rare Grill House

On Wednesday, September 30th, the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market welcomes back Brad Watt of Rare Grill House as Guest Chef.

Using products donated from market vendors, Chef Brad will showcase how to use some of the amazing fall produce and other products available at the market, and give market-goers the chance to sample his amazing cooking.

Chef Brad will be featuring Sannox Farms meats, complemented by local seasonal produce. Come on down to the Louis St. Lot between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to observe him at work, sample his creations (while supplies last), and get some cooking inspiration.

The Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market runs every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. until late October at the Louis St. Parking Lot in downtown Peterborough (on Charlotte just east of Aylmer).

For more information, visit ptbodowntownmarket.blogspot.com and follow @PtboWedMarket on Twitter.

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