Enjoying the post-hurricane sunshine, a crowd numbering well over a thousand throughout the day came out to Victoria Row on Sunday, September 5 to take in the sights, tastes, and sounds of the 2nd Annual Nigwek: Festival for an Organic PEI.
15 of the very best musical acts PEI has to offer graced the stage, Island organic farmers marketed the new harvest’s produce in the street, and a slew of speakers led by Chef Michael Smith spoke about the necessity for PEI to work toward becoming a fully organic province.
“By successfully transforming ourself into an organic province we will become one of the world’s leading places to live, work, raise a family, achieve entrepreneurial success and enjoy a healthy, safe lifestyle,” Smith said during his keynote address from stage. “All sectors of our economy will flourish and our environment will heal. In particular our tourism industry will benefit rapidly and dramatically.”
Taking its name from a Mi’kmaq word meaning “something good is growing,” Nigwek proved that there is indeed truth behind the name, as one of the first Fall Flavours 2010 signature events entertained many, and successfully raised funds for a bursary for organic agriculture education, issued through the PEI Certified Organic Producers’ Coop.
Nigwek 2010 Schedule of Events
12-1215 Introduction & Welcome
Ceremonial biting of the carrot
1215-1240 Katie McGarry
1240-1255 address by officials
1255-130 Jordan Cameron
130-145 organic cooking demo
145-210 Meaghan Blanchard
210-225 organic presentation
225-250 John Connolly
250-305 organic cooking demo
305-330 Teresa Doyle
330-345 address by officials
345-415 Richard Wood/Gordon Belsher/Colette Cheverie
415-430 organic vs conventional taste test
430-455 Racoon Bandit
455-510 address by officials
510-535 Haunted Hearts
535-550 key note speaker - Chef Michael Smith
550-620 Milks & Rectangles
620-635 organic presentation
635-705 Molly Rankin
705-720 address by officials
720-750 The Danks
750-805 organic cooking demo
805-835 Boxer the Horse
835-850 organic q&a
850-920 English Words
920-930 closing remarks
930-10 Two Hours Traffic
Sunday September 5th from 12pm-10pm on Victoria Row in Downtown Charlottetown, PEI…
Less than 2 weeks until Nigwek hits Victoria Row!! We have so many great things planned for you fine people of PEI. The 2nd Annual Nigwek: Festival for an Organic PEI is going to be an amazing day filled with music, family fun and of course tasty organic food!
Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on this great day!
Nigwek is proud to be a Fall Flavours event! Fall Flavours is a month long culinary festival on the Island that celebrates the best of what is available locally. To check out all of the events that are happening during Fall Flavours visit: http://www.fallflavors.ca/
Take a look at the beautiful ad that has been created for Nigwek! Posters are next on the to-do list.
Hope to see you Sunday, September 5th!!
What can I say? Events like Nigwek: Festival for an Organic PEI would not be possible without the kind and generous support of Sponsors. Tonight I’m putting the finishing touches on sponsorship proposals. Are you interested? Do you feel like helping out? Do you believe in the possibility of an Organic PEI? Do you love live & local music? Do you want to help promote the festival, awareness about Organic agriculture and products in PEI and/or local Island musicians? Give us a shout. We’d love to talk to you about Nigwek and the many ways you can get involved.
Welcome to the new home of Nigwek - Festival for an Organic PEI!
Nigwek started on a hot and sunny day in the summer of 2009 and is poised to return again Sunday September 5, 2010!
Situated in the heart of Charlottetown, PEI the daylong street festival boasts 15 of the best musical acts the Island has to offer, a smorgasbord of organic food, cooking demos, lots of fun activities for families, and a star-studded cast of engaging speakers – led by Chef Michael Smith (in 2009).
Check back often for updates!
Something good is growing…