It was a sell out.
Unsurprising, because the event included roaming a field with a linen napkin and wine glass while listening to Vancouver-based music, while munching tasty delights, and while drinking numerous beverages.
Feast of Fields is a celebration of local food and its foray into Maple Ridge, by all appearances, was successful.
Hosts from Golden Ears Cheesecrafters welcomed guests to their field to taste the benefits of eating local.
Among the 30 food vendors with booths, there were bison burger sliders from Big Feast Bistro and Catering, Albion wild salmon from Whet Kitchen Bar patio, and grilled steak from Hopcott's Premium meats.
The 30 local beverage vendors offered sips of wine, beer, soda, tea and coffee.
All combined to leave attendees with the understanding that local really does taste great, said organizer Dana Reinhardt.
Unique offerings were the expectation and vendors were eager to share their stories with attendees who took an interest.
"Attendees have the opportunity to see where food comes from," Reinhardt said.
One wine vendor was Okanagan Crush Pad Winery with their boxed Haywire Crush Pad white, red, and rose wines.
What makes this vintner unique? In addition to their locally grown grapes, they invite small grape orchards from around B.C. to bring their grapes to be made into wine. Think of it like a U-Brew for grape growers where they bring their own varietals. An excellent option for the small scale grower who wants wine from their crop, but isn't set up for a winery.
"It's 100 per cent Okanagan grown grapes in our wine," noted Crush Pad's representative.
There was a silent auction, information booths about the importance of supporting local and sustainable food, and hay bales to rest on after a hard afternoon of indulgence.
The rain's appearance mid-way through the event shortened the most popular lines, but die-hard foodies lingered in the wet weather to make second, and third, rounds of the tasty treats.
Always held on the first Sunday after Labour Day, those not wanting to be shut out of next year's event should stay tuned to the Feast of Fields website (www.feastoffields.com) for news of the 2013 festivities.