Sandspit’s Wild Harvest Festival
Sept 8 and 9, 2017 marks the 3rd annual Wild Harvest Festival in Sandspit. This very popular grassroots event was envisioned in 2014 by members of the Sandspit Community Society and organizer Flavien Mabit. The annual event is a celebration of all things wild. It is a place where people meet and share their knowledge of wild plants, animals and marine life. Even the most novice of foragers can learn about the harvesting of wild edibles, about medicinal plants, hunting, fishing, and all that is readily available on Haida Gwaii.
The celebration has outgrown its former location at the Sandspit Visitor Centre and moved to the Sandspit Community Hall, a larger venue for 2017. A highlight of the festival is a wild harvest dinner catered by chefs Edi Szasz and John Lowe. This dinner has become so popular that people begin to monitor the Wild Harvest Festival website and Facebook page throughout the summer, watching for news of ticket sales. The success of the dinners resulted in 2 additional dinner seatings in 2017 for a total of 4 seatings over 2 nights in 2017.
The festival has the support of local businesses such as Moresby Explorers who provide vans and drivers for the popular foraging tours. The Sandspit Airport (YXP) has provided necessary equipment and the Moresby Island Standing Committee provided support ensuring that the festival was approved for funding from the Gwaii Trust Society. Sandspit restaurants will also participate by offering menus with wild edibles the week of the festival.
Come on over to Sandspit and join us for a weekend of wild!