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Food N' Garden Fair

When: Saturday September 27, 2014, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Road St. John’s

Cost for the event: Entrance to the Garden is free for the day, however, donations will be gratefully accepted.

Cost for Tasting Tickets: $20 

MUN Botanical Garden and its Community Partners are proud to announce the:

2nd Annual Food ‘n Garden Fair
~ Celebrating Ken Proudfoot’s Legacy!

To ‘grow’ upon the success of last year’s inaugural event, Memorial’s Botanical Garden, and its dedicated partners, have reassembled to offer the public the exciting opportunity to participate in the 2nd Annual Food ‘n Garden Fair! Featuring new chefs and retuning favorites, this year is set to be bigger-and-better! Guests at the Garden can expect:

  • multiple demonstrations, displays and tips on: gardening; growing vegetables, herbs and composting;
  • kids’ component including vegetable creature creations, newspaper planters and various other activities;
  • a unique food tasting experience where local chefs will tempt your taste buds with their culinary creations using ingredients provided by our local farmers, and;
  • the annual Potato Peeling Contest – for kids and adults!

In addition to recognizing 2014 as the “International Year of the Family Farm,” the Food ‘n Garden Fair will continue to honour Ken Proudfoot’s legacy as a research scientist, potato breeder, avid gardener and a Friends of the Garden member.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Road, St. John’s. Admission to the Garden is free for that day; however, donations to the garden, as well as non-perishable food items for the Community Food Sharing Association, will be gratefully accepted.

Food tasting tickets are $20.00 and will include tasting samples from four chefs between 11:00 am to 2:30 pm on the day of the event. To partake of the food tasting experience, visitors are encouraged to purchase tasting tickets in-person at MUN Botanical Garden prior to the event date. 

Special Thanks to our generous Sponsors – City of St John’s, Memorial University, Downhome Magazine and the Telegram – without whom this event could not be such a grand success!

Event Schedule

Demonstrations - Main Stage

11:15 - 11:30  Opening Remarks
11:30 - 12:00  Floral Arrangement
12:00 - 12:30  JNC Compost Challange 
12:30 - 01:00  Newfoundland Horticultural Society: Q and A 
01:00 - 01:30  Wood and Plant Identification
01:30 - 02:00  Bulb Forcing
02:00 - 02:15  Kids Contest Winners 
02:15 - 02:45  Ask the Botanical Garden Experts 
02:45 - 03:15  Making Concrete Leaf Casts 
03:15 - 03:45  Potato Harvest Demo - Vegetable Garden
03:45 - 04:00  Closing Remarks 

Botanical Garden Tours

Those who are interested in particiapting in the Botanical Garden Tours are asked to meet in the Alpine House, adjacent to the Main Event Tent, 5 minutes prior to the scheduled tour.

11:30 - 12:00  Tour 1
01:00 - 01:30  Tour 2
03:00 - 03:30  Tour 3


Reserve Your Tasting Tickets Today! 

Advance Tasting Tickets can be purchased via phone by calling the Botanical Garden, 864- 8590. Please have a valid credit card available when you call. 

Call (709) 864-8590


Featured Chefs & Menus

The Menu

Four creative culinary delights - featuring the humble potato! 

Chef Roary MacPherson of The Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland with a Chipolte Potato Soup, served by Chef Thomas Canning of East Side Mario's/Holiday Inn
Chef Brian Piercy of Bridie Molloy's/Celtic Hearth with a Boxty (Irish Potato Pancake) and Roasted Pork with a Grainy Mustard Sauce
Karen Power of The Garden Café with Salmon Cakes on a Bed of Greens, plus choice of Tea or Coffee
Andrea Maunder of Bacalao Restaurant with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Fudge 

The Chefs

Executive Chef Roary MacPherson
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland 
115 Cavendish Square, St. John's
Chef MacPherson strongly believes in using Canadian product to create unique Canadian cuisine and he has worked hard to gain experience from the east coast of Newfoundland as far west as Alberta. Roary, as a President of the Federation of Newfoundland Chefs and Cooks, led the Provincial Junior Culinary Team to a Gold victory in April 2005 and his target is to reclaim Gold in 2009. Roary also represented Atlantic Canada at the 2nd International Conference on Culinary Tourism in San Francisco, California in May 2005. The three member Canada Team won the People’s Choice Award and 1st place overall in the Culinary Cook-off Competition. Chef MacPherson was named 2005 Culinarian of the Year by the Canadian Chef’s Association, St. John’s Division.

Executive Chef Thomas Canning
East Side Mario's - Holiday Inn
180 Portugal Cove Road, St. John's
Chef Canning has spent most of his life in Newfoundland and strongly believes in using local products in creating a unique flavor for his guests at his establishment or in his own home. Over the years he has participated in a number of events such as James Baird House in New York City, represented Newfoundland at the Quebec Expo in Quebec City, and Roots Rants and Roar in Elliston where local ingredients means everything. As well Chef Canning has won a number of awards in the Atlantic Culinary Competitions. Local charities are another thing that is high on his priorities such as the Ronald McDonald House which he cooks for every two months to present the guest with a real treat.

Executive Chef Brian Piercey
Bridie Molloy's/Celtic Hearth 
298 Water Street, St. John's
Brian Piercey is one of St. John’s most active chefs. He’s involved and engaged in the food life of the city. He writes: “I started my culinary career in the culinary arts program at The College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s, Newfoundland. After completing the program, I started my apprenticeship at the Fairmont Hotel Newfoundland. Over the seven years at the Fairmont, I moved around in different departments of the kitchen, including; Pastries, The Bonavista Restaurant and The Cabot Club. Also in the time spent at The Fairmont, I competed in several competitions, including CCFCC Jr. National competition in Halifax in 2001.”
After spending seven years learning both cooking and management at The Fairmont he headed to Clarenville, a large town west of St. John’s. There, as Executive Chef at the St. Jude Hotel he was surrounded by farms and good markets. This was a turning point.
Now back in the life and action of St. John’s, he’s Head Chef and General Manager at Bridie Molloys, an Irish style pub and the Celtic Hearth on George Street, one of the oldest mercantile streets in North America. Both are havens for honest, traditional Irish and Newfoundland inspired cuisine which, in 2009, he took to the James Beard House in New York City.

Karen Power
Garden Cafe - MUN Botanical Garden 
306 Mount Scio Road, St. John's
Karen has been a "Friend of the Gardens" for many years and is an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating. She has been involved in the service industry in one capacity or another for most of her life and four years ago she jumped at the opportunity to combine business with pleasure and bring her love of good food and cooking to patrons of the Gardens as operator of the Garden Cafe. Her emphasis is on fresh ingredients, wholesome foods and a relaxed atmosphere. Karen also operates her own "Power Smoothies" business providing catering services and, when time allows, selling healthy smoothies at festivals/events around the province. In her off time she enjoys sewing, gardening, hiking/walking, yoga, bicycling and trying to get her family to eat better.

Andrea Maunder
Bacalo - Nouvelle Newfoundland Cuisine
65 LeMarchant Road, St. John's 
Andrea Maunder is living her lifelong dream. She owns and operates Bacalao, an award-winning restaurant dedicated to innovative interpretations of Newfoundland cuisine, with a passionate focus on local produce, product, seafood, game and spirits. She is wine director and self-taught pastry chef. Andrea has a deep commitment to promoting to the world, the best of what Newfoundland has to offer. She serves on the board (past-president) of the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland Labrador, writes a monthly food column for the Downhome Magazine and appears as wine expert on Rogers TV’s cooking show, “One Chef One Critic”. (She would love to have her own TV show someday – are you listening Food Network?!)


FOG Potato Tasting Tent

A fun opportunity to taste and compare samples of f 4 potato varieties grown in Newfoundland, and boiled in their skins. Compare red to blue, white to yellow and pick up useful potato cooking tips. 

Featured Potatoes include: Russet, Chieftain, Yukon Gem and Blue Right Through


FOG Potato Peeling Tent

A chance to test your potato peeling skills in a timed competition with another visitor, friend, family member or acquaintance. The object of the event is to see who can peel a specified number of potatoes the fastest. There are 3 competition categories: Youth (18 and under), Adult and Professional/Chef.

Throughout the day, competition "heats" will occur at half hour intervals, each with 4 contestants per round. Adults must peel 5 potatoes each; children must peel 3 potatos each. Winners of each heat will receive a small prize. The Adult with the fastest time of the entire day will recive a grand prize and have their name engraved on the Potato Peeling Contest Trophy - on display in the Botanical Garden Field Centre. 

Please note that contestants can only participate once during the day.

Come out to the Food 'n Garden Fair on Saturday, September 27 and prove that you are the most posthaste peeler!  


Family-Friendly Activities and Contests for Kids (K-6)

The Food 'n Garden Fair is a wonderful time to enjoy the wonders of MUN Botanical Garden with the whole family! Exciting opportunities for parents of younger children include:
- Balloon Twisting by Brian Sheppard of Balloons and Bowties (12 - 2 pm)
- Face Painting by Carolyn Staple (Pixy Mama) and Derek James of Healing Brush and Spirit Painting; the original Waundering Brush (2 - 4 pm)
- Duck Feeding
- Veggi Critter's 
- Potato Peeling Contest
- Newspaper Flowerpots
- Storytime
- Jugglers (2 - 4 pm)

.... And much, much more!! Join us on Saturday, September 27 for fun-and-games at the 2nd Annual Food 'n Garden Fair!

Creative Contests

Children in grades K-6 are invited to participate in the first ever coloring and poster contests in celebreation of the Food 'n Garden Fair. Full contest(s) details and submission forms can be found below.

Coloring Contest Rules (K-3) (PDF)

Coloring Sheet (K-3) (PDF)

Poster Contest (4-6) (PDF)


Thank You to Our Partners and Exhibitors

Note: Food 'n Garden Fair Exhibitors indicated in bold...

Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden
Friends of the Garden, MUN Botanical Garden
Newfoundland Horticultural Society
Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Agricultural History Society of NL
Food Security Network
Federation of Agriculture
Murray Meadows Farm
Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development, Marine Institute
Community Food Sharing Association
Food Advocacy Research at Memorial (FARM)
Suncor Energy Fluvarium
Ziggy Peelgoods French Fries
Garden Cafe 
Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada
Department of Natural Resources - Foresty and Agrifoods Agency
Innovation, Business, and Rural Development (IBRD)


 Honouring Ken Proudfoot

Ken Proudfoot

MUN Botanical Garden has assembled a group of like-minded organizations to re-establish the Potato Festival event to continue to honour Ken’s Proudfoot’s legacy as a research scientist, potato breeder, avid gardener and a Friends of the Garden member.

Kenneth George Proudfoot


September 24, 1930 – April 3, 2009

• Ken Proudfoot completed a post-graduate degree in Agriculture at Queen's
University, Belfast, Ireland
• 1956: Began work as a potato breeder, his vocation for over forty years.
• 1967: Along with his wife Helene and their young children, Michael, Andrew, Valerie and Oonagh moved to St. John's to begin work as a Research Scientist with Agriculture Canada (now Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada).
• From 1967 until retirement, Ken was responsible for the potato and rutabaga breeding programs, establishing 75% of the seed potatoes currently in production in NL, and introducing three rutabaga varieties.
• 1995: In recognition of the substantial contribution to Newfoundland agriculture, Ken Proudfoot was inducted into the Atlantic Agriculture Hall of Fame
• 1998: He was presented with an Agcellence Award from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, honoring his career achievements as an internationally recognized potato breeder and research scientist.
• Worked in close association with the Newfoundland farming and gardening community, a Friend of the Garden, NL Horticultural Society member, a guest on numerous gardening radio shows, and lecturer at Memorial University.
• Ken Proudfoot’s devotion to and enthusiasm for his work has earned him the respect of friends and colleagues the world over. 



Thank You to Our Sponsors

A special shoutout to our valuable sponsors, without whom this event could not be such a success.
- City of St. John's
- Memorial University of Newfoundland
- Downhome Magazine
- The Telegram