Wedding Farm to Table Food
If you get married in Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake and you’re a fan of the 100-mile diet, your ability to feast on food that was grown locally is great. The wedding farm to table food movement is a huge part of Niagara’s culinary scene and couples looking for locally sourced greens, meat and cheeses – not to mention wine and beer – have an array of options.
With special attention being paid to how food is grown, processed and served, couples selecting Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake can, in some instances, visit the farms their produce, meats and cheeses are grown and raised. And, because these wedding food items will be coming from a 100-mile radius, couples won’t need to pay a premium for high quality, inventive and exciting food.
If you’re choosing to farm-to-table menu, make sure you consider the season in which you’re hosting your wedding. If you are getting married in the dead of winter, then your choices for fresh, local lettuce are going to be minimal. Of course, there will be plenty of options for root vegetables, but if you’re set on having fresh Caesar salad, then January is not the month for you to be married. Also, consider what people want to eat at various times of the year. You’re not likely to get many takers for a hearty beef stew in July.
It’s also important to balance your menu. In Niagara in the summer months, we are spoiled with tender fruits, such as pears, cherries and peaches, as well as berries and a whole host of delicious vegetables. Use those items to create a balanced menu, such as a peach glaze for your chicken, or use some fresh asparagus in a rice dish, for instance. Seasonal foods work well together so use that to your advantage to create a memorable menu.
Another important thing to consider is to be flexible. Planning a wedding is usually done months or even up to two years’ in advance. At this point, you have no way of knowing that frost will damage the strawberry growing season and the berries won’t be as plentiful as usual. Be open to making changes when necessary. Your caterers will still be able to create wonderful concoctions if one ingredient isn’t available.
Most of all, have fun and enjoy! We are so grateful in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to have access to many different types of produce, meats, cheeses, breads and wines that are all grown and created locally. Your palate will certainly be satisfied with a farm-to-table wedding menu sourced right here in Niagara.