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Devour! festival, Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia raise money for Valley food banks

Susan Smith of the Fundy Food Bank, Sarah Ehler of the Wolfville Food Bank, Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia chairman Thom Oulton, Devour! executive director Michael Howell, Devour! managing director Lia Rinaldo and Leo Dorey and Bruce Smith of the Fundy Food Bank at a recent cheque presentation. Missing from the photo is Alice Veenema of the Canning Food Bank.
Susan Smith of the Fundy Food Bank, Sarah Ehler of the Wolfville Food Bank, Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia chairman Thom Oulton, Devour! executive director Michael Howell, Devour! managing director Lia Rinaldo and Leo Dorey and Bruce Smith of the Fundy Food Bank at a recent cheque presentation. Missing from the photo is Alice Veenema of the Canning Food Bank. - Mark Davidson

Funds raised through 2018 Great Devour Chicken Dinner

WOLFVILLE, N.S. —

Annapolis Valley food banks are the winner in a team fundraising effort involving the Great Devour Chicken Dinner.

The Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia, The Bank of Montreal, Canada Geese Water and Devour! the Food Film Fest joined forces to raise almost $2,400 for Valley food banks at the Great Devour Chicken Dinner, part of the 2018 Devour! festival in Wolfville.

The dinner, held on Oct. 28, saw almost 1,000 guests receiving a free barbecue chicken dinner courtesy of the Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia and the many celebrity chefs participating in the festival. The chefs volunteered to cook at the event.

Regional food bank clients received a free dinner and anyone else who donated cash or food received a dinner as well. Participating chefs included Michael Blackie from Ottawa, Craig Flinn from Halifax, local chefs Peter Jackson and Jason Lynch, along with many others.

Chef Bill Pratt's “Chef Inspired” group of restaurants provided the giant barbecue rig that allowed 1,000 people to be fed efficiently and quickly.

The nearly $2,400 raised was divided evenly among the Wolfville and Area Food Bank, the Canning and Area Food Bank and The Fundy Food Bank, which serves Kentville and New Minas. The money will be used to support their programs.

The cheque presentations were made April 25, as Devour! organizers returned from curating Devour! events for the 2019 festival across Canada, the United States, the Bahamas and Germany. The 2019 Great Devour Chicken Dinner will be held the afternoon of Oct. 27 at Robie Tufts Park in Wolfville.

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