Local organic farmers and chefs served up some tasty treats at the Feast of Fields in Vincent Massey Park yesterday.

Around 600 people turned out to sample some of the local organic dishes prepared by the 25 chef and farmer pairings at the event, which is presented by the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers. Event manager Michele Green said the event is intended to give farmers a chance to connect with chefs and consumers in order to expand the local food market, which she said is strong and growing in Ottawa.

Brad Campeau, owner of B.Goods mobile bakery, was offering samples of cookies he makes with flour from Mountain Path mill near Kemptville.

Having the producer so close allows Campeau to ensure the freshness and quality of the flour, but he’s noticed the local tag also helps get some attention. “We’ve always used local flour,” he said.

“It wasn’t a grab for us, but you really do see a lot more people looking for local ingredients.

Local definitely?is?moving.”