By NorthCountyFood, Photos by Jessamyn Trout, ROAD WEST PHOTOGRAPHY unless noted.
MainStreet Oceanside is hosting the annual conference for the California
Main Street Alliance this year. Downtown managers from all over the state are attending this conference to advance their education and network with their peers. The event consists of two days of workshops and events.
One of the events consists of a tour of Cyclops Farms and lunch, to learn
how downtown Oceanside chefs are partnering locally to give their customers
a “farm to table” experience, and how this benefits the local economy. This tour
will hopefully inspire those attending to help develop partnerships between local
growers and your restaurants in their district.
The lunch was hosted on the newly built event space at Cyclops Farms. the space is a joint venture between Cyclops Farms and North County Food.
Attendees were shuttled in on a double decker bus.
Upon Arrival guests were greeted by farmer Luke Girling and exposed to the great views.
Ooh look; a hawk.
Luke answering questions at the farm’s produce stand which is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Chefs Samantha Parker of Flying Pig Oceanside, AJ Shiek of Blvd Chinese Kitchen, and Ian Smith of Masters Kitchen and Cocktail provided a gourmet lunch utilizing vegetables picked straight off the farm.
Chef Samantha preparing her Lamb burgers.
Lamb burgers with caramelized fennel and a very literal garden salad with a stinging nettle vinaigrette.
Chefs A.J Shiek along with Ian Smith preping his award winning fish tacos..in this case salmon with an Asian farm picked slaw.
Guests enjoying their lunch
Gold Coast Mead provided flight samples of their locally crafted Mead.
While Living Tea Brewery offered two versions of their Kombuchas, Ginger and Acai / Coconut. (Stock photo)
I want to thank everyone involved for making my dream of bringing this project to life ( it only aged me 6 years ).
Please join northcountyfood.com and follow us on facebook along with Cyclops Farms in order to learn of future events. Eventually we would like to do monthly Chef POP-UP Dinners, “Date Night” on the farm and educational programs.