Welcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.
This week’s challenge encourages you to:
Learn more about local food. I went on a Kingston By Fork tour for the first time last summer. Not only did I get to eat a whole lot of delicious, locally sourced food, but I learned so much about our food scene and the local folks behind it. Tours like these aren’t just for the tourists, there is a lot to be gained for Kingstonians too. Did you know that Cooke’s is the longest continuously running shop in downtown Kingston, or that the owners of Mio Gelato are bankers who just really love gelato? Has anyone ever told you the story behind the name “The Sleepless Goat”? An Edible Escapade, which runs every Wednesday and Friday at 1:30pm, will fill you in and fill you up as you tour from one shop to the next. On Thursdays and Saturdays at noon you’ll have the opportunity to get to know the vendors and farmers at Market Square. You’ll hear their stories and taste their wares, followed by a mouth watering, locally sourced meal at Aqua Terra. Kingston By Fork also runs special events like a wine and tapas pairing at Tango Nuevo on July 29th, and in August they’ll host a Gallery Graze through downtown art galleries with food stops along the way. This week we challenge you to go on a tour and learn more about Kingston’s vibrant local food scene and the people that keep it alive.
Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.