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Farmland Festival mixes agriculture with diversity and culture

The first edition of the Festival Terre Ferme, or Farmland Festival, will take place in Godmanchester on September 25 and 26.

The festival, which will be located on the farm currently featured in the revival of the popular French children’s program Passe Partout, is being described as an intercultural event celebrating Quebec agriculture, music, and the arts.

 

Chadi Alhelou, an actor and voice coach as well as the owner of the farm and one of the main organizers behind the event, moved to Godmanchester several years ago. In organizing the Farmland Festival, he says he wanted to bring people to the region to discover the warm welcome and generosity he found when he first arrived.

Alhelou was also inspired by the experience of producing and tasting foods grown on his farm. He formed the non-profit organization Érable et Sources to promote cultural diversity in urban and agricultural environments. The Farmland Festival is the first of what he hopes will become an annual event.

In partnership with Heritage Canada, the municipality of Godmanchester, the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, and Diversité Artistique Montreal, the festival will consist of agricultural, artisanal, and gastronomic kiosks featuring local products and producers, games and activities for children, and a variety of musical groups from different cultural backgrounds.

The festival will take place from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on September 25 and 26 at 2152 Rang 4 in Godmanchester.

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