Belgrave Fowl Supper moving ahead as drive-through event
BY DENNY SCOTT
The Belgrave Community Centre Board is hosting a drive-thru turkey meal on Oct. 6 in place of its annual fowl supper, which routinely feeds 1,000 people at once at the Belgrave Community Centre.
Jonathan Van Camp, president of the board, explained that the board, alongside the committees involved with the annual meal, were talking about ideas to replace it which resulted in, last year, a half-chicken take-out dinner being offered to the community.
While board members had hoped the event could be hosted this year, due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions, the group decided to go ahead with a drive-thru take-out meal instead.
Van Camp said a committee was formed to review the issue, which actually predates COVID-19. He explained that, prior to the pandemic, the board and committee were discussing the future of the event, leading to a take-out turkey dinner being offered, which was, in part, prepared by The White Carnation in Holmesville.
“We looked at the same idea this year,” he said. “The meat, dressing and gravy will be prepared by The White Carnation, while the board and volunteers will handle the mashed potatoes, turnip and coleslaw, as well as prepare the meals.”
He explained that one of the mainstays of the meal - pies - really wasn’t feasible, so this year the meal will be accompanied by a butter tart instead.
There will be 800 meals prepared, making the already popular event even more exclusive. Tickets, which are available at the Belgrave Co-op and Stainton’s Home Hardware in Wingham, will only be available through Sept. 11.
“That’s 200 less than the normal fowl supper, but the 400 tickets we did last year sold out so fast, so we’re hoping this will go longer,” Van Camp said.
He said the tickets are already selling well, despite the fact that they were only made available two weeks ago.
As for the future of the event, Van Camp said the success of these meals may play into that discussion.
“Two years ago we looked at cancelling the event and thinking about doing take-out or a smaller meal,” he said. “The table convenors hoped to get younger volunteers or look at ending the in-person event going forward... Last year, we tried the half-chicken meals and we got a lot of good feedback and a lot of community groups are able to manage large take-out events, so we may look at that.”
The event is an important fundraiser for the board, Van Camp said, as many other revenue sources, like rentals for family Christmas or Thanksgiving events, may not bear fruit this year due to COVID-19.
Pick-up times will be split into two hour-long windows, with the first starting at 5 p.m., Van Camp said, and one half-hour-long window starting at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit the Belgrave Community Centre Board on Facebook.