Manna Gum Community House’s first Pesto Festo held in Foster’s Main Street on Saturday January 23, 2021 was so popular it has been declared the absolute besto so far!
Manna Gum manager Bec Matthews said the 70 or so jars of pesto freshly made on the spot in a pair of electric food processors set up outside Foster FoodWorks were so eagerly snapped up by passers-by the stall had clean sold out by 11 am.
“We’d like to thank all of the people who bought our pesto, tickets in our Who Gives A Crap toilet paper raffle, and a Manna Gum team member’s homemade preserves as well as everyone who gave us the herbs, greens and garlic we used.
“Among our kindly produce donors were Corner Inlet district home vegetable growers, the Project Green Plot collective of community gardeners, and Buckley Park Community Farm at Fish Creek,” she said.
“We also really appreciate the support we got from local businesses, too.”
Bec said the idea for the Pesto Festo came from a Manna Gum volunteer who is also a chef, who wanted to turn locally-grown herbs and greens into pesto as a fundraiser for Community House activities and programs.
“Sales at the Pesto Festo generated about $400 for Manna Gum,” she said.
“Because our stall was such a success we’re already thinking about running a second Pesto Festo and perhaps even making it a regular Manna Gum event.”