A dozen graduates from College of the North Atlantic (CNA) volunteered at the annual Eat the Hill event in Clarenville, working side-by-side with professional chefs to serve hundreds of people at the two-day food festival.
Eat the Hill, which is organized by CNA culinary arts instructor Chris Sheppard and former instructor Roger Dewling, incorporates winter activities, entertainment and food from some of the top chefs in the province. All proceeds from the event go to White Hills Resort in Clarenville for facility upkeep and improvements.
Those attending the fifth annual Eat the Hill in Clarenville witnessed the committee hitting their stride, preparing food for some 340 people in the sold-out event, which in turn has a great economic impact on the region.
“Our market for Eat the Hill is getting bigger,” Sheppard said. “Of the 130 tickets Friday night only 50 were sold to people from Clarenville. Of Saturday’s 190 tickets, 90 were from Clarenville. From a tourism perspective, the research shows that people who come for food events overnight spend about $120 per person, per day in town. So that’s about a $27,000 economic impact for the region from this two-day festival. That is not including the cost of tickets to Eat the Hill.”
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