The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Agricultural Committee hosted their second annual Banquet In A Field at Arrow K Farm near Belfield, N.D., on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
The tempestuous weather made the outdoor setting less than ideal, although quick thinking brought the banquet indoors.
The one-of-a-kind summer event presented attendees with the unique opportunity to mingle with local agricultural producers while breaking bread. The event’s purpose is to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of production agriculture -- from planting to plate.
With a guest list of 130, the event was packed with locals who were treated to live entertainment courtesy of local country musician Jessie Veeder.
"As a Rancher myself, I think this is a wonderful way to spread the word of agriculture," Veeder expressed with high spirits.
The multi-course meal featured over 10 North Dakota commodities, including barley, canola and chickpeas.
Greg and Stacey Kessel, who operate Arrow K Farms with their children Jade, Grant, Garett and Griffin, welcomed guests to their property as gracious hosts of the event.
Jade Kessel, the night’s emcee, said they were grateful for the many sponsors who helped bring this event to fruition.
“When you live in southwest North Dakota everybody knows everybody,” Kessel said.
The evening was not only a showcase of production agriculture, it was also the perfect time for the many guests to get a first-hand look at the scenic, rolling hills that the Western Edge has to offer.
The social, which started promptly at 5:30 p.m., was shortly followed by a warm welcome presentation given by the Dickinson Area Chamber Of Commerce staff and Agriculture Committee volunteers. Guests were guided to the evening’s social where, for an hour, they mingled among the various stations.
"This is really exciting, this is a chance for us to educate people who probably aren't too familiar with where there food comes from and the different ways to prepare it," said Brian Gion, the Marketing Director for Northern Pulse Growers Association.
Guests, excited by the smell of the multi-course formal meal, enjoyed the first course of a soybean salad with sunflower oil and red wine dressing, which created an initial spark of flavor in the mouth and around the table in conversation. The second course was beef tri-tips served alongside barley pilaf with corn and zucchini, sauteed in canola oil. Dessert was a grape zinfandel cake served with honey whipped cream and ice cream.
The 12 different North Dakota commodity groups represented provided guests with appetizers showcasing the diversity of North Dakota’s agriculture. The stations included caramelized honey tart, flaxseed granola clusters, split bean mini-sliders, meat skewers and much more.
The event staff included 10 Dickinson Area Chamber Of Commerce volunteers and a dozen North Dakota FFA members from South Heart as servers.
The event was organized by Dickinson Area Chamber Of Commerce’s Agriculture Committee, a group of volunteers who come together to increase awareness and promote the importance of production agriculture.