Jazz with cheese and tea

Enjoy a little jazz with your wine, tea and cheesecake this weekend at the Morningstar Farm during their 6th annual Jazz, Tea and Cheesecake event.

Members of Bria’s Hot 5 entertain at last year’s Jazz

Members of Bria’s Hot 5 entertain at last year’s Jazz

Enjoy a little jazz with your wine, tea and cheesecake this weekend at the Morningstar Farm during their 6th annual Jazz, Tea and Cheesecake event.

This year the Ian McDougall Quintet, with members from Victoria and Vancouver, will be entertaining in the grassy field amidst great views of Mt. Arrowsmith, cows at pasture and the tranquil pond.

McDougall has been leading brass bands on the trombone for 20 years, composing and arranging in both jazz and classical music. 

Ray Haynes at the Morningstar Farm said he is pleased to have this extremely well known musician come entertain at the farm.

“He is the preeminent exponent of trombone probably in Canada, possibly in North America,” he said.

McDougall will be joined by Ron Johnston on piano, Oliver Gannon on guitar, Neil Swainson on bass and Kelby MacNayr on drums.  

Singing at the event will be Melody Diachun, a multi Juno award nominee and nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year in Canada’s National Jazz awards in 2009.

During intermission crowds can enjoy homemade fruit-topped cheesecake made with the farm’s own fromage frais. There will also be other little Qualicum Cheeseworks cheeses to sample as well as fruit wines by the farm’s Mooberry Winery. Coffee and tea will be also be on hand.

The event takes place Sunday, July 17 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 or 2 for $39. Haynes recommends a lawn chair and a hat, and should it rain they have borrowed “a myriad of fine tent covers.”

Tickets are available at the Morningstar Farm’s FarmGate Store, Cranky Dog Music & Mulberry Bush Bookstores. 

The Morningstar Farm is located at 403 Lowry’s Road in Parksville. 

For more information visit www.morningstarfarm.ca or call 250-954-3931.