Welcome to Feast. We are Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller, friends, collaborators, writers, photographers, adventurers, and whatever else we need to be on any given day. This website started in 2013 as a year-long project, and ended up leading to a whole lot more.
We met in 2011 around an Okanagan campfire and became fast friends, bonding over a love of food, people, and stories.
In June 2013 we set out on Feast: An Edible Road Trip, a cross-Canada adventure with the sole purpose of finding and sharing interesting stories of Canadian food culture. After five months, 37,000km, and 200+ stories shared through this website, we returned to Vancouver feeling tired but pleased we’d managed to pull it off.
In April 2014, a very unexpected and wonderful thing happened: we won “Best Culinary Travel Blog” in Saveur Magazine’s annual food blog awards.
With a newfound confidence in our writing, we got to work on the next goal: a cookbook. In the initial planning phases of the road trip, we’d dreamt of being able to record the whole experience in a book that would feature many of the recipes and stories that define Canada. We wrote a proposal, submitted it to Appetite by Random House, and in March 2015, Robert McCullough and his team offered us a book deal. In a state of disbelief/excitement, we got to work.
Through what felt like endless tasks of writing, recipe testing, photography, editing, layouts, and design, the book was finally published on March 7th, 2017. We’re extremely proud of Feast: Recipes & Stories from a Canadian Road Trip, and grateful to the team at Appetite for helping us share our stories so beautifully.
Thanks to everyone who has been a part of our evolving journey. We couldn’t have done any of it if without you there, too.
Lindsay & Dana