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    The event was a chance to showcase some local businesses, growers and chef. Coming over from J&E'S Bored N' Saucy, Jeremy Kozakevich prepares some meat for people to taste. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Local favourite Gillian Rutz entertains the crowd with his talent. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Employee Madi Young hands over slices of cake. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Hyska's Your Independent Grocer owners Steve and Val Hyska were thrilled with the turn-out. They wanted to encourage people in the community to rethink food and try something special. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Local vendors were showcased and encouraged to share their treats. Mike Wheeler from Golden Maple handed out samples of his syrup. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Cutting the cheese took on a whole new meaning. A 120-lbs wheel of Parmesan-Reggiano was cracked in front of a crowd of hungry people. This cheese is highly regulated and made in only a specific area in Italy. It was cracked by Guinness World Record Holder Val Hyska. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre was the store's charity of choice and had a booth on location. Kassidy Bandille, 4, plays with the still-unnamed Ontario SPCA mascot. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)



Hyska’s YIG hosts Try it Thursday event

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday October 3, 2019

Hyska's Your Independent Grocer (YIG) wanted to help people rethink the way they view food with their Try It Thursday event.

On Aug. 1, the business opened its doors to food lovers in the area, offering food samples from local vendors, a celebrity chef and restaurants, watch product demonstrations, a variety of prizes, and to witness a Parmesan-Reggiano cracked by a Guinness world record holder.

“We just want to have a conversation about food and … celebrate it,” said YIG owner Val Hyska, adding the emphasis is on eating as local and as fresh as possible.

Though the entire event was free to attend, people were encouraged to donated to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre.

As a whole, YIG owners and staff are proud supporters of charitable organizations in the area. The Ontario SPCA is one in particular, however, that they hold dear. They often come across pets left in vehicles on hot days and have had to rescue distressed animals in their parking lot in the past.

Val Hyska strongly supports the Ontario SPCA for their No Hot Pets campaign.

“The more we can do to educate people, the better,” she said. “A lot of times people just don't understand that the 10 minutes it takes to run into the store can be too long.”

Having YIG support them with the event is an outstanding, inspiring and “a-meow-zing” feeling for Heather Jobe, Community Development Coordinator for the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre.

“They know how much the animals deserve this kind of attention and help,” said Jobe.

Hyska’s YIG hopes to hold similar events to Try it Thursday again in the future.