It’s an extraordinary concentration of arts, not just theatre. There’s something for everyone. Music community, the theatre community, the film community is all kinda coming together, people that I grew up with and it’s really inspiring. You’ve got a very creative community here, there’s more emphasis on what people are doing individually here as creative people,
but also a nice spirit of community. With my techniques and my creativity the sky’s the limit. The produce is the freshest I can receive, it’s the best I can imagine, and the product and end result is beyond what most chefs, even in a larger city are struggling to maintain on a daily basis. As a kid when I grew up here there was bushes all around, they may not be in the village anymore but they’re close by and the kids are still finding places to build forts and be creative. I think for me that was the lifestyle I looked for and where I wanted to raise my family and be a part of that lifestyle. It’s actually just one big arts festival because there’s the Celtic Festival, the Bach Festival, there’s all these things happening and I think we’re very close to seeing a real synergy between all these groups. You’ll see the passion when you come, and there is spirit everywhere you go, and that spirit can drive you to do special things. The biggest hidden treasure that we have here is the number of people who are engaged in the creative economy.