Founded by Canadian Actor/Comedian Shaun Majumder, The Gathering is part of a larger not for profit social enterprise known as ‘OME.
Ome’s purpose is clear: “To rewrite the rural story.”
How can we do this? By creating a sustainable micro economy through tourism by building small businesses and reinvesting the profits back into the communities of Burlington, Middle Arm and Smith’s Harbour.
The Gathering: Fire, Food, and Music is a festival focused on celebrating the unique culture and cuisine of Newfoundland and Labrador. Born as the inaugural event for a new non-profit organization, OME, headed by comedian and fellow Newfoundland native Majumder, this festival is a back to the elements experience, filled with culinary delights and intimate cooking and dining experiences, in celebration of all things Newfoundland.
The festival was born while shooting season one of "Majumder Manor" which aired on the W network in Canada for two seasons and followed Shaun and his wife, Shelby Fenner, as they laid the ground work to make Shaun’s dream a reality. Shaun and his team decided to throw a party in celebration of the opening of their first project under the Ome umbrella, a community green house business called Hummock View Greens.
Not knowing if anyone would show up, the team invited world class chefs, local musicians and had an incredible weekend. They knew they were onto something and in year two they decided to sell tickets and the rest as they say is history. The Gathering: a celebration of Fire-Food-Music was born.
The only problem was that, there was no where to put the musicians and chefs and other guests, so the Majumder purchased a handful of prospector tents and Shelby and her mom, Lorna, decorated them beautifully. This led to the glamping in Burlington! Instead of trying to build the five-six room lodge, these leftover prospector tents would serve as the first phase of accommodations for the area. And now www.omesweetome.com is one of the most unique accommodations on the island of Newfoundland.
"These luxury wilderness tents will allow us to ‘test’ the viability of the area as a tourism destination," Majumder said.
The current tents and pod are rich with amenity and allow great comfort to marry with an unfettered connection to nature. The Guest Pods are the smallest scale of new built permanent structures for the project and are one or two bedroom units that have been built in remote locations. Each of these aspire to distill the magic of the natural beauty of this remote pocket of rural Newfoundland and Labrador.
"We are so thankful you chose to visit our amazing corner of the world," Majumder said.
In addition to many musical acts, chef hikes, comedy shows and a shed crawl are offered along with Newfoundland special 'Jigg's Supper."
The festival takes place Aug. 23-25 at 13 Old Church Road, The Gathering Grounds, Burlington, Newfoundland, Canada. Tickets range from $650 for an all weekend pass to $75 for a one-day pass (US prices are approximately 25 percent less due to a favorable exchange rate) and all information may be found at http://thegatheringburlingt