The Local Food Revolution, August 19
Gord Hume, municipal councillor will address the role that civic government has to play in the local food movement by enacting policies that support farmer’s markets, local restaurants, community gardens and by building neighborhoods that cater to healthier lifestyles. This free event will take place on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 7 pm at the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre, 225 Chestnut Street, St. Thomas, Ontario.
Hamilton Project Harvest Vegetable Garden Tour, August 29
Please join us on Sunday August 29 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for Hamilton’s first vegetable garden tour! For a cost of $10.00 you can tour six amazing and unique gardens, featuring a mini-greenhouse, self-watering systems, a windmill, and whimsical art. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Sponsored by Project Harvest.
A Slow Taste of Town & Country, September 26
Slow Food London is teaming up with the National Farmers Union – Middlesex County to celebrate the incredible fall bounty of Middlesex County (and beyond) at “A Slow Taste of Town & Country”. The annual event showcases local farmers, artisans, and chefs who best exhibit the Slow Food ideology of good, clean, and fair. This tasting event will also feature some of Ontario’s best VQA wines and craft brews as well. A special guest at this year’s occasion will be the Thames Talbot Land Trust as they celebrate 10 years of protecting lands and waters of ecological and agricultural value in and around the London area. Details from email@example.com.
Picnic at the Brick Works, October 3
Join in our fourth annual celebration of the local, sustainable harvest. Each year we in the urban community gather to share in the bounty and offer appreciation to our rural neighbours who nourish us so well. This year the Picnic will provide a virtual tour of the culinary regions of Southern Ontario. Join us to taste the terroirs of our foodshed and eat your way through the province. Details.
Cross-country Kitchen Table Talks, October 7 to 17
We should all have a say in food policy. To make sure that the People’s Food Policy truly reflect a broad spectrum of opinions, we need citizens like you to contribute your ideas, values, time and effort. The People’s Food Policy Project (PFPP) has announced a national week of Kitchen Table Talks, October 7 to 17, inviting Canadians to dig in and discuss important public policy development. Details
Get Fresh! in Thunder Bay, October 16 deadline
Win $100 in Country Market Bucks by entering your favourite recipe using local food. Fill out the on-line submission form. Your recipe can also be dropped off or mailed to the Food Action Network c/o Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Details.
Healthy Communities and Planning for Food – A Harvest of Ideas, October 28 & 29
The Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s two-day symposium will examine the many urban and rural planning issues associated with food and how this relates to fostering healthy and sustainable communities. Details.
National Barbecue Day, August 7
Meal Exchange, a National not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing hunger issues in Canada is declaring August 7th, 2010National Barbecue Day©. Canadians are invited to register their own backyard barbecue parties to bring their friends and neighbors together for a good cause and learn more about food security. Registrants are encouraged to enjoy locally produced barbecue fare and beverages and chat about hunger issues in their communities. Talking points will be provided to the registrant as well as more information on Meal Exchange. All parties registered will also have a chance to win two tickets anywhere WestJet flies. Website.
Fruit & Vegetable Field Day, August 10 (Alberta)
The second Fruit & Vegetable field day is being held in Strathmore, Alberta area on August 10, 2010. The field day is an opportunity to learn from other producers and share your own experiences. Participants are responsible for their own travel between the tour locations. Pre-registration is requested so that lunch can be organized, please call 1-800-661-2642, please leave a message if there is no answer. Registration deadline is August 6, 2010. Details.
Preserving the Harvest – Canning Salsa, August 14
With Karin Kliewer, of Little City Farm, 508 Duke St W, Kitchener. In this busy workshop we will make salsa (using all local ingredients) to demonstrate the canning process, and discuss safe canning and preserving techniques! Each person will take home samples of salsa, plus enough resources and tips to feel confident with home canning & preserving. Cost: $30/person (all supplies provided). Pre-registration mandatory. Contact 519-575-9174 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Waterloo Regjon events.
The Whole Plate Teacher Training, August 16th -18th, Viroqua, Wisconsin
Connecting the Kitchen, the Farm and the Classroom. For 2 1/2 days come and experience how this integrated foods and nutrition curriculum works in the teaching kitchen in which it was created! Teachers and lay users of the curriculum will cook, harvest, preserve and discuss real food in the center of organic farming country. Jane Siemon, creator of The Whole Plate, Monique Hooker, guest chef, and other talented chefs and farmers will lead this intimate course. Local homestays are available. This training is accredited with the University of Wisconsin. Details
A spectacular orchard event in celebration of Niagara peaches! August 21
Ricardo Larrivée, star of Ricardo + Friends (Food TV Canada) is coming to Niagara to join with food writer and Niagara Cooks author Lynn Ogryzlo to celebrate Niagara peaches! Intoxicating aromas of peaches fill the air while you dine in the orchard with Ricardo and Lynn on a 5-course peach dinner complete with private cooking demonstration. This fundraising event is in support of local food and the work of the Niagara Culinary Trail who this year published Niagara’s first culinary guide focused on local food. Details.
Niagara Passion – Celebrating Wine, Food, Jazz, Auctions, and more… August 21
The Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake along with the wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and 17 restaurants of the Niagara region are excited to bring you our second annual event. Passion will feature 17 celebrated chefs from the Niagara region offering samplings of a taste of Niagara, combined with wine tastings from our 22 wineries and sultry sounds of Juliet Dunn and the Kitt Cat Collective group. Details.
Taste of Huron – Locavore Brunch, August 22
Traditional Sunday brunch with a twist prepared by local chefs featuring Huron County produced eggs and other ingredients. Includes food-related discussion. Grassroots Rural Retreat, Lucknow. Details.
FRESH – the movie, August 26
Thursday, August 26, 6:30pm to 9:00pm, Bloor Cinema (Toronto). Fresh is a new documentary by Ana Sofia Joanes that examines the consequences of our industrial food system and offers a practical alternative for how we grow, buy and eat our food. Some of the food activists featured in the film are urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, who challenges the Wal-Mart dominated economy. Radishes & Rhubarb blog. Fresh website.
McVean Open Farm Days and Harvest Celebration, August 29
At FarmStart’s McVean Incubator Farm 19 new farmers are digging in with 11 different farm enterprises on-site. These farmers, from all over the world , are growing a huge diversity of crops, from honey to mushrooms to a hundred different kinds of vegetables. Details.
Feast of Fields, August 22, Okanagan, August 29, Lower Mainland, September 19, Vancouver Island
Feast of Fields – a gourmet wandering harvest festival – is FarmFolk/CityFolk’s annual fundraising event. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, you can taste the very best of BC from chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers, and food artisans from across the province. Connections are made between producers and chefs, food producers and consumers, and farm folks and city folks. These connections provide an increased awareness of and appreciation for local food and agriculture. Feast of Fields is a gastronomic journey towards a sustainable, local food system. Details.
Third Annual Savour Simcoe – Celebrating of Heritage, Agriculture & Regional Cuisine, August 29
Third Annual Savour Simcoe event will take place on Sunday August 29th, 2010 at the Simcoe County Museum (outdoors among the trees and historical buildings) – 1151 Hwy 26, Minesing, ON (just minutes northwest of Barrie). Details
Growing Power’s National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference, September 10 to 12, Milwaukee
Come to Milwaukee and help grow the good food revolution. Hosted by Growing Power—a national organization headed by the sustainable urban farmer and MacArthur Fellow Will Allen—this international conference will teach the participant how to plan, develop and grow small farms in urban and rural areas. Learn how you can grow food year-round, no matter what the climate, and how you can build markets for small farms. See how you can play a part in creating a new food system that fosters better health and more closely-knit communities. Conference website.
2010 Tour de Greenbelt, September 11, 12, 25 & 26
Tour de Greenbelt is a cycling event for all ages and skill levels. You can choose your distance, riding as little and 1k and up to 55k. Each route allows for scenic stops at natural attractions, farms and vineyards in the Greenbelt and riders are encouraged to enjoy the ride as well as the countryside and experiences along the way. Each day concludes with a BBQ using locally grown food with live entertainment and kids activities.. Website.
Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, September 14, 15, and 16th
Canada’s largest agricultural trade show is scheduled for in Wookstock, Ontario. They will be showcasing new farming technologies that can improve productivity and all aspects of farming. Details.
Taste Local! Taste Fresh! September 19
Imagine spending a relaxing afternoon tasting a tantalizing array of appetizers prepared by teams of the area’s finest chefs and farmers. Foodlink Waterloo Region’s seventh annual local food showcase returns to Riverside Meadows Park in St. Jacobs. Guests will be able to meet and chat with chefs about the art of cooking and farmers about the local food they grow. Each guest will receive a “passport” providing information about the participating farms and restaurants. The event offers an opportunity to learn more about local foods while building relationships amongst farmers, restaurants and consumers. Details.
Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival, September 25-26, Stratford
Renowned Canadian chefs, award-winning food writers, local farmers and artisans, exclusive Ontario VQA wines, craft brews and Stratford’s musical artists invite you to come join them to celebrate glorious food. Wander farmers markets in search of edible treasures, hands-on culinary demonstrations for adults and kids, outdoor musical concerts, street carnivals, theatre and an authentic Perth County BBQ. Continue with more concerts, street carnivals, culinary demonstrations and York Street Tasting with over 30 chefs paired with 30 local producers and VQA wines for an afternoon of sampling and imbibing in tents. It all happens in Stratford’s historic downtown shopping and garden district. Details on the Savour Stratford website.
The 12th Annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival, October 3
A chance to visit Apple Heaven while still on earth! Salt Spring Island, BC is Apple Heaven, Growing over 350 varieties of apples organically. In 2009, the apple display at Fulford Hall featured 316 labeled apple varieties. We even grow red-fleshed apples. Last year, our Pie Ladies baked 149 apple pies identified by 15 apple varieties used. Become an Apple Connoisseur. Taste more apples than you can believe. Experience apple history back to 1860. More.
FlavourFest, October 5 -11
Experience the flavours of Norfolk County, where local farmers, growers and chefs come together to promote their produce and culinary skills. There are live cooking shows with celebrity chefs and local talent, meet the Two Fairly Fat Guys, and shop the FlavourFest market to take home products with you. At Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show in Simcoe, ON. Happy Eating!! 1-800-699-9038, website.
On the Bright Side: Rural Canada Works, October 14-16
The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation annual policy conference On the Bright Side: Rural Canada Works will be held October 14-16, 2010, hosted by the Rural Development Institute in Brandon, Manitoba. Sessions focusing on rural policy, immigration, education, food security, and other issues will address challenges affecting today’s rural communities, and highlight approaches designed to address these challenges. Early bird registration is available until August 20, 2010. Details.
Holland Marsh Soupfest, October 16
Holland Marsh Growers’ Association in partnership with the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and King Township present Holland Marsh Soupfest – Saturday October 16th, in Bradford Ontario. Facebook announcement
Leading Innovation: The Art and Science of Food, October 19
Guelph Food Technology Centre’s upcoming one-day program Leading Innovation: The Art and Science of Food offers valuable insight on global food trends, sodium reduction strategies in food, the local, organic and sustainable food trend, labelling of foods and food safety. This one-day program offers easy access to seasoned experts and leaders in product development, culinary arts, food science and food safety. It offers a unique platform to meet the individuals that are shaping new product development and managing the culinary innovation explosion in Canada. The keynote address for this program will be delivered by Canada’s favourite chef and FoodNetwork star, Michael Smith. This special event will be held at the prestigious ThinkFOOD! facility, the new food innovation centre of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Course details.
2nd European Sustainable Food Planning Conference, October 29-30
Planning for sustainable food production and consumption is an increasingly important issue for policymakers, planners, designers, farmers, suppliers, activists, business and scientists alike. In the wider contexts of global climate change, a world population of 9 billion and growing, competing food production systems and diet‐related public health concerns, are there new paradigms for urban and rural planning capable of supporting sustainable and equitable food systems? University of Brighton (UK) website.
Faith and the Future of the Countryside 2010, November 3 to 5, Swanwick, Derbyshire, UK
A major ecumenical conference exploring the sustainability of rural communities and their churches, and making recommendations for their future. This event will also mark 20 years from the publication of Faith in the Countryside and the completion of the Archbishop’s Commission on Rural Areas. Four conference themes of rural communities, economy, environment and rural church reflect the breadth of issues covered in the original report. Church of England website.
GFTC Presents Canada’s Premiere Sustainability Event
Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC), the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) and Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) will recognize forward-thinking companies that have shown leadership, corporate responsibility and a vision for sustainability. The banquet and gala evening will feature a keynote address by bestselling author and corporate visionary Dr. John Izzo. The “Raising the Bar” Gala Event is a critical milestone in the multi-year, multi-phased “Raising the Bar for Sustainability Performance in Ontario’s Food and Beverage Processing Industry” project. Details.
Food Secure Canada’s Biennial Assembly, November 26 to 28
The Assembly will begin with a keynote panel on Friday, November 26, focusing on the ‘big picture’ around food, energy, and climate change, with a panel of speakers from the ‘global South’ and Canada. The speakers will unveil the international corporate agenda and discuss the responses from small farmers and social movements against land grabs and the degeneration of agriculture into the production of biomass for whatever industrial purpose is currently convenient. This discussion will be placed in the context of the movement for Food Sovereignty. Initial program outline. Submissions for workshop or other sessions welcome via on-line form.
Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges, March 22 to 24, 2011
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is hosting an International Greenbelts Conference in Toronto, Canada, March 22nd – 24th, 2011. Through the sharing of diverse experience and perspectives, the Conference will spark new ideas about the possibilities that greenbelts offer, and generate new ways of tackling some of the complex challenges in near urban farming, rural vibrancy, and protecting our ecosystems and the numerous benefits they provide. Website.