Farmers’ Market Tent at Elgin-St. Thomas International Plowing Match, September 21-25
Local flavours will be featured at this year’s International Plowing Match, with a Farmers’ Market Tent with a sample-fest of Elgin’s foods and wines. Events each day will include celebrity chefs on stage, as well as 500 free Elgin County Souvenir Cookbooks to those who complete their passports. Come have a break at Elly’s Café, and enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of our region’s finest flavours. The Farmers’ Market Tent will be close to the RV park. International Plowing Match details.
Potatoefest, Petersburg, August 28, 2010
Visit Laepple Organic Farm for their annual Potatoefest. Learn about how potatoes are grown and all the wonderful things we can do to celebrate them! Details.
Build your own Cold Frame Workshop, Everdale Farm, August 28
Join Kyla Dixon-Muir, an experienced four-season gardener, and learn about cold frames. Get your garden growing anew for the fall and be ready to harvest greens from October, through winter, into spring. Learn how to extend your growing season without the use of electricity or a greenhouse. This workshop is hands-on; you will build your own modular cold frame to take home. See www.riverdalemeadow.ca for examples of Kyla’s easy cold frame systems in action. Morning registration, Afternoon registration.
Project Harvest Vegetable Garden Tour, Hamilton, 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 email@example.com for more details. Sponsored by Project Harvest.
McVean Open Farm Days and Harvest Celebration, Brampton, 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.
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
Feast of Fields, Lower Mainland, August 29, Vancouver Island, September 19
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.
Growing Power’s National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference, Milwaukee, September 10 to 12
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.
Saving Seeds, Kitchener, September 11
With Bob Wildfong, Executive Director of Seeds of Diversity. Saving seeds & knowing how to grow our own food may be some of the most important skills we can have, as food prices rise and crop diversity declines. Attend this workshop to learn proper techniques for collecting seeds from your own garden this season, from beans to tomatoes, herbs to flowers. Details.
Taste Real from the Ground Up, Erin, September 12
Come and taste real from the ground up at Deerfield’s a beautiful farm just outside of Guelph in the rolling Hills of Erin. Appetizingly Yours Events and Catering presents this unforgettable event for you to enjoy. Experience a multi course al fresco meal on the picturesque grounds of John Sutherland’s farm. Meal prepared by: Appetizingly Yours Events and Catering from Guelph, Queen Bush Bistro from Mount Forest, South Street Gourmet from Harriston, The Food School from Fergus. Wine pairings for each course presented by Colaneri Wines. Details
Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, September 13
Toronto Youth Food Policy Council is accepting applications for membership at its September 13th Community meeting from 6:00-8:00 at Metro Hall room 308. Interested in joining North America’s first YOUTH food policy council? You’re in luck! The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council has three position vacancies and is now accepting applications from all interested, food passionate youth between the ages of 16 and 30. Skills in areas such as blogging, website design, social media, communications, accounting and researching is an asset, but we welcome applications from all interested youth, regardless of experience level or background. Applications are due September 24th by midnight. For and an application form, email TYFPCapplications@gmail.com.
Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, Woodstock, 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.
Carrot Fest, Everdale Farm, September 18
Visit Everdale for Carrot Fest, a fall harvest celebration and bales of farm fun that showcases the rich diversity of the local community. This year it will bigger and better than ever, with lots of entertainment and activities for families, foodies and farmers alike. For information contact Jennifer Lennie.
Taste of Guelph, September 19
Taste of Guelph is one of Guelph’s best-loved garden parties featuring more than 55 of the area’s finest restaurateurs, caterers, vintners and brewers. Together they serve up delectable samples from their menus to help raise funds for St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, Guelph and The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital. Details. Directory.
Taste Local! Taste Fresh! Waterloo Region, 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.
Wellington Rural Romp, September 25
The Wellington Rural Romp is your chance to get up close to your food. This event is all about learning about agriculture, meeting the people that grow your food. At each location you will find farmers that are passionate about bringing healthy food to you. Maps are available at Guelph and Wellington Public Libraries, Tourism Outlets and Select Retail Locations. Each location on the Rural Romp route will also have maps available. Details.
Foraging for Wild Edibles Workshop, Everdale Farm, September 25th
Discover the abundance of food that nature produces without any digging, planting, or tending (ie. you lifting a finger!). Learn how to identify, harvest (collect), prepare and enjoy what grows all around, even on your lawn and in your city. We will lead you through Everdale’s fields, meadows, and forest edges, collecting as we go. We will then prepare the food to enjoy together for lunch, as well as press plants for future reference (preservation). This introductory workshop will help you gain an understanding of the most abundant and easily identified edible flora of Ontario. Registration.
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 McVean Farm Harvest Table, Brampton, September 26
A delicious 4 course, family-style afternoon harvest table feast. Food will be prepared, cooked over coal and fresh picked on the farm. $75/person. Kids under 12 free. All proceeds will support the farm and new farmers. Details.
A Slow Taste of Town & Country, London, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stew Hilts Retirement Celebration, Toronto, September 30
The Ontario Farmland Trust and the Young Conservation Professionals Program are co-hosting a benefit dinner to honour Dr. Stew Hilts for a lifetime of contributions to conservation in Ontario and across Canada. Dr. Hilts, Chair of the Ontario Farmland Trust, is retiring from the University of Guelph at the end of the summer. All proceeds from the event will support OFT’s work protecting agricultural and natural features of Ontario’s landscape, as well as YCP’s career development programs for the conservation leaders of tomorrow. The benefit dinner will be held at the Black Creek Pioneer Village Visitor Centre in Toronto. Arrive at 6pm for cocktails, with a locally-grown dinner to be served at 7pm. Details.
Picnic at the Brick Works, Toronto, 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.
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.
Niagara’s Good Food Fair, October 3
Real food from the people who make it. The Niagara Good Food Far will run consecutive Sundays until October 3, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. located on 4251 King Street in Beamsville, Ontario, showcasing the best in local produce and food products. The fair will feature fresh produce, herbs, organic (and biodynamic) vegetables, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, local honey, artisanal charcuterie and cheeses, and an opportunity to enjoy grilled fare from a BBQ chef. From a release.
FlavourFest, Norfolk County, 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.
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.
On the Bright Side: Rural Canada Works, Brandon, Manitoba, 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.
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.
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, Mississauga, 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.
Healthy Communities and Planning for Food – A Harvest of Ideas, Guelph, 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.
2nd European Sustainable Food Planning Conference, UK, 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, Swanwick, Derbyshire, UK, November 3 to 5
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.
Farmfair International! Edmonton, November 5 – 14
For over 35 years, Farmfair has held the reigns as a top business destination for the international livestock industry. Each year, thousands of guests come together to see, show and sell top quality livestock in Edmonton, Alberta. Farmfair showcases over 1000 head of cattle, 800 horses, alpacas and stock dogs. Details.
GFTC Presents Canada’s Premiere Sustainability Event, Brampton, November 4
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, Montreal, 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, Toronto, 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.