Locavore News — Events


Agro-activities in the Fringe of Tokyo, Japan, Toronto, September 20

Urban fringe landscapes with a juxtaposition of segmented agricultural lands and urban land uses, seen to result from the incomplete application of Western urban planning concepts, have been regarded as a symbol of disordered Asian urban fringe areas.  However, such a mixture of urban and agricultural land uses in the fringe is not a modern invention of Asian cities but may be identified in their history.  Professor Makato Yokohari, an urban agriculture expert from the University of Tokyo, will be presenting on “Agro-activities in the Fringe of Tokyo, Japan” on September 20, 2010 at 12:30PM. His presentation is at the Earth Sciences Centre, Room B142 (33 Willcocks Street) on the University of Toronto campus.


Toronto Community Food Animator Bus Tour, September 30

It’s time for the yearly Toronto Community Food Animator Bus Tour where you can see and learn about amazing community-led food projects. Join us and the dirt on beautiful community gardens, hear inspirational stories and feel the vibe at a new Good Food Market! And don’t forget tasty food catered by Field to Table Catering. You will be introduced to engaging food projects and community leaders, and will have the opportunity to talk with politicians, funders, public health, and our project partners about the impact of these food projects and the political changes needed to bring Good, Healthy Food to all of Toronto. Details.


Local Foods Week and Eat Local Challenge, Columbus, Ohio, October 2-8, 2010

Local Matters’ Local Foods Week is back for another round of delicious events this year! 2010 Local Foods Week is set for October 2-8 Join us as we kick off our 2nd annual celebration of locally grown food and host exciting events for everyone whether you’re just introducing your palette to the wonderful flavors of local Central Ohio food or ready to challenge your skills in a master cooking competition. Come out for the fun! During Local Foods Week we are launching the Eat Local Challenge with 9 easy ways to play and win great prizes – pledge to Eat Local now at EatLocalOhio.org!


Value Chain Management Forum, Guelph, October 5

Value chain management can help you turn your competitors, suppliers and customers into partners. It is a collaborative approach in which all those who contribute to the production of a product – producers, processors, suppliers and retailers – work together to meet customer needs and maximize profitability. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs event.


FoodShare’s Eat-In Ontario!, Friday October 8

Join FoodShare in celebrating Ontario’s Fall harvest by hosting your own Eat-In Ontario! What: A province-wide fall harvest festival teaching students of all ages the joys of cooking, growing and tasting good, healthy food. How: Here in Toronto, FoodShare will be gathering over 700 students from selected schools around the GTA on the front lawn of Queen’s Park to enjoy a plethora of curriculum-linked, hands-on activities.  We encourage you to host your own event at your school to join in the festivities. When & Where: Friday, October 8th, 2010, at your school. Website. Register.


Reinventing Food Distribution for Regional Food Systems, New Orleans, October 17

This session will be a presentation by Red Tomato of basic ‘lessons learned’ in twelve years of wholesale distribution and marketing of local produce, combined with small – and large – group problem solving, information sharing and brainstorming for anyone actively involved in creating distribution links for local/regional food supply. Community Food Security Annual Conference: Food Culture Justice: The Gumbo That Unites US All, New Orleans, LA. Community Food Conference.


Alternative Supply Chain Development, Albany, NY, November 11

How do we scale up local foods without losing integrity and a fair price to the farmer? How do we grow a distribution infrastructure for the emerging food system? These questions and more will be addressed in this nuts and bolts workshop on how to create values-based value chains that will enable our region’s farmers to supply large-scale wholesale markets, profitably and with dignity. New England Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Annual Conference: It Takes A Region, Albany, NY. It Takes A Region Conference.


Announcements Repeated

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.


Open House, Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming, September 18

The Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming (GCUOF) is the site for an Open House event to be held on Saturday, September 18 from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m.  Hosted by Garden2Table (G2T), the event will feature guided tasting tours, cuisine prepared by top Ontario chefs, live music, a corn roast, educational demonstrations and children’s activities. Contact Lauren. Website.


Good Food for All Festival, Toronto, September 18

The Good Food for All Festival is back and bigger than ever! Join us on September 18 for a fun-filled—and entirely free!— day of entertainment, kids’ activities, music and, of course, lots and lots of delicious food. Hosted by broadcaster and author Jane Farrow, the day features the Food Network’s Food Jammers and their crazy culinary contraptions; music by Nine Mile and Samba Squad; a community cook-off (you be the judge); a farmers’ market; samples from The Stop kitchen; a bike-repair clinic; a swap shop and much more. Kids will enjoy live animals, food competitions (with cookie rewards!). The Stop event.


New Farm Harvest Festival, Creemore, September 18

The New Farm is gearing up for another Stop fundraiser! For one night only, the farm will be transformed into a restaurant, theatre and concert hall with an organic BBQ (complete, of course, with fresh organic veggies straight from the farm); foot-stomping folk music from the Sun Parlour Players; and a performance of Reesor by Erin Brandenburg and Lauren Taylor. All proceeds benefit The Stop and New Farm’s Grow for the Stop program. Details.


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.


Feast of Fields, 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.


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.


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 25

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.


2010 Tour de Greenbelt, September 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.


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 lets.go.eat@gmail.com.


Meet Mark Bittman, Toronto, September 27

Simon and Schuster and Type Books are bringing one of our favourite people to town. Author, cook and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman will be launching his new book, The Food Matters Cookbook, at the Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St.) on Monday, Sept. 27. Metro Morning host (and Stop board member) Matt Galloway chats with Bittman onstage, followed by book signing. Doors, 6:30 pm. Free! The Stop event. 


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.


Boston Local Food Festival, October 2

The Boston Local Food Festival presented by Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN), is a delicious outdoor celebration of the many benefits of local food. Located on the historic Boston waterfront, along Fort Point Channel, the festival showcases affordable and scrumptious food grown and produced in the Boston area, Massachusetts, and New England. Festival-goers can engage with farmers, chefs and entrepreneurs, learn from workshops and demonstrations, and enjoy activities and local music. 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. 


We Should All Have a Say in Our Food System, October 12 to 17

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) announces the launch of the Cross-Country Kitchen Table Talks, October 12 to 17, inviting Canadians to dig in and discuss what could be the most important public policy development since Medicare. Invitation to get involved.


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.


What’s On The Table, Toronto, November 3

What’s on the Table brings together Toronto’s top chefs for one night only to help raise funds for The Stop’s critical anti-hunger programs and services. The event features Niagara Peninsula wines as well as brilliant live, silent and photography auctions. The entire event takes place in the spectacular Artscape Wychwood Barns, where The Stop’s Green Barn is the anchor tenant. The Stop annual fundraiser.

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.


Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy Conference, Kingston, November 19

This innovative and interactive forum will provide academics (faculty and students), business community representatives and economic developers with opportunities to debate ideas, examine theory, present research findings and exchange experiences in order to emerge with a refined understanding of the rural creative economy. Monieson Centre at Queen’s University call for papers.

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.


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