Locavore News — Events

New Announcements


Farmalicious This Weekend! Guelph, August 12 to 14

This weekend’s event: Local fixed price tasting menu, with wine pairings as an option. “Cork”, Elora • 146 Metcalfe Street, Elora • 519 846 8880.Discover our new restaurant in Elora! Working with our local suppliers we are creating a taste of who we are! VQA Wine pairings. Four course tasting menu.


ALUS Demonstration Tour, Norfolk county, August 18

This tour will highlight the biologically and agricultural diversity of the area and the farmers who call this cornucopia home. Visit three farms in Norfolk County and see how farmers are providing nature’s benefits through wildlife habitat creation projects. Details.


Toronto Youth Food Policy Council is looking for its next Chair, apply by August 15, 5pm

The TYFPC seeks to mobilize and engage youth to make change by building a just food system and influence other groups of youth to seek legitimacy within their respective municipal food policy framework. The position of Chair will last a minimum of 1 year, beginning in September 2011. Details.


Call for Volunteers to support FoodShare’s work in Schools, Toronto, by August 15 at 5pm

FoodShare Toronto is looking for volunteer workshop facilitators to assist in running an event on Friday September 30th, called Eat-In Ontario in Queen’s Park. Eat-In Ontario will gather over 500 students from JK to Grade 12 to participate in a series of four curriculum-linked workshops covering gardening, soil and composting, tasting, food and the environment and so much more. These FoodShare-designed workshops will be led by volunteer facilitators and a number of Food Literacy education partners, providing a rich and delicious tapestry of experience for all students in a safe and fun-filled environment. Details from Brooke Ziebell at FoodShare.


Let Nature Feed Your Senses National Conference, Cheshire, UK, September 6

Are you interested in hosting engaging farm visits? Then this conference is for you! Key note speakers will be Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks who will share ideas to awaken a sense of wonder and enjoyment in the natural world. Jo and Fiona have authored the Going Wild series of fully illustrated books which are full of practical ideas to make it easier for families, schools, play leaders and children to get outdoors and have fun. Other speakers include Sue Padfield, South West regional co-ordinator, who has developed a sensory rich memory box to help elderly people reminisce during visits. Details.


2011 Edible Container Photo Show, by September 30

Are you one of Toronto’s creative container gardeners? Then join Toronto Balconies Bloom, Riverdale Food Working Group and Toronto Green Community for our first online Edible Container Garden Show! We want this contest to showcase the great small space gardens growing in Toronto and inspire container gardeners across and beyond the city to get creative with their growing. Anyone growing any kind of edible plants in a creative container is invited to participate. Details.


Announcements Repeated


National Student Food Summit, Toronto, August 5 to 7

The National Student Food Summit 2011 is the first of its kind in Canada. The Summit will be held at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With the theme of the Summit being, “Food Connects Us All” students working on issues related to food, poverty, health and the environment are invited to be one of five representatives from their campus to share their expertise and perspective in the creation of a Campus Food Charter.  This document will identify a set of principles related to food that all of us can strive towards to achieve food security on our campuses and communities across Canada. Details.


Food & Farm Activist Retreat, Sedgwick, Maine, August 10 – 16

Due to funding shortfalls and travel restrictions the August, 2011 North America Food Sovereignty Training Camp hosted by Food for Maine’s Future, La Via Campesina North America, and the Greenhorns has been postponed until summer 2012. Food for Maine’s Future will still host a small number of people for the week for farmwork, workshops, farm tours, and really good food. Details.


Fresh from the Field: A Farmers Feed Cities Event Series, Toronto, August 11

An evening of local fare in support of Farmers Feed Cities hosted in partnership by local food advocate, chef and restaurateur, Brad Long – featuring the wines of Southbrook Vineyards and beers from Muskoka Brewery. Meet Chef Long, the winemakers and brewers. Learn about farming in Ontario and the foods unique to each region. Local food & drink in an outdoor, sustainable and urban green space.Details.


Two Billion Trees and Counting: The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz, St. Williams Forestry

Interpretive Centre, August 13

A Forest Fest is being held at the St. Williams Forestry Station and Interpretive Centre on August 13 & 14, 2011. The 13th is a Family Day, and on the 14th a memorial plaque dedicating the forest at St. Williams in honor of E.J. Zavitz will be installed. The newly published biography of Zavitz by John Bacher will be available. Book launch details


Food from Small Spaces Fair, Toronto, August 13

This is an eco fair on everything related to growing food in small, difficult, vertical, or rooftop spaces. Displays & info on growing foods in containers, raised beds, and on rooftops. Details.


Brock’s Big Bite, Beaverton, August 14

Brock’s Big Bite is a ‘long lunch’ festival.  The downtown area is closed. Long rows of tables covered with bright red and white checkered cloths stretch past the bank and the shops, replacing the cars and creating the ‘long lunch’ setting. The wonderful aromas of barbequed local beef and pork fill the air and grab your appetite.  The food tent is well-stocked with harvest-fresh vegetables and you can hear the laughter as a group of volunteers husks the bounty of corn in preparation for this celebration. And the pies… what better way to end a scrumptious meal than with a fresh slice of homemade apple or cherry pie!  We will be ready for the hungry crowds of family and friends to arrive and take their seats. Details.


Field to Fork Tasting Event, 2011, Muskoka, August 14

Experience local food like you’ve never experienced it before at  SAVOUR Muskoka’s 2011 Field-to-Fork Tasting Event! Sunday, August 14, 2011. Brooklands Farm, 1375 Butter and Egg Road, Milford Bay, ON P1L 1X4. Sample a variety of tantalizing locally-inspired food dishes and beverages from Muskoka’s premiere Chefs and Restaurants, while learning about the vast amount of culinary and agricultural resources that Muskoka has to offer. Details.


Consumer Demand for Local Food Attributes: Understanding Reactions to Food Production and Health Characteristics, Guelph, August 15, 16

Growing consumer interest in food product characteristics conferred by the production location or the presence of health and safety components points to a rising trend in demand for credence attributes. Indeed, emergence of markets for food products labeled (and possibly certified) as local, organic, natural or with ethical characteristics reflect consumers’ desire for quality characteristics derived from production methods and location. Particularly with reference to ‘local’ foods there are a number of unanswered questions – what drives the demand for local – is it health, food safety or community support? How is ‘local’ defined – by farmers, food processors, consumers and legislators? Details.


Summer Crop and Livestock Tour, Southwest Ontario and Michigan State, August 17 & 18

For over 30 years the Ecological Farmers of Ontario (EFO) has coordinated farm tours and courses helping farmers learn how to apply diverse management practices on their farm that help lower both off-farm input and energy costs, and that help create healthy and resilient livestock and crops.  This summer they have planned an exciting two-day crop and livestock tour, visiting farms in both Southwest Ontario and Michigan State. Tour participants will convene in Ridgetown, Ontario on Wednesday August 17th to first tour two mixed farms in the afternoon. While some participants may have to head home at the end of this first afternoon, the balance will carry on into Michigan, where they may be joined by additional farmers from both sides of the border for a second day of farm tours. Details.


Project Corndog: An Extremely Local Dinner Theatre Event, Aldergrove, BC, August 18, 19, 20 & 21

How close can you get to your food? Come and spend a summer evening on a local organic farm diving into a delicious piece of site sound and taste specific theatre. Follow puppets, musicians and circus acts through planted fields and fruit orchards, past streams and into a forest grove as Georgia, an organic farmer, and her scientist daughter Freidi struggle to save their family farm from an over the fence GMO attack and find love in unexpected places. The evening finishes with guests, farmers and actors sitting down to an open air organic meal grown on the very land they’ve just explored.Details.


Preston Market Taste-Off, August 25

Local restaurants will compete Iron Chef style, using ingredients sourced from the Preston Farmers’ Market.  Sample the dishes, and vote for your favourite! Details.


2011 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake (Dundas), August 27

Music, local farmers market, fresh local organic produce, artisans, swimming, trout fishing, horticultural workshops. A celebration of music, art, local produce, local people in a local paradise. Music by Daniel Lanois, Ray Lamontagne, Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles, Emmylou Harris & Friends, Rocco DeLuca, Serena Pryne and the Mandevilles. Website.


The McVean Farm Harvest Table, Brampton, August 28

Join Us! Sunday, 3pm – 8pm at the McVean Incubator Farm. Chef Yasser Qahawish will once again bring together a group of talented chefs to prepare a unique and delicious 4-course family-style feast cooked over charcoal. The meal will feature the amazing diversity of fresh produce from the McVean farm and local artisans. Paired with local sustainable wines. Artisanale Cafe & Bistro post.



Savour Simcoe 2011, August 28th

Simcoe County Farm Fresh is hosting it’s 4th Annual premier culinary event.    16 farmer/chef teams, 5 craft breweries and wineries, music and more all outdoors among the beautiful trees and agricultural artifacts of the Simcoe County Museum. Details.


Direct Farm Marketing Course, St. Mary’s area, August 28

Having a great product is different from selling a great product, and both of these things are critical to operating a successful farm business. Join EFO and Ann Slater, who has been growing and selling vegetables in the St. Mary’s area for over 30 years, on her farm to review all aspects of selling directly to consumers, whether through farmers markets, CSAs, farm stands, pick-your-own operation or coop. Details.


Meander and Munch: A Forest Lunch, Kitchener, September 3

Come learn how to create a Sustainable Snack Trail that provides a multi-sensory experience in a downtown Kitchener backyard. The forest garden experience stimulates the senses, feeds our bodies, and engages the mind in a harmonious lifestyle while providing food, habitat, energy and community.Details.


Growing Food and Justice Initiative Conference, Milwaukee, September 7-11

The fourth annual gathering of the Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative will focus on the relationship between earth and communities. This initiative is aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture. The vision for this initiative is to establish a powerful network of individuals, organizations and community based entities all working toward a food secure and just world. Details.


Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario Annual Field Day, Stouffville, September 10.

The Horton Family will be the hosts this year at the Horton Tree Farm in Stouffville, Ontario.Website.


Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, Woodstock, September 13, 14, and 15

Canada’s Outdoor Park is home annually to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show each September ­ but people, equipment and animals are roving in and out of the site all summer long. The 85 acre site in Woodstock, Ontario is used by many companies and groups leading up to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, being held this year from September 13th to 15th. Beginning as early as April, the action makes a chilly start with research programs, dealer training sessions and educational events. This summer, groups like Ontario Holsteins, Grober Nutrition and New Holland have taken advantage of the site with its long expanse of grass, buildings and crop plots. Details.


Farming Together: The Future of CSA in the UK, Bristol, September 16

The day will provide an opportunity for community supported agriculture enterprises to come together, to experience being part of a bigger network on a local, regional and national scale. We’ll be creating opportunities to network, to share good practice and hear from interesting models. In addition we’ll be looking at the international movement in order to bring new ideas, blueprints for scaling up and a wider dimension to the UK network. And finally we want to look forward, at the potential for CSA in the future, where it can go, how it will look, and who will be involved. Details.


Rural Food Conference, Clinton, September 17

REACH Huron is holding a Rural Food Conference, trade show and all day events on September 17th. The conference will feature a wide range of workshops related to agriculture, food, health and education. The trade show will feature local food, fun demonstrations and activities for youth and adults. Details.


Taste Local! Taste Fresh! St. Jacobs, September 18

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 eighth 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. The event offers an opportunity to learn more about local foods while building relationships amongst farmers, restaurants and consumers.  A limited number of passports will be available. Details.


Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival, September 24-25

Ontario’s “Best Culinary Experience 2010” the Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever on September 24-25, 2011. The two-day Festival highlights the region’s top chefs, farmers, musicians and artists. An outdoor market lines the Avon River, buskers and BBQs fill the streets – enjoy free concerts in the park, foodie activities for the kids, tastings and workshops, chefs’ demonstrations and cooking classes! There is something for everyone! Details.


Local Food, the $2.4 Billion Prospect, Kitchener, September 27

From biting into a delicious strawberry to starting a new business, buying local food is a deliciously healthy habit that has the ability to revitalize rural communities and create a new prosperity in Ontario. Join Lynn Ogryzlo, Author of The Ontario Table, in supporting local food by signing The Ontario Tablecloth in support of local food.Details.


5th Annual Stinner Summit for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities, Toledo, October 7

The 2011 Stinner Summit will be held at the Ward Pavilion, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Toledo, Ohio. Details and Registration Information will be available August 2011


Together at the Table: The foundation and future of food in Toronto, October 20

Food shapes our everyday lives, neighbourhoods, and the countryside that feeds us. This year, the Toronto Food Policy Council celebrates 20 years of innovative food policy and action in Toronto. “Together at the Table” will bring together food advocates, community groups, City staff, City Councillors, concerned Torontonians and food systems experts to reflect on the past and imagine the next 20 years of food in our city-region.


It Takes A Region – 2011: A Conference To Build Our Northeast Food System, Albany, November  11-12

This year, NESAWG and partners will draw on the success of our 2009 & 2010 “It Takes a Region” conferences.  Once again, we’ll look at exciting efforts underway in our region. We’ll hear and build from the work groups  — including distribution logistics, research, messaging, access & nutrition, and policy advocacy (how do we influence the 2012 Farm Bill?). We will welcome new participants — especially emerging food system leaders and community activists.  We’ll be addressing pressing issues such as food system worker equity and growing biomass versus food.  We’ll continue to explore scale, size, geography and cross-sector partnerships.  Watch for new features and networking opportunities. Details.


Ecological Farmers of Ontario Events & Courses


Everdale Events & Workshops


FarmStart Current Events & Workshops


Food Forward Calendar of Toronto Good Food Events


Foodlink Waterloo Events


Savour Muskoka Events


Sustain Ontario Calendar of Events


The Stop Community Food Centre Events Calendar


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