Locavore News — Events


New Announcements

Farmalicious, Enver’s of Morriston, August 19 to 21

Farmalicious features restaurants that bring locally grown food to the table. Guests can enjoy knowing that their meal was prepared with locally grown products – and how real it tastes! Make farmalicious your guide to taste•real local food this harvest season! Details.


Food Forests, Everdale Farm, Hillsburgh, August 21

Food Forests are employed in permaculture design to create extremely productive, low maintenance systems, on a small amount of land. They provide multiple yields such as food, fibre, medicine, mulch, habitat and fodder for both wildlife and domestic animals, and of course, beauty. If participants are not already familiar with permaculture principles we will start with a brief overview of them and then focus on Food Forest design and implementation for the remainder of the day. Activities will include an observation exercise, mapping, preparing the ground, planting a new guild, and more. Details.


Fresh Fest, St. Thomas, August 25

FreshFest is a tasty culinary event that encourages participants to explore Elgin County’s rich food and drink offerings. Add music, and a silent auction in support of the CASO Station, and you get an evening you won’t want to miss. The Third Annual event returns to the CASO Railway Station in St. Thomas on Thurday August 25th, 2011, 5-9pm. Savour Elgin will again be an important part of FreshFest, as sponsors of the outdoor tented area where you will find information about the exciting Savour Elgin Culinary Trail, plus a place to relax, mingle and enjoy the music of Matthew and the Birds. Details.


Harvest Hastings Festival, Coe Hill Community Centre, August 27

Coe Hill Farmer’s Market, in conjunction with Harvest Hastings presents the Harvest Hastings Festival on Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 10:00 am – 1:00 am at the Coe Hill Community Centre. A strong emphasis on local foods and music will bring a message of sustainability in agriculture and an awareness of the economic and environmental impact of local production and services.  It also presents a marketplace for the inclusion of local foods in private and public institutions, i.e.: schools, food banks, restaurants and businesses. The event will launch “The Hastings Country Music Project” to showcase a broad spectrum of the musical heritage of the county which has long been a part of our agricultural and rural way of life. Contact Fazlur Rahman at 613-334-1007 or Cathy Moore at 613-337-8740 for more information. Harvest Hastings calendar.


Savour Ottawa Harvest Table, August 28

Buy your tickets now and join us for a family-style traditionally themed harvest table lunch on Sunday August 28 at the Parkdale Market. Local Savour Ottawa producers are providing the food and it will be lovingly prepared by a number of local Savour Ottawa chefs. We expect a sold out event so buy your tickets soon! Details.


NOFA Locavore Cooking Challenge, Brooklyn, NY, August 30

Eat yummy food and learn delicious recipes made from the offerings within a 200 mile radius of Park Slope, at the Food Coop’s Locavore Cooking Challenge. This event is sponsored by the Park Slope Food Coop and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. Details.


Grand Opening – Albion Hills Community Farm, September 10

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Albion Hills Community Farm.  Local Harvest, Maze, children’s events, Farm Skills Challenge,  Straw Bale castle, Giant Pumpkins. Details.


The Global Roots Garden Harvest Party, Toronto, September 10

The Global Roots Garden is a multicultural community garden at the Stop Community Food Centre’s Green Barn. It brings together seniors and youth from Toronto’s diverse cultural communities to celebrate food growing techniques from around the world. Come join us in the garden for our Harvest Party Saturday Sept. 10 from 2-5 pm! Green Barn, 601 Christie.

Meet the gardeners, tour the plots, sample tasty food, and enjoy music from around the world and youth theatre. Contact.–


Guelph-Wellington Local Food Field Dinner 2011, Strom’s Farm, September 11

Come enjoy an alfresco multi course feast at Strom’s Farm on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

Regional chefs and farmers will come together to showcase the best the region has to offer, with each course paired with an wine from Colaneri Winery. This unforgettable culinary event is not to be missed. Details.


TYFPC first meeting of year-three, September 12

Do you want to be part of North America’s first YOUTH Food Policy Council? Stop by the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council’s (TYFPC) Community Meeting on September 12th, 600-800 pm at Metro Hall, room 314. Since this is the first meeting of year-three we’ll be setting the year’s agenda based upon what food topics YOU are interested in discussing. AND, if you want to play a bigger role and become a Council Member of the TYFPC, please stop by! Details.


Permaculture Design Workshop Series High Park Children’s Garden, September 24

Through this series the group will practice permaculture techniques for (re)designing a site. We will apply permaculture principles, explore design elements, interview a client, and analyze the site using a wide variety of techniques. We will present our recommended site design and implementation plan to the client and make a final revision. Includes group work and some homework. Learn skills you can apply to your own site or in a community, public or rented context. Details.


Eat-In Ontario in Queen’s Park, September 30

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. 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. Please submit a brief statement of interest and your resume outlining relevant experience by Monday, August 22 at 5pm to Brooke Ziebell at brooke@foodshare.net. Details.


Bring Food Home Conference, Trent University, Peterborough, October 27, 28, 29

Bring Food Home is Ontario’s biennial conference connecting food and farming leaders working towards a sustainable food system. The 2011 conference is themed “Preparing the Ground for a Sustainable Food System.” The organizers of Bring Food Home 2011 are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for the conference.  The Thursday night keynote will feature a panel discussion by leaders transforming food systems: Mark Winne, Jeanette Longfield, and Dawn Morrison moderated by Jon Steinman. On Friday writer, activist, and academic Raj Patel will address the conference and will speak at the Feast of Local Flavours. Details.


Announcements Repeated


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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