Taste of Huron and West Coast Bluesfest – Cancellation Update
Due to the tragic events caused by the tornado that struck Goderich and area on Sunday, August 21, 2011, the organizing committees of Taste of Huron and West Coast Bluesfest have made the decision to CANCEL the events scheduled for Labour Day weekend in Goderich. The Food For Though dinners and Gala dinner are still planned to go ahead, with a portion of all Taste of Huron ticket sales being donated to the Goderich Tornado Relief Fund. Details.
Seed Saving Workshop, Toronto, Septemb er 2
The Stop will be hosting the second seed saving workshop of the season! The workshop will be held on Friday September 2nd from 2-4 pm In the Greenhouse at the Green barn. (601 Christie St) The workshop will be an interactive discussion and exploration of the world of seeds and how to preserve them. For anyone who attended the first session, there will be a bit of review and some new things as well. Details.
Farmalicious for Labour Day Long Weekend, Guelph, September 2 to 5
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! This weekend will be featuring: the Breadalbane Inn • 487 St Andres St W, Fergus. Details.
Come Savour the Season throughout Durham Region, September 9 to 18
Savour the Season is a 10-day local-licious culinary event that takes place at various restaurants throughout Durham Region from Friday September 9 to Sunday the 18th. In celebration of our local harvest, 29 of Durham’s finest restaurants, many of whom have partnered with our local growers and producers, will bring you exclusive prix fixe menus featuring watering dishes to savour the season! Details.
Toronto Vegetable Garden Tour, September 11
The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto’s first Urban Vegetable Garden Tour will take place in High Park Parkdale, a self-guided garden tour of 15 eclectic urban vegetable gardens and a free talk by noted author and urban farmer Lorraine Johnson at 2:00 at the High Park Baptist Church at Roncesvalles and Hewitt, plus mini-presentations by gardeners. Gardens range from community gardens, allotments, a rooftop container garden over a three-car garage, compact backyard container gardens, educational kids’ gardens, and a hockey rink that converts to a veg garden in the summer. Tickets available at Mabel’s, Another Story Bookshop, The Flower Room, Sweet Pea’s, $10 (cash only), $5 for students and seniors. Details.
SPIN Farming Workshop, Hillsburgh, September 11
A one-day intensive workshop on SPIN (small plot intensive) farming. SPIN-Farming is a non-technical, easy-to-learn and inexpensive-to-implement vegetable farming system that makes it possible to earn significant income from land bases under an acre in size. SPIN is being practiced by first generation farmers because it removes the two big barriers to entry – land and capital – as well as by established farmers who want to diversify or downsize, as well as by part-time hobby farmers. Details.
How to Host an Eat-In, Toronto, September 13
Brooke Ziebell and Meredith Hayes from Foodshare’s Field to Table Schools will get you excited about local food with engaging hints, tips and activities for educators, parents, students, school community members and anyone interested in celebrating Ontario produce.
Foodshare invites you to join them for their Eat-In Ontario fall harvest celebration happening on Friday, September 30th as part of their Recipe for Change initiative – getting food education back into the Ontario curriculum. Brooke and Meredith will show you how you can participate in this fun event with not only your school, but with your colleagues, friends and family too! So join FoodShare to learn, share and celebrate Ontario produce and food education! Details.
The Living City Farm Feast 2011, Vaughan, September 25
Enjoy delicious cuisine prepared on-site perfectly complemented by local wine makers and breweries. Get to know the farmers working the land and discover the different farming methods as they nurture seeds into bountiful tables of harvest, take a nature hike long the trails and learn about the innovative technologies demonstrated on site. Details.
Carrot Fest, Hillsburgh, September 25
Come on out to the farm for Everdale’s 5th annual fall harvest celebration. Enjoy live music from The Funky Mamas, a local marketplace of food and artisans, and harvest games. Visitors can also tour the farm and Home Alive, Everdale’s straw bale house. Back this year is the Culinary Carrot Contest; show off your skills by entering a favourite carrot dish. Or you can check out a workshop, place a bid on a silent auction item, and visit the farm animals with your family. Details.
2011-2012 Evergreen Brick Works Chefs Series Lineup Announced, Toronto, starts October 11
New 2011-2012 workshop lineup announced!! Get intimate with Toronto’s hottest chefs. In these demonstration-style cooking classes, you’ll learn about cooking local food, learn tips and techniques while enjoying a delicious dinner and wine from Stratus Vineyards. Details.
Canadian Food Summit 2012, Toronto, February 7 & 8
Few issues matter more to people than the quality and availability of food. Food prices are rising in Canada and globally, and the efficiency and effectiveness of the food supply chain directly impacts our quality of life. Website. Agenda.
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.
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.
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.
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 a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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