Locavore News — Events


New Announcements

farmalicious at the Delta, Guelph, September 9 to 11

This weekend! taste •  real Field Dinner 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! Fifty West at Delta Guelph • 50 Stone Road West, Guelph • 519-780-3727.

Global Roots Harvest Party, Toronto, September 10

On Saturday, September 10, celebrate world crops with The Stop, CultureLink Settlement Services, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and the Greenbelt Foundation. There’ll be food samples prepared by our Global Roots gardeners using produce grown at Vineland, as well as guided tours of our eight Global Roots garden plots and a performance by participants in CultureLink’s theatre program. Website.

Taste the Landscape, Alton, September 17

A local food workshop for rural landowners from 9-3 pm at the Millcroft Inn in Alton, Ontario. This workshop will feature presentations from local practitioners and experts.  Morning activities include a guided hike to learn about delicious wild plants and a seminar on innovative approaches to small fruit gardening.  In the afternoon speakers will focus on starting a successful small farm business, with insights on training programs for new farmers and managing your farm’s environmental impact. Participants can register for the full ($25) or half-day ($20), and a local food lunch is included in the cost of the workshop. Details.

Harvest Festival at farm focuses on local food and fun, Cowichan, September 18

“Share the Harvest: A family celebration of local food and fun,” part of the 7th Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival, is a family friendly event that will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 11 am to 5 pm, at Providence Farm. Canada.com story.

Second Annual Harvest Festival, Toronto, September 22

Orchard tours, free fruit and snacks, fun children’s activities, and the chance to win great prizes its all part of the second annual Harvest Festival in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard. This fun-filled outdoor event takes place on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the park on Eglinton Ave. W., across from Eglinton West subway station. Website.

A Taste Of Norfolk, September 24 to October 3

Favourite restaurants serve up local Norfolk County Food! Various locations across Norfolk County. Local chefs at some of your favourite restaurants serve up local Norfolk County foods for this special 10 day culinary event. Participating restaurants are located throughout Norfolk County and will be offering a select menu to choose from. Details.

A Slow Taste of Town & Country, London, September 25

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. Details.

The Local Food Evolution, Caledon, September 29

Join Credit Valley Conservation, Green T and keynote speaker, Wayne Roberts for an evening of engaging discussion on how communities and municipalities can take the “next step” towards a sustainable food community. A panel of local food experts representing the community, farmers, science and local government will discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable food production in Caledon and surrounding areas. 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the SGI Centre for Culture and Education, Caledon. Details.

Back To School Webinar on Educational Food Programs for Youth, September 29.

The Stop Community Food Centre operates a number of food programs that target children and youth. What started out with garden-based education programs for local elementary schools grew, with the opening of The Stop’s Green Barn, to include cooking, nutrition and social justice content. Today, these programs include after-school programs for low-income children, offering hands-on cooking and gardening opportunities and accessible ways to engage with social justice and sustainable food systems issues; a series of sustainable food systems workshops for Grade 5 and Grade 3 classes that meet curriculum objectives and introduce key issues relating to food and poverty; and Food Leadership for Youth, a weekly program for high school girls aimed at developing healthy food skills, behaviours and knowledge. Webinar.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Symposium 2011, Sault Ste. Marie, November 4

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and NORDIK Institute are hosting an Agriculture and Agri-Food Symposium on November 4th and 5th at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie. The symposium aims to create opportunities for collaboration between farmers in Northern Ontario and researchers in the agricultural sector. The symposium will feature applicable workshops for local farmers and researchers alike; some include Sustaining Soil and Crop Productivity, Specialty Foods and Value-Added Products, and Healthy Food for Sustainable Communities. Details.


Announcements Repeated

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 brooke@foodshare.net. 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. Each year the attendees of the Stinner Summit participate in selecting a project for the coming year that is in keeping with Ben’s vision and supported by the Ben Stinner Endowment for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities. 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.

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.

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.

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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