Food Ambassador Program Coordinator
The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, with support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, is creating a local food ambassador program to help recognize local restaurant industry leaders. Through publicity materials, social media and the OCTA website, the program will recognize ambassadors – local restaurants and their chefs – who are committed to sourcing local food and promoting the farmers they work with. Culinary Tourism Alliance post.
Province in Partnership to Bring More Local Food to Kids
Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the the Danforth Child Care Centre today to highlight the government’s commitment to local food, and to celebrate the launch of the City of Toronto’s new Kid-Approved Local Food Recipe Book. In the recent budget, the government announced $30 million over three years to support projects that help promote local food across Ontario. Northumberland View story.
Showcasing Local Food and Culture
Chatham-Kent’s newest food festival, epiCKure, promises to display what the municipality has to offer from Wallaceburg to Blenheim. epiCKure will take place on September 20, 21 and 22. The Friday night will feature the CK Table dinner, Saturday there’s a market with contributions from local chefs and breweries and farm tours will be available on Sunday. Culture Factory will provide entertainment for the festival, which will be held in Wallaceburg at the former Canada and Dominion Sugar Company. Blackburn News story.
Locavore movement gains momentum in Timmins as people learn to think about what they’re eating.
So strawberries were on sale in Timmins last week, but obviously they’re not local and they’re not “in season”. So what do you do it you like strawberries, but at the same time, you like the idea of supporting local farmers? The answer is, you go without the fresh foreign strawberries and buy a jar of organic strawberry preserves. And when your favourite fruits are “in season” buy Ontario produce and learn more about home canning and jarring. That was part of the discussion this past week when the Tembec conference room at the Timmins Public Library was jammed full of Timmins residents who arrived to learn about the “locavore movement”. Timmins times story.
Schreiner pledges to put Food and Water First
Green Party leader Mike Schreiner is the first leader of a provincial political party to sign the Food and Water First pledge. Schreiner joined local Green Party candidate Paula Conning and Carl Cosack, chair of the North Dufferin Agricultural Taskforce (NDACT), in Mono to put his name on the list of those promising to protect Ontario’s prime farmland and water resources. Schreiner didn’t just sign on the dotted line. He also challenged Premier Kathleen Wynne, Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak and NDP leader Andrea Horwath to put food and water first. Orangeville Banner story.
The Benefits of Buying Local Food!
The concept of buying local is simple: buy food (or any good or service) produced, grown, or raised as close to your home as possible. Not only will your food be fresher and tastier, but you are helping the environment and are supporting businesses within your community and reducing pollution. Hamilton Spectator story.
Local Food Cycle Ride raises about $7,500 for food bank
Over 100 bikers participated in Sunday’s Food Cycle Ride and raised an estimated $7,500 for the Centre Wellington Food Bank. “We increased the total ridership by over 20 per cent from last year to over 100 participants with the number of trail riders more than doubling,” said Harvey Thomson, chair of the Food Cycle Ride committee. Wellington Advertiser story.
Top 10 Foods to Eat in Ontario
The U.S. magazine’s Traveller supplement has posted a list of the Top 10 Ontario foods. The list: Lanark maple syrup, Toronto pasta and jerk chicken, Ottawa beavertails and Shawarma (meat-filled pasta), southern Ontario corn, Kitchener-Waterloo sausage, Half Way Lake blueberries, Eastern Ontario cheddar, and Northern Ontario pickerel. Details.
Good Food Education—2013 Learning Series
Join FoodShare’s Field to Table Schools program for a first hand look at how this dynamic group of educators are getting students of all ages excited about eating healthy fruits and vegetables in classrooms across the city. We have a range of one and two-day workshops to choose from. For educators interested in all aspects of good food education. FoodShare post.
Homegrown Talent & Local Food Friday at Meaford Hall
Cutting Edge Meats (Michael Rule’s own butcher shop in downtown Meaford) presents a delicious dinner of pork, slow-roasted on their very own 18 foot barbeque, complete with salads and baked potatos. Enjoy this great meal on the sunny and relaxing patio at Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre. Rule’s most recent album, Just Me Talking, combines alt-country with a contemporary sound pleasing to the ear. Growing up in Honeywood (near Creemore), Rule has been a country-music buff since he was a kid. Meaford Independent story.
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Natural / Local Food Store & Cafe for Sale
Chicory Common Natural Foods & Café, a cornerstone food retailer in Durham for over a decade, is for sale. Both the building and business are included. Listing.