Local Food News — Ontario

Over 150 Municipal Candidates Declare Support For Food And Farming

Across Ontario, over 150 candidates for municipal councils and school boards are taking part in the Vote ON Food & Farming municipal elections campaign. As part of the campaign, council candidates have responded to surveys crafted by local food champion groups that take a solutions-based approach to issues such as regional economic resilience, farmland preservation, community food access and food literacy. Ontario is full of innovative programs and policies that address these issues, but many need council support to have a deeper impact. Vote On Food post. Candidate responses.

Ontario Farmland Trust 10th Anniversary Celebration

Enjoy local food, a silent auction, music by Norman Liota, the opportunity to connect with friends of farmland from across the province, and entertainment by humorist and award-winning playwright Dan Needles on: “Land, Community and Lost Sheep.” November 20, 2014, 6:00-10:00 pm. Country Heritage Park (Gambrel Barn), 8560 Tremaine Road, Milton, Ontario. Details.

Celebration of Norfolk’s food

What started eight years ago as a photocopied set of pages stapled together, and released every October, is now a classy-looking 128-page collection of recipes from local restaurants and eateries. Each meal or snack is made with local produce and matched with drink from one of our wineries or microbreweries. Apple cheddar scones using Jensen Cheese are served with the Smoke & Gamble cab/merlot reserve from Dover Vineyards. Or how about lavender-flavoured ice cream or maple syrup and nut cheesecake served with a white wine from the Villa Nova Winery? Simcoe Reformer story.

What’s brewing in craft beer? A lot!

October is synonymous with falling leaves, Halloween and – in some corners of the world – beer. But in Windsor, a particular kind of beer has been the talk of the town for months now – craft beer and talk of new craft breweries opening has been swirling. There’s also growing excitement for the second annual Windsor Craft Beer Festival and the first LaSalle Craft Beer Festival. (Just how excited are local beer lovers? The Saturday VIP tickets for the Windsor festival sold out back when it was still warm outside.) Windsor Star blog.

Wellington, Essex Candidates Quizzed On Food Sustainability

Municipal election candidates in Wellington and Essex County are among those who’ve taken part in a Food & Farming survey. The survey asked the candidates about issues like zoning for on-farm processing and value added products and reducing red tape for farm and food enterprises. Organisers say more than 150 municipal candidates responded to the campaigns. Blackburn News story.

Sault & Area To Engage Community To Improve The Local Food System

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) today announced the upcoming Sault & Area Food Summit, to take place on November 21st and 22nd, 2014 in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. The goal of the summit is to gather community members in an interactive discussion about the region’s local food system. The Sault & Area Food Summit will kick-off on the evening of Friday, November 21st, with a Harvest Dinner, a locally-sourced meal catered by The Grand Gardens with ingredients from Algoma farms. All proceeds go to the Good Food Box, a service provided by the Soup Kitchen Community Centre that provides a variety of fresh produce to local families at low cost. Wawa News story.

Province launches tax credit for farmers and food banks

Monday September 29th 2014, the Honorable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, alongside the Honorable Ted McMeekin and MPP Bob Bailey announced the launch of the new Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers. This tax credit is the first and only one of its kind in Canada, making this a historic week for farmers, food banks, and the provincial government. Farmers in Ontario are now eligible to claim a 25 per cent tax credit for all agricultural product that they donate to the province’s community food banks. “Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy local food, and we applaud the Ontario government for introducing a tax credit that will encourage more farmers to make that food available to families and individuals who need it most,” says Bill Laidlaw, Executive Director at the Ontario Association of Food Banks. The Morrisburg Leader story.

More Fresh Local Food For Northern Ontario

A new project from Eat Local Sudbury will move forward with the next step to providing more local food to those in northern Ontario. With support from the Greenbelt Fund and funding from the Ontario government, Eat Local Sudbury will create a business plan expanding their local food hub to include LaCloche-Manitoulin, North Bay, Temiskaming, Muskoka, and parts of Algoma. A local food hub helps with the collection, storage, processing, and distribution of local food, making them more available to the people of Sudbury and the surrounding areas. This project builds on a study already completed by Eat Local Sudbury that examined the feasibility of covering these additional regions. Ontariofresh.ca post.

Agriculture Support Boosts Thunder Bay Economy

“The agricultural community is a large employer and a significant part of the economy of my riding of Thunder Bay-Atikokan.  Local food and food security are becoming increasingly important to people.  This investment is consistent with the Local Food Act introduced by our government last year, and is another example of our recognition of the importance of family farming and local agricultural production,”stated Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. With $403,000 support of the agriculture sector from the province’s NOHFC, Walter and Joanne Schep of Thunder Oak Cheese Farm are able to relocate and expand their cheese manufacturing facility in Neebing, Ontario.  The funds will be used to build a new 6,000 square foot plant with upgrades to the cheese manufacturing equipment.  The plans include an on-site retail operation. Net Newsledger story.

Looking for the tastiest dishes that Ontario has to offer

Ted Reader, also known as “Godfather of the Grill” will be hosting the Royal Chef Challenge in several parts of Ontario. The competition will travel through several fairs, with each fair producing a winner for the final event. The finale will be held November16, 2016 to determine which city representative crafted a dish fit for royalty. Farms.com story.

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal

One Saturday afternoon last month, six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn got a head start on the fine-dining life when they visited the acclaimed French restaurant Daniel. There, five waiters presented them with a seven-course tasting menu (after the trio of canapés and an amuse-bouche, naturellement). The meal was overseen by the star chef and eponym himself, Daniel Boulud, whose goal was, he says, “for the children to really discover a lot of flavor, a lot of layers, a lot of texture.” New York Times Magazine story. Video.

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