Local Food News — Ontario

Compensation ‘Should Not Be In ALUS Conversation’

A consultant says it’s time to change the conversation around ALUS to remove the word ‘compensation’. ALUS is the Alternative Land Use Services program. Elbert van Donkersgoed told members of Huron County’s Water Protection Steering Committee that good environmental practices are things farmers produce just like the crops they grow. He argues that while no one has figured out how to pay for those goods and services yet, we should replace the term ‘compensation’ with something that better reflects a payment for goods and services. Van Donkersgoed adds there are some great environmental goods and services associated with productive farm land which are of great value to consumers and other businesses. Blackburn AgriMedia story.

Indoor Local Food Festival Returns This May

How do you get to experience the best restaurants and local eats all in one night? At the Battle of the Hors D’Oeuvres! The 29th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters event is an indoor food and drink festival and organizers say the idea is all about interaction. Participating restaurants and food establishments will battle it out in a competition for their chance to win two award: guests will have a chance to be food critics and vote for their favourites to win the “People’s Choice Award”, while a panel of expert judges will choose the “Critic’s Choice Award” winners. WindsoriteDOTca News story.

Craft brewing booming in Waterloo Region

As the craft beer trend continues its cult like following, Waterloo Region is leading the way in Ontario. “It’s very much in lockstep with the local food movement too. I think people right around the world want to have a real connection with the food that they’re buying, the drinks they’re having,” says Steve Beauchesne with Ontario Craft Brewers. “It really speaks well to the quality of craft beer as well. We’re using traditional ingredients, we’re using traditional brewing methods and we’re making very good beer.” 570 News story.

The Local Dish

The Local Dish is a campaign with a big dream – to encourage people to enjoy more of the fresh and delicious food that’s grown right here in Ontario. With your help, we’re looking to create Toronto’s largest collection of local food recipes, and make it easy to choose local more often at home, on the go, and when dining out. City of Toronto post.

Local Food Event Volunteers Needed

EAT 2 FEED TO is a socially good dining series launched by GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD, a social food enterprise. The idea behind EAT 2 FEED TO is simple: enjoy a world cuisine inspired dinner with fresh, local food in a unique Toronto venue and raise funds to fight hunger in our community. The first venue for EAT 2 FEED TO is the historic Montgomery’s Inn where the GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD team will be serving a 3-course dinner on Friday, May 1st. 100% of the profits from the event will go to FoodShare Toronto to help deliver healthy food and food education to Toronto communities. Please visit the EAT 2 FEED TO webpage to learn more. GoodWork.ca post.

Halton summit tackles food tourism

At the Halton Food Tourism Summit, chefs, farmers and restaurateurs heard about how to take steps to sustainability, the title of the second annual meeting. About 70 people gathered in the Gambrel Barn at Country Heritage Park on March 26 to hear about projects bringing the culinary and farm communities together. The summit aims to put more local food on restaurant tables and foster growth in culinary tourism. Ontario Restaurant News story.

MPP Clark Hosted Information Session on Food Tax Credit on Wednesday

Food banks and community food programs from across Leeds-Grenville joined representatives from local farm organizations on Wednesday, April 8 to learn more about the province’s Community Food Program Donation Tax Credit. The information session was hosted by Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark and featured a presentation by Mara Shaw and Jan Link of Kingston’s Loving Spoonful food program. Eastern Ontario Network post.

Startup launches local food app

Sourcing local food is going high tech. Barrie-based tech startup ei•ei•eat has created a new social-mobile application for the growing market of buyers turning away from imported and processed foods in favour of those produced closer to home. Launching across Canada this spring, and now a staff pick on crowdfunding website Kickstarter, ei•ei•eat brings the people and places in the local food ecosystem together on one fun and engaging application. Its creators are determined to make it easy for consumers and wholesale buyers to find and verify local food from farmers, markets, restaurants, micro-producers and retailers. Simcoe.com story.

Local food costs more for good reason: Halton food summit hears

People need to “get over” how much it costs to buy locally-sourced food and support farmers to ultimately create a sustainable food system. That bold sentiment was among the messages delivered Thursday during the second annual Halton Region Food Tourism Summit, which brings together the local farming and culinary communities to help them put more locally-sourced foods on restaurant tables and support a viable economy. Inside Halton story.

U.S. economist touts Scarborough as ‘best ethnic food suburb’

American economist Tyler Cowen recently posed that question in a blog post after tagging alongside representatives from the University of Toronto Scarborough’s multidisciplinary food studies initiative for a tour of the area’s ethnic offerings last week. “I concluded Scarborough is the best ethnic food suburb I have seen in my life, ever, and by an order of magnitude,” wrote Cowen, author of An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies. Toronto Star story.

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

 

Ontario doesn’t grow enough food to feed itself, but it could: Study

A study from a McMaster University professor says increasing Ontario’s local food supply would create thousands more jobs in the province, including almost seven thousand in Hamilton, while benefiting the environment and making us healthier eaters. The study, Dollars and Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Ontario’s Food System, says that Ontario does not produce enough food to feed itself, but has the potential to do so. Harvest Hastings post. Study.

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