Local Food News — Canada


Cows and Fish

The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, more commonly known as ‘Cows and Fish’: strives to foster a better understanding of how improvements in grazing and other management of riparian areas can enhance landscape health and productivity, for the benefit of landowners, agricultural producers, communities and others who use and value riparian areas. Website.

Eat Think Vote campaign focuses on food policy

“Eat Think Vote” is the political slogan adopted by Food Secure Canada, an alliance of organizations working to end hunger and promote accessible, healthy food through sustainable food systems. As of Monday, the group will begin inviting federal candidates across the country to sit down to a community-cooked meal and talk seriously about the need for a better food policy in Canada. Toronto Star story.

‘It’s about time’: The plan to grow fresh produce in Nunavut

A group of Toronto students will spend the summer in Nunavut, building a greenhouse where they hope to grow fresh produce for local people to eat. Food is hard to come by in Canada’s North. The cold climate and short growing season don’t allow most plants to grow, so there are few options for those living so close to the Arctic Circle. Produce has to be transported in by boat or plane, leading to prices most southerners would consider exorbitant. Fresh fruits and vegetables generally cost about four times as much as in the rest of Canada. CTV News story.

7K Panorama Ranch allows guests to eat, drink and be merry

The tagline for the 7K Panorama Ranch, located about 40 minutes outside of Calgary toward Millarville, is “for the joy of gathering.” Mike and Deb Kaumeyer hope to transform their beautiful space in the rolling Foothills into an experiential food hub, welcoming students and other guests looking to cook, share a meal, feed a horse or stick their hands in the dirt. CBC News Calgary story.

You Gotta Eat Here to feature Battista’s Calzones in upcoming television show

Battista’s Calzone Company will be the centre of attention on Alberta Avenue on July 6, when cameras descend to tape an episode of the Food Network Canada show, You Gotta Eat Here. In preparation for the exposure, co-owners Liv Vors and Battista Vecchio have been sprucing up the five-year-old business, which is now complete with a bust of Caesar. The television program merely adds to the excitement around the shop, where Vors and Vecchio have recently expanded to include retail production, with their frozen products now available at the Italian Centre Shops in Edmonton. Edmonton Journal  blog.

The Hellmann’s® Real Food Movement is taking action against food insecurities in Canada

A recent Hellmann’s survey revealed that while 1 in 5 Canadians are living in a food desert only 50% of Canadians have heard the term.  A food desert is defined as an area where affordable, high-quality fresh food is difficult to access. Although the problem impacts Canadians throughout the country, it is more prevalent in the North, where fresh tomatoes can cost up to 7x more than an urban centre. Canada News Wire story.

Vancouver, Edmonton two of biggest players in Canada’s food truck scene

What is Canada’s food truck capital? Well, it’s not Toronto or Montreal, which have both between a little slow to embrace the street food trend. If you look at it strictly from a per-capita basis, Charlottetown, PEI – with its seven food trucks – leads the country. But it’s in the west that the food truck scene is truly booming. In 2015, Vancouver issued more licenses for street food than any other Canadian city. Global News story.

Farm land inside Winnipeg dwindling, committee votes for review

Currently, 29 per cent of Winnipeg’s land is zoned agricultural, but the amount of farm land is rapidly dwindling as many properties are converted to urban uses. The committee voted in favour Tuesday to authorize city staff to look more closely at food security issues, establish a Winnipeg Food Policy Council and take a hard look at land use that, according to the report, “could be reserved for agricultural and compatible uses considering existing development constraints.” CBC News Manitoba story.

ALR land can be used to establish breweries, according to new rules

New government regulations will make it easier for farmers to add or enlarge processing facilities on agricultural land and to establish breweries, distilleries and meaderies under terms similar to wineries. Changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act will allow farmers to process, cook, freeze and pack their crops on land in the Agricultural Land Reserve provided that at least 50 per cent of the farm products are grown on the farm or are supplied by a co-operative of farmers. Vancouver Sun story.


Vancouver’s Foodie Culture Thriving-But….

Almost three quarters of Vancouverites say they eat out or get take out at least once a week or more often. That is just one of the findings of a comprehensive Ipsos survey released today by Yellow Pages (TSX:Y), a leading digital media and marketing solutions company in Canada, to mark the Vancouver launch of YP Dine, a new mobile app dedicated to the restaurant and dining sector. Designed with “foodies” in mind, the YP Dine app helps Canadians make dining choices based primarily on mood and/or activity. Things such as “happy hour”, “weekend brunch”, “lunch with coworkers”, “late night eats” or “quick dinner fixes” to name a few. Stockhouse story.


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