Feast ON Does Local Food Week

Last week was Ontario’s inaugural Local Food Week, celebrating all things local and edible in our province.  Ontario�s 37,000 farm families are proud of the quality and variety of the food they produce — and so are we!

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That’s why, with the help of some stellar Feast ON Restaurants, we hit the streets last week to share Ontario’s taste of place.  The icing on the cake?  We also had the chance to raise some funds for some seriously cool organizations in the process.

On June 6th, alongside Harper’s Burger Bar from Kingston, the Ontario Craft Brewers and the holy trinity of buttertarts: The Buttertart Trail, Tartistry and The Kawarthas-Northumberland Buttertart Tour, we took over Yonge & Dundas Square (okay, a part of it!) for Ontario Tourism Day.

Left: Chef Craig working some BBQ magic on the Big Green Egg. Right: The Signature LalaLand Slider on offer all day at Yonge & Dundas Square

Left: Chef Craig working some BBQ magic on the Big Green Egg. Right: The Signature LalaLand Slider on offer all day at Yonge & Dundas Square

In the shadow of the urban zipline (yes, you heard me — urban zip line) we set up our Big Green Egg and started grilling!  Chef Craig served up Harper’s signature ‘Lalaland’ sliders made with Enright Cattle Co. beef, Ontario chevre and roasted Ontario peppers, while the Trinity served up tasting trays of their signature buttertarts.

Meet the sticky, sweet trinity: April Marshall of the Buttertat Trail, Michelle of Tartistry in Toronto, and Jeff from The Kawarthas-Northumberland Buttertart Tour

Meet the sticky, sweet trinity: April Marshall of the Buttertat Trail, Michelle of Tartistry in Toronto, and Jeff from The Kawarthas-Northumberland Buttertart Tour

The whole endeavor was a massive success and collectively, we raised $2485 for FoodShare Toronto!

Bright and early the next morning, we made our way to the Evergreen Brick Works to spread some more local food love.  Three of our newest Feast ON restaurants — including The Masonry in Perth, Ciboulette et Cie in Midland and Mercer Hall in Stratford, supported Ontario growers and producers by making 100% locally sourced eats at the famous farmers market!

Feast ON: The Masonry.  Lake Erie Bass smoked on The Egg with charred scallion pesto and local greens

Feast ON: The Masonry with Lake Erie Bass brined in Lanark County maple then smoked on The Egg with charred scallion pesto and local greens

The chefs sourced product from market vendors and paired it with tastes of place from their regions — including famous Perth County pork belly, Lanark County maple syrup and Simcoe County vegetables.   We raised over $600 in support of local food programs at Evergreen Canada.

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Chef Tim Larsen from Mercer Hall braised this Perth County pork belly for 18 hours before it hit the grill!

Meet Feast ON Chef Andre Sanche of Ciboulette et Cie in Midland -- officially spooned June 7th!

Meet Feast ON Chef Andre Sanche of Ciboulette et Cie in Midland — officially spooned June 7th!

 

Look out for more Feast ON experiences this summer — or plan your own!  

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About Local Food Week

The Local Food Act  – the first of its kind in Canada – has proclaimed that Local Food Week that will take place annually, beginning the first Monday in June.  The act will help build Ontario’s economy, create more jobs and expand the agri-food sector, by making more local food available in markets, schools, cafeterias, grocery stores and restaurants throughout the province.  Find out more: omafra.gov.on.ca

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