Farmers, producers and chefs are getting ready to meet in Wellington County next month to learn more about how to successfully get more local crops on local plates.
The event, titled Source It Here, is a day featuring guest speakers, networking opportunities, and an ?Ask the Expert? session and a trade show that will feature local businesses and organizations, their food products and services.
?There is an abundance of farm fresh, local food that is grown and prepared throughout Wellington County and Waterloo Region?, says Christina Mann, Coordinator for Taste Real – a local food initiative of the County of Wellington that aims to bring all sectors of the food industry together to increase local purchasing options and help make our region a prime food tourism destination in Ontario. ?The key is making connections with the right people who have the knowledge and expertise in getting food to local tables?.
The event features a keynote address by one of our favorite Ontario ranchers: Bryan Gilvesy of Y U Ranch in Norfolk County. He’ll be speaking to the importance of process in today�s evolving local food economy and how he grew his farm into a successful business by partnering with chefs and restaurants.
?At Y U Ranch, we�ve shortened our value chains through brand management and innovation?, says Gilvesy. ?Hopefully this talk will inspire local producers to move up the value chain and look at their farms as businesses with compelling value propositions?.
Additional speakers, including Chef Ryan O�Donnell of Feast ON Certified Prune Restaurant and Stratford Chefs School. He’ll be going in depth on how to procure local foods from farms. Chef Gordon Cooledge from the University of Guelph will also talk about how to preserve and increase the value of local food through processing.
This event is open to all businesses, organizations and individuals who are interested in making connections to local food in our region. Detailed information including online registration is available at tastereal.ca.
Source It Here will take place Monday, February 9 at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.