Indigenous Food, Sustainable Seafood & Our Culinary Identity at Terroir 2017

The schedule for the 11th Annual Terroir Symposium has been released and it looks brilliant. This years’ theme is ‘Our Home & Native Land: Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy’ which means it’s all about Canadian food, big and small.

There are (at least!) 150 reasons to attend this annual hospitality symposium, we’ve distilled them down to our eight biggest reasons to get your ticket now.


Canada�s indigenous peoples are getting some significant stage time to talk about the state of our country’s food culture, then and now. We’re particularly keen to hear Steven Cooper and David Serkoak talk candidly about life in the north.

Breakfast will be re-imagined French Canadian classics created by the infallible Renee Bellefeuilleof the AGO. Think feves au lards (baked beans made with pork fat back and maple syrup), classic tourtiere and of course, breakfast poutine!

We love the resurgence of heritage grains in Ontario right now, and it’s no surprise it’s a subject being tackled at Terroir this year. Our friends Dawn Woodward of Evelyn’s Crackers and Henry Willis of Humble Bread join Chris Wooding of Ironwood Organics and Trine Hahnemann of the Rye Bread Project for a panel to discuss the future of the (re)emerging industry.

Two words: Wine Program. This year has some really interesting player leading the discussion and they’re even hosting a panel on orange wines in Ontario. We’re also pumped to see a slew of female winemakers on the bill!

Our President, Rebecca Mackenzie, is hosting a conversation on what makes an exceptional food tourism experience with some of our province’s most beloved globetrotters. Prepare for a serious case of #Wanderlust.

Would you eat seal? Terroir is our chance to find out. Eric Patemen hosts a conversation with seal hunters in the afternoon, but you’ll also get a chance to try Canada’s most controversial meat.

When last year, a group of women came together at The Depanneur to cook and serve the food of Syria to the people of Toronto, the city quickly fell in love. The Newcomer Kitchen pop-up is your chance to experience some of this amazing food and the fearless people making it.

We’re pretty jazzed to hear Bashir Munye of the Nomadic Supper Club and Suresh Doss of Foodism, Toronto discuss the new Canadian food identity with Ann Hui, the writer who wrote this awesome piece of small town Chinese food joints and Chris Aerni or the Rossmount Inn.


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