Everyone who loves good food is celebrating Local Food Week as we speak. From farmstands to urban centres — the whole province is celebrating.
No one more so than the newest round of Local Food Fund recipients! Ontario is investing $5.2 million through the Local Food Fund to bring more local food and beverages to tables across the province.
Yesterday, Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, celebrated Local Food Week at Longo’s where he announced the new Local Food Fund projects.
There are a total of twelve other innovative local food projects receiving support through the province’s Local Food Fund. The fund is part of the Ontario government’s broader local food strategy and is aimed at increasing consumer awareness of and access to local food and beverages produced, grown and harvested in the province.
Supporting local food is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic and innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
Lofty goals — but considering Ontario�s agri-food sector contributes $34.8 billion to the GDP and supports 780,000 jobs, it’s well worth it.
We’ll be celebrating tomorrow at Yonge & Dundas Square. What�s on the menu?
- Southbrook Very Berry Iced Tea, one-of-a-kind custom blended tea with grape skins from Southbrook Vineyards, presented by Hawthorne Food and Drink in collaboration with Pluck Teas
- Seasonal Vegetable Pakora, mixed vegetable fritters in a chickpea flour batter, served with a Tamarind and Date based chutney, presented by Bindia Indian Bistro
- Castor River oatmeal pastry tart with St. Albert Cheese curd, Smart Greens pesto & Hibbard rhubarb chutney, presented by Beau�s All Natural Brewery
- Cream Ale and Whitecap Wheat Ale by Boshkung Brewing
- Waupoos Cider and Peach Cider from County Cider Company
- The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery Pinot Gris and Gamay
Proceeds go to Community Food Centres Canada, our charity of choice for 2015. Come have a drink, grab a bite and celebrate Ontario’s food champions with Feast ON!