We’re really excited for the Terroir Symposium this year. Not just because the annual gathering of hospitality elite is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary; or that they’ve moved to the Art Gallery of Ontario and integrated large scale art installations with thoughtful discussions on food. Not even because they’ve promised us breakfast ramen.
No, we’re most excited because this year there’s an even stronger focus on the culture of sustainable food procurement. From Ontario, you’ve got champions like Chef Jamie Kennedy; Langdon Hall’s Executive Chef Jason Bangerter; Artist and farmer Antony John; Charles Grieco, the founder of the Ontario Hostelry Institute; Paul Sawtell and Grace Mandarano of Feast On Preferred Purveyor 100 KM Foods; Christine Flynn of iQ Food Co. — just to name a few. What do all these passionate food folks have in common? They all believe in bettering Ontario’s food system and building our food culture.
There’s also an Ocean Wise panel on the evolution of technology in the fishing industry to help move towards a more sustainable industry Pablo Alvare and Robert Hanner of Aquagreen Aquaponics.
That’s really just the tip of the iceberg. There’s over a hundred presenters between the various workshops and panels.
From afar, you’ll hear from folks like Prof. Michael Mazourek whose vegetable breeding program is focused on developing new cultivars of pea, squash, melon, cucumber, bean and pepper crop for organic farming systems — and Dr. Calvin Lamborn, who no joke, invented the snap pea.
Of course, there are also chefs from all manner of restaurants, wine makers from far off places and even folks who make their own bitters. There are designers, filmmakers, artists and even the guy who got Helena Bonham Carter to pose naked with a giant fish. For those curious, that’s Nicholas RA�hl, founder of FishLove, a brilliant campaign created to raise awareness of the unsustainable fishing practices that are destroying the the earth’s marine ecosystem.
What we’re trying to say, nay tell you, is that this year, it’s all going to be epic. We’ll be there sharing the Feast On message — and maybe even giving away from sweet swag. We hope you’ll join us!
The Terroir Symposium is happening April 25th at The Gallery of Ontario. Tickets available via Universe at terroirsymposium.com.