The Lakefield Village Merchants
Present the 11th Annual Polar Fest Ice Sculpting Competition
Greetings from the Kawarthas!
The Lakefield Village Merchants are currently planning the
11th Annual Polar Fest Ice Sculpting Competition
Saturday, January 31st, 2015
As we are celebrating our 11th year of this fabulous event we have decided to go with the Disney Movie Frozen as our family oriented theme
Two Exciting Farm Innovation Contests
Calling All On-Farm MacGyvers!
have a couple of great contests open now for all you creative on-farm problem solvers.
So dust off your handiest farm invention and consider entering either (or both) of the contests below for your chance to win!
Farm & Food Care Farm Invention Challenge
$9,000 in Cash Prizes
Tinkering, mending, dabbling, modifying, revolutionizing
whatever it is that you do in your workshop, barn or out in the field,
now is your chance for your MacGyver side to shine and win some cash.
Farm & Food Care is launching the Ontario-wide Farm Invention Challenge
with $9,000 in cash prizes available for winning entries in the categories of animal care and water efficiency and quality.
Farm & Food Care will profile winning entries as part of our commitment
to doing the right thing in animal care and the environment. The Farm Invention Challenge
will help share creative ideas and methods that farmers are using on their farms every day.
All entries must be submitted to Farm and Food Care by January 2, 2015.
For full contest details, please visit the Farm and Food Care website
3rd Annual Kawartha Farm Stewardship Workshop
When: Saturday February 7, 2015 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Brought to you by the partners in the
this full day workshop will feature presentations by farmers and stewardship professionals on topics including:
- Innovative tile and land drainage solutions that include wetlands
- Interesting alternative watering solutions for livestock
- Greg Stewart from OMAFRA will explain where and when
- neonicotinoid pesticides are economically valuable and realistic options for reducing neonicotinoid use
- Further details available soon!
Early bird deadline: Register by January 19 to receive a complimentary satellite map of your farm property (1 per registration).
OFT Annual Farmland Forum
When: Friday March 27, 2015
The Ontario Farmland Trust’s Annual Farmland Forum will be held in the Peterborough area for the first time in the spring of 2015.
OFT’s mission is “to protect and preserve Ontario’s farmlands and associated agricultural, natural and cultural features of the countryside
through direct land securement, stewardship, policy research and education for the benefit of Ontarian s today and in future generations.”
Past forums have explored issues of farm economics and rural resilience, balancing agricultural and resource demands, and other similar topics.
Next year’s event promises to be just as engaging.
Farmers, land use planners and others are invited to discuss topical issues related to the protection of Ontario’s farmland.
For more information, visit: www.ontariofarmlandtrust.ca.
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario,
to launch the first annual EFAO conference!
As supporting partners, we here at FAW have been hard at work
developing informative, intermediate-level sessions for the
Livestock Stream of workshops, featuring such topics as:
With over 30 intermediate- and advanced-level workshops in streams ranging from
Business & Marketing, Diversified Grain, Soil, Stewardship & Energy, Vegetables, and Seed Production,
the vision for this year’s conference aligns with EFAO’s core mandate:
“to support and promote a vibrant community of ecological farmers through education, training and knowledge sharing.”
Also featured will be Keynote speaker, Abe Collins,
a Vermont-based grazier and educator, who will offer his insights into
grazing management, topsoil creation, environmental monitoring and modelling technologies.
There will also be plenty of great food and entertainment available throughout the conference as well.
We expect over 250 ecological growers from across the province to attend
, and are lucky enough to be hosting dozens of knoweldgeable speakers from across North America.
So join us for what promises to be the ecological farming event of the year!
For more information, visit the conference website: www.conference.efao.ca
Travel with The White House Chefs to Italy
Cooking classes, cheese making, painting, wineries and more!
Three Italian-Americans introduce an unbeatable combination
Travel to Naples and the Amalfi Coast designed by three Italian-Americans with Italian roots!
Join The Presidential Culinary Museum ™
and Presidential Service Center a DBA of The Inn of the Patriots,
LLC and discover Italy and real Italian food without the fake items mass marketed to the public today.
Experience the truth of mouth-watering cuisine, homemade pizza doughs,
making our own Limoncello in a class (with the world known lemons of this region), exacting regional cheeses,
local San Marzano (the most well-known and written about tomato of the area) tomatoes and cry with a glass of vino or Prosecco because it is so good.
This will be en emotional, social journey of a lifetime.
Filming of the newest TV series featuring the White House Chefs and Iron Chef America Judge and Italian Culinary Expert, Mario Rizzotti,
will encompass any guest that would like to appear on the show.
At night, LUXURIATE in a world class villa perched over the cliffs of the Mediterranean sea near Naples owned by Mario and his cousin Nello Oliviero.
The owners welcome you to enjoy each room overlooking the sea – every single room does!
Lets make buffaletta mozzarella by hand,
homemade pizzas, paint at night with a glass of wine and send home your masterpiece as well as visit the wineries and toast together…
Enjoy Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, Sorrento – the land of sirens which enchanted Homer, Naples (Napoli) or the Isle of Capri by hydrofoil to mention just a few.
- May 6 – 19, 2015 – $5,400.00 pp
- May 14 – 21 or October 15 -22, 2016 – $5,900.00 pp
Always a perfect balance of personal time, cooking & farm classes.
Please let us know about renewing your wedding vows in a group ceremony!
As featured on Edible Destinations by Epitourian.
Private groups throughout the year also welcomed.
The Ontario Foodservice Designation Program began this year ready to bring a selection of great opportunities to the table.
First, the opportunity to consult with stakeholders from across Ontario on what a designation system
for restaurants could both look like and accomplish–and not to mention,
the opportunity to determine how best to combine authenticity protection with education and awareness, and promotion and marketing.
But ultimately, it’s the opportunity to work towards developing a program with the following objectives that really makes this exciting:
- Create and support Ontario’s culinary identity
- Increase the ease of buying and dining on Ontario food and beverages
- Celebrate champions in the foodservice industry sourcing Ontario products
- Bring further awareness to Ontario’s strong agricultural sectors, and
- Compliment and support the Foodland Ontario program
With the setting complete, we have carefully selected and prepared
the meat and potatoes of the program to ensure that you get to enjoy with confidence Ontario’s great restaurants and unique tastes of place.
How does this work? Restaurants of all shapes and sizes–think everything from food trucks to fine-dining–who are
PROCURING Ontario food and drink, and
PARTNERING and PARTICIPATING in complementary programming and activities,
can apply to become “Certified Tastes of Ontario.”
All they need to do is show that they are committed to the program manifesto:
- To procure Ontario food and beverage whenever possible;
- To track and trace Ontario food and beverage purchases as close to the point of origin as possible;
- To identify the provenance of Ontario food and beverages on the menu;
- To develop Ontario’s culinary identity by celebrating regional tastes and championing local, seasonal ingredients; and
- To educate the public about Ontario food and beverage and to bring further awareness to its strong agricultural sectors
With the criteria set, we needed a name. What is a program without a name?
How best do we celebrate champions of Ontario food and drink? Well, at the Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit on 13 November, Feast ON was officially introduced.
Since then, the Feast ON team has been working hard to make sure that everything is ready to go live for applications on 1 January 2014.
Some of the things we’ve been up to include:
- Promoting the program at the 2013 Ontario Tourism Association Summit in Toronto, hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, 13-14 November
- Partnering with the Greenbelt Fund and industry to host a panel session entitled “Taking Stock:
- Developing Your Recipe for Ontario Food Culture in Foodservice,” at Sustain Ontario’s Bring Food Home conference in Windsor, 17-19 November
- Presenting Feast ON at the Hills of Headwaters Partners in Tourism Summit in Caledon, 25 November
- Introducing everyone at the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference in Kingston to Feast ON, 3 December
- Presenting Feast ON to the Muskoka & District Chefs Association and the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association (Simcoe County), at Georgian College in Barrie, 9 December
- Posting an opportunity for individuals and organizations across the province to become Feast ON Community Connectors, 21 November
- Continuing to work with great partners, such as Foodland Ontario, Ontariofresh.ca, Ocean Wise, and Wine Country Ontario
So in the spirit of Feast ON–as you celebrate this season–think about how you can include Ontario food and beverages on your holiday menus
Every Saturday Year Round
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Located in the Morrow Building
George & Lansdowne Street, Peterborough