Youth Food Fair
The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council (TYFPC) will be hosting its second annual Youth Food Fair to help "the food leaders of tomorrow meet the food leaders of today". At last year's event, nearly 300 youth and 30 food organizations came together to network the evening away. I'm betting the event will be even bigger this year! Just take a look at some of the participating organizations:
- Food Share Toronto
- Local Food Plus
- Real Food for Real Kids
- Green Thumbs Growing Kids
- Young Urban Farmers and Young Urban Farmers CSA
- Food Forward
- Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Center
- Slow Food Toronto
- Afri-Can Food Basket
- Meal Exchange
- Toronto Food Policy Council
- Sustain Ontario
- Second Harvest
- Not Far From the Tree
I've heard that this year, the structure will be similar to a speed-dating session where youth participants will have a chance to pitch their ideas (and themselves as job candidates!) to the organizations they're interested in. The pessimist in me is expecting chaos while the optimist in me is really excited! The foodie in me is looking forward to the light snacks provided by the Hot Yam!
Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Wilson Lounge, New College, University of Toronto
Registration: none required, just show up!
Right on the heels of the Youth Food Fair, Food Forward will be hosting a mini-conference for those interested in starting a career in the food sector while making a difference in society - hey, that sounds like me! Similar to last year's Pushing Forward event, this session will feature both educational and interactive sessions to help participants discover new opportunities, learn about social entrepreneurship, get advice from business owners, and share strategies for new initiatives. Take a look at the line-up of speakers:
- Harriet Friedmann: leading food policy researcher, Geography Professor, and Fellow of the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto
- Nogah Kornberg, Executive Director of Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada
- Kathleen Mackintosh, Founder and Owner of Culinarium, Toronto's all-local food store
- Noelle Munaretto, Operations Manager of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance and Event Coordinator with Young Urban Farmers CSA
At the last event, I found the networking opportunities to be the most useful, though I learned a lot from the speakers, too. You never know what kinds of conversations you're going to have in a room full of good food movement supporters!
Date: Saturday, April 9th, 2011
Time: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Room 5260, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Cost: $45 for Food Forward members, $50 for non-members, $5 for Food Forward supporting members
Registration: head over to the Get Involved page; e-mail questions to darcy (at) pushfoodforward.com
Wow, April is shaping up to be an exciting month!
Photo credits: carrots; tomatoes.