Monday, May 2, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers... and Food!

May is upon us, and everywhere I looked today I saw Daffodils, Forsythias, and Magnolias in bloom. All of that rain in April is paying off. Now it's time for spring veggies! While we wait for the edibles (and if you're reading this on Monday night, election results), let's check out two great foodie events.

This week Food Forward is hosting its monthly networking and social event around the good food movement: Foodie Drinks. As usual, the guests will include one business and one non-profit working to better the food system. This month, we will be hearing from Ayal Dinner, coordinator of the Sorauren Farmers' Market, which is run by the West End Food Co-op. Also speaking will be Erica Lemieux, founder of City Seed Farms, a backyard farming business that has started growing veggies in the High Park neighbourhood and sells this produce at the Sorauren Market! Read up on Ayal and Erica in this recent newspaper article.

Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Time: 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Location: Stella - 1261 Bloor St W at Lansdowne. This cafe/bar will have light snacks from neighbourhood stores for purchase along with Steamwhistle on tap and other local brews by the bottle.

Cover: This month we're asking for a $5 donation cover; we also have memberships available for $10. As always, snazzy Food Forward buttons will be available.

For more information, visit Food Forward's website, and you can RSVP on the Facebook event page.


Not to be missed next Monday is the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council's community meeting. This month's theme is farmland preservation. Did you know that the cities and towns of Southern Ontario have been developed on top of some of Canada's best soil? That's right, we're losing Class 1 Farmland that can grow anything the climate will allow, and more of it is disappearing every year. The meeting will include a panel discussion featuring youth experts on agricultural zoning policies, the Markham Food Belt, and creating careers in sustainable agriculture. Stick around for brainstorming opportunities, the outcomes of which will help the TYFPC develop its position to be presented to the Toronto Food Policy Council in June.

Date: Monday, May 9th, 2011

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: Metro Hall, Room 308 - 55 John Street.

For more information, visit the TYFPC website, and you can RSVP on the Facebook event page.


You know what's funny about elections? I have no issue going to bed early and hearing/reading about the results in the morning. I'm also not one to tent out in front of a store to be the first to get my hands on a new tech gadget... if you couldn't already guess that about me! Both the election results and the piece of electronics will be there in the morning!

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  1. Sure, the election results are/were more than a little depressing... but Canada has survived worse (in theory, at least), and we'll probably weather this too. Just like Mayor Ford in Toronto.

    I think it's partially backlash against the Americans... "Oh, so they elected an intelligent, progressive, charismatic president!? Well, we'll show THEM who can be different in every way!"

    Anyway, the food events sound awesome!

  2. Events like these make me feel inspired to work from the ground up, especially when waiting for things to change from the top down is futile!!!

  3. I had ambitions of watching the election coverage to the bitter end, but near the end of it I just went to bed, defeated and deflated.

    But today is a new day, and hope must prevail. Working from the ground up is gonna be the way to go, that is for sure!

    Maybe Elizabeth May will get them thinkin'!

  4. Hear, hear!

    I remember when Rob Ford was elected mayor of Toronto last year. I didn't want to get out of bed the next day. But then I did, because nothing is accomplished when you let yourself be defeated like that. I'm glad you're still feeling hopeful!