Local food producers and processors from across Eastern Ontario will be in the Quinte region next week to attend the sixth annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference.
The idea is to give local food producers and processors a stronger network and a more targeted technical support.
Quinte West tourism coordinator Jennifer Rushlow.
This year’s conference explores the impact of climate change on the local food system and the challenges it creates.
The day before the one-day conference there will be a local food tour.
About 200 people are expected to attend the conference at the Maranatha Church in Belleville.
The November 22nd tour will visit Sprague Foods, Barn Owl Malt/Wild Card Brewing Co., Enright Cattle Company, Potter’s Settlement Winery and Donnandale Farms. Following the tour, conference attendees are invited to Town Place Suites for the Local Food Extravaganza tasting event. This evening event will showcase local foods and beverages from culinary regions across Eastern Ontario.
The conference full agenda has been released and registration is open for the sixth annual conference hosted by the Cities of Belleville and Quinte West, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
On November 23rd the conference program kicks off at Maranatha Church with keynote speaker Sarah Elton, a Toronto-based journalist and best-selling author. Sarah’s keynote will address the increased recognition and importance of building resilience into our local food systems.