Thank you for participating to the 2016 Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference.

You can find speakers’ presentations here!

Bay of Quinte Bus Tour

When: 11:00 am to 5 pm – November 22, 2016

Where: Towne Place Suites – 400 Bell Blvd, Belleville, ON K8P 5H8

Notice: People participating in the local food bus tour should be at the TownePlace Suite hotel (400 Bell Blvd, Belleville) at 10:30 am. The bus will be leaving at 11:00 am sharp. The bus will return at the hotel around 5:00 pm, just on time for the Local Food Extravaganza!

Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference 2016

When: 8:30 am to 4:45 pm – November 23, 2016

Where: Maranatha Church in Belleville Ontario

Mission: Resilience

Price: $75 + HST + Transaction fee

Our local food systems are being constantly challenged by climate change, shifting trade landscapes, and social trends. At the same time, local food systems help to create resilience. They create environmental resilience by supporting diverse production and attracting more farmers into the field. They create economic resilience through business opportunities all along the value chain. They create social resilience by drawing communities together through food. This year’s conference will explore what we can do today to maintain and enhance the resilience of our local food system through uncertain times ahead, as well as the strong role that local food can play in buffering these challenges.

Register before Nov 5th for preferred hotel rates #EOLFC16.

Local Food Extravaganza

When: 5 pm to 7 pm – November 22, 2016

Where: Towne Place Suites – 400 Bell Blvd, Belleville, ON K8P 5H8

What: Local food and beverage showcase

Price: Included with your registration

The 2016 Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference will feature a showcase of local foods and beverages, representing the various culinary regions across Eastern Ontario, at the (new) Eastern Ontario Local Food Extravaganza.

Enjoy food and beverage from these Eastern Region Participants:

Pasta Tavola Petit Brulé
Harvest Hastings Lacey Estates Winery
Beef Farmers of Ontario Empire Cider
County of Haliburton Wildcard Brewing Company
Pec Hot Sauce Co. Urban Herb On The Curb


Keynote Address by Sarah Elton

Drawing on her years of research and writing on food systems, award-winning journalist and best-selling author Sarah Elton will illustrate how Eastern Ontario’s local food system can be a part of the solution to serious global challenges. With inspiring examples from around the world, she will explore the idea of food system resilience – what it means, and how it can be applied locally.

About Sarah

Sarah Elton is the bestselling author of three books including Locavore and Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet. Sarah has written about food and the environment for publications such as The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and The New York Times. She is a Lupina Junior Doctoral Fellow in the Comparative Program on Health and Society at the Munk School of Global Affairs and is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Mini-mentorships available to conference participants

Make sure to take advantage of our Mini Mentorship Program, available once again to conference participants. A team of specialists on a wide variety of topics will be available the second day of the conference, November 23, from 11:30-1:00pm. Participants will have the opportunity to meet briefly with mentors one on one. These specialists provide expertise on a variety of topics. Each mentor has 6 available time slots of 15 minutes each, so be sure to register early so you don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Mentorship appointments can be booked in advance of the conference as well as at registration on the day of the conference. Details for booking your mentorship appointment will be available upon registration.

Mentorship topics include: 

To learn more about our mentors, click here.



Gold Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors




Bronze Sponsors

Madawaska Coffee Co.
AGAT Laboratories.
Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin
National Farmers’ Union
Regional Municipality of Durham