June 7, 2016 QUINTE WEST/BELLEVILLE, (ON) – Local Food Week once again brings big news from the Cities of Quinte West and Belleville. Today they announced that they will be home to the sixth annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference this fall with the spotlight shining brightly on Quinte area cuisine, and foods from across Eastern Ontario.
In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, the Cities will host the conference at the TownePlace Suites and the Maranatha Church on November 22 & 23.
“At this year’s conference, we will be gathering over 200 local food producers, processors, consumers, rural economic development officers, NGOs and others who directly impact local food. The conference theme is MISSION: Resilience. We will be exploring the impact of climate change on the local food system, and the opportunities and the challenges it creates ,” explains Conference Co-chair Jennifer Rushlow, Tourism Coordinator for the City of Quinte West.
“With fast paced innovations in the local food sector, this conference will allow attendees to stay ahead of the game, allowing them to bring innovative and inspiring ideas and products to life,” said Karen Poste, Manager of Economic and Strategic Initiatives for the City of Belleville, Conference Co-Host.
This conference is the premier annual event supporting the local food sector in Eastern Ontario. It was developed in 2011 in response to a rapidly growing sector in need of a stronger network and more targeted technical support. Since that time, the conference has been held in Kemptville, Kingston, and Belleville.
The conference has contributed to some dramatic results in years past, supporting numerous businesses and organizations that represent the innovative, vibrant and sustainable local food system in Eastern Ontario.
One of the highlights of the program is a Local Food Tour on November 22, with stops throughout the Quinte Region that illustrate and celebrate our success in the agriculture and culinary sectors. Devin and Leslie Huffman of Barn Owl Malt are very pleased to be a part of this year’s tour.
“We are honoured to be a stop on the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference tour this year! We are really looking forward to telling our story, explaining our malting process, and spreading the news about our business.” exclaimed Leslie and Devin Huffman, from Barn owl Malt.
Barn Owl Malt is a new business located on the outskirts of Belleville, Ontario. It is a micro-malt house using locally grown grains in a traditional floor malting process. Their goal is to open a new market for Ontario grown products such as barley, wheat and rye grains, and supply the craft-brewing industry with traceable and regionally unique malts.
New for 2016 will be an Eastern Ontario Local Food Extravaganza following the Local Food Tour at the TownePlace Suites in Belleville. This evening reception will showcase local food and beverages from across Eastern Ontario, with opportunities to taste and meet the makers.
November 23 will feature a full day of information sharing and networking, with a roster of speakers and sessions that will inspire and educate. A local food lunch will give conference participants a memorable taste of our local region. Throughout the day a trade show will showcase local sponsors, services and resources.
For further information, please contact: Jennifer Rushlow, Tourism Coordinator
City of Quinte West
613 392-2841 x 4479