Still time for the Local Food Challenge
Local fans of all the shows on The Food Network channel are more than welcome to sign up for The Second Annual Local Food Challenge and set out on their own foodie safari.
The challenge is a joint project of the members of the All Things Food Community Food Network (ATFCFN), which includes the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, Kozroots Community Empowerment Projects, Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie, Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, the Five Counties, and the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area.
The goal is to help educate residents of Eastern Ontario about all the local foods and beverages produced within their own region and also share their experiences and discoveries.
“This event is meant to be a fun, yet competitive way for residents to explore their local food community and all that it has to offer,” stated Kat Rendek, ATFCFN coordinator.
Entering the challenge is free but online registration is required at www.localfoodchallenge.ca. Registered participants gain access to a full list of local food products, events and promotions within their own community and elsewhere in the region.
Last year more than 200 local businesses and community groups and individuals took part in the inaugural food challenge. Organizers expect an even bigger turnout this year. Local food businesses, including producers and event organizers, can also register for free as an event partner at www.localfoodchallenge.ca. The mid-August weekend marks the official launch of the Local Food Challenge with events taking place Aug. 12 at the Maxville Farmers’ Market, and Aug. 13 at the Farmers’ Markets in Chesterville, Vankleek Hill, and Cornwall. The grand finale event is Aug. 28 in Cornwall at the Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival, featuring cooking demonstrations, and also distribution of challenge prizes.