Still time for the Lo­cal Food Chal­lenge

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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.

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