Queen's Park Plate Goes Global to celebrate Ontario's Greenbelt Harvest

Toronto, October 6, 2009 - The Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, hosts the Queen's Park Plate tonight where MPP's and mayors along with farming and environmental advocates celebrate a Greenbelt-grown harvest. Proprietors from across the Greenbelt regions will tempt taste buds with local food offerings that draw their inspiration from all corners of the globe. 

"Making the Legislative Assembly of Queen's Park a showcase of Ontario products is an initiative of mine as Speaker," affirms Speaker Peters. "Adding a global twist only makes sense - part of what makes Ontario strong is our cultural and ethnic diversity."

 Providing the culinary delights are:
-    Sue Chury, Spice of Life, Port Dalhousie
-    José Hadad, Frida Restaurant, Toronto
-    Brad Long, My Place: A Canadian Pub, Toronto
-    Chris Haworth, Spencer's at the Waterfront, Burlington
-    Martha Preston, Preston Empanadas, Toronto
-    Robin Pradhan, Rocky Racoon Café, Owen Sound;

Plus wine, beer and juice from:
-    Hockley Valley Brewing Company
-    Southbrook Vineyards; 
-    Reif Estate Winery; 
-    Andrews' Scenic Acres; 
-    Cameron's Brewers
-    Stratus Vineyards

"Just as TIFF showcases a world of cinematic delights, this Queen's Park Plate showcases culinary delights with global inspiration. It is a fantastic way to share the bounty and diversity of Ontario's Greenbelt," says Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Greenbelt Foundation. "Every single day we see examples of farmers, chefs and entrepreneurs who are innovators tapping into emerging markets and putting extraordinary effort into making local food work. This is also a celebration of their efforts."

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting farming and has committed some $13.6 million to local agriculture, food and environmental initiatives. Grantees and projects include everything from environmentally friendly farm practices, to establishing new markets to improving public awareness of and access to local food.

Possibility grows in the Greenbelt. Wrapping around the Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt is 1.8 million acres of potential to make Ontario, and the earth, a better place. Encompassing the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park, hundreds of rural towns and villages and some 7,000 farms, it is home to some of the most valuable agricultural land in Canada.

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Event Location: October 6, 2009 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen's Park, Committee Rooms 228 and 230

For more information contact Jennifer Story, Communications Manager, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, jstory-at-ourgreenbelt.ca,(416) 960-0001 ext. 306, or call Maggie Head, Executive Assistant, Office of the Speaker, maggie_head-at-ontla.ola.org, (416) 325-7435.

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