The Queen's Park Plate: A Celebration of Ontario's Greenbelt Harvest

Toronto, October 29, 2008 – The Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, hosts the Queen’s Park Plate tonight where MPPs and Mayors along with farming and environmental advocates celebrate a Greenbelt-grown harvest. Top chefs, vintners and brew masters from various Greenbelt regions will tempt taste buds with delicious local food and beverages. “Making the Legislative Assembly of Queen’s Park a showcase of Ontario product is an initiative of mine as Speaker,” affirms Speaker Peters. “This event is a great example of what is grown and produced in our own backyard.”

Providing the culinary delights are chefs:

  • Michael Aldred, The Tin Mill, Uxbridge
  • Peter Gotterson, Seasons Restaurant, Oakville
  • Warren Berman, Great Temptations, Ajax
  • Jason Parsons, Peller Estates Winery, Niagara
  • Donna Cane, Victoria Inn, Rice Lake
  • Dan DeMatteis, Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar, Toronto
  • Roberto Fracchioni, Millcroft Inn, Caledon

“We support Greenbelt agriculture from the ground up,” says Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Greenbelt Foundation. “The Queen’s Park Plate celebrates the restaurants, wineries and breweries that use local food. It is a fantastic way to share the bounty of Ontario’s Greenbelt.”

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting farming and has committed some $8 million to local food 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.

The Foundation also launched a new website recently, Greenbeltfresh.ca, where finding a local farmers’ market is as easy as entering a postal code. 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 29, 2008 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen’s Park, Committee Rooms 228 and 230

For more information contact Danielle Pignataro, Communications Director, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, dpignataro -at- ourgreenbelt.ca, (416) 960-0001 ext. 301

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