This is an annual luncheon held to raise awareness of Ontario’s grape growers, promoting the grape growing industry through the Niagara Wine Festival. A celebrity speaker is usually part of the luncheon. Most of Ontario’s grape growers are located in the Greenbelt and this event informs visitors about this abundant area of the Greenbelt.
Niagara Culinary Trail Transition Funding secures long term support and investment for the Trail. Niagara’s main culinary regions are located along this trail to include Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines and Jordan, Vineland, Beamsville, Grimsby, Welland, Fonthill and the Effingham Hills, and Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, Ridgeway and Crystal Beach. The Niagara Region is filled with small artisan growers and producers. Local food is available throughout the Niagara Region, where farm fields are protected by Ontario’s Greenbelt.
With over 80% of Hamilton’s land base designated as rural area, Hamilton is well equipped to feed itself locally and sustainably.
Formed in 2005, Hamilton Eat Local utilizes the Hamilton Eat Local Farm Map & Directory and the Hamilton Fruit Tree Project to encourage residents of Hamilton to buy locally grown food.
Expanding on the Hamilton Eat Local project, this undertaking implements Greenbelt-grown food procurement systems in elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools and the municipal government, in order to secure the long-term viability of local agriculture and the Greenbelt in the Hamilton area.
The "International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration" is a new event to profile Niagara’s VQA wine and grape industry on the world stage taking place from July 22nd-24th 2011.The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Association is a not-for-profit group dedicated to promoting world class Chardonnay and its members include many top VQA wineries in the Niagara Region.This is a special opportunity to exhibit Ontario’s best VQA wines and source new international markets for our growers and winemakers. A Farmers’ Marché Breakfast, featuring local fruit, cheeses and specialty foods from Ontario’s Greenbelt producers will be held each morning.
The Stop Community Food Centre has been working to increase access to healthy food for individuals and families in Toronto.A new partnership with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association experiments with growing new world crops in Ontario soils and “taste tests” locally grown varieties with ethno-cultural communities.This project connects Greenbelt farmers with the multi-million dollar world/ethno-cultural crop market in the GTA.
The project builds on the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network’s (GFMN) successful first year by continuing to provide support for market managers. The Network supports regional collaboration, knowledge sharing and professional development among market organizers with the goal of increasing the success of markets. The Network also conducts research on increasing markets’ customer base, and coordinates promotions for markets.
The successful Niagara Wine Festival has witnessed a record number of guests in recent years, attracted by the festival’s celebrity hosts which have included Don Cherry and Peter Mansbridge.
The Grape Growers of Ontario works towards sustainable growth of Ontario’s grape industry, and hosts an annual wine festival to celebrate their fruits of labour.
Each September, the Grape Growers of Ontario furthers viticultural awareness through the Niagara Wine Festival, combining local food and wines to celebrate the Niagara Peninsula’s 100,000 protected acres of tender fruit and grape crops and the people that tend them. The Grape Growers of Ontario produces the Festival Kick-Off Luncheon and distributes educational materials, including 2,000 brochures, to inform visitors about this abundant area of the Greenbelt.
$20,000 June 8, 2009 & 2010
The Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee (GTA AAC) and its partners, the Region of Niagara and City of Hamilton are developing a ten year action plan for agriculture in the Golden Horseshoe and Holland Marsh regions of Ontario. The study reviews demographics, economic impact, and trends in production, interviews key agri-businesses, and explores a number of emerging opportunities for this near urban agricultural area. The co-existence of agriculture and urbanization to the mutual benefit of both is a key emerging issue in the City and Greater Toronto Area.
The workshop discusses opportunities for local food distribution in the Niagara-Hamilton region, based on the results of an earlier feasibility study. This research assessed whether sufficient industry support exists to establish a regional food and agri-product distribution initiative in the Niagara and Hamilton areas and capture the growing interest among consumers for locally grown food.