A Town Hall presented by Food Forward with support from the Metcalf Foundation
The local food sector is pushing forward with increased sales, innovation, and jobs. But along the way, significant challenges face businesses that are expanding with local and sustainable food.
Food Forward is hosting an important dialogue on the barriers, challenges, and strategies for the viability of the sector and its small and medium enterprises, while we explore opportunities to learn and grow. We will hear from speakers with great experience in making good food work, and want to hear from attendees with ideas, concerns, and strategies for action.
- Lesia Kohut, Eco-Pastry Chef & Social Entrepreneur, LPK's Culinary Groove
- Don Mills, Family farmer and President of Local Food Plus
- Ann Barnes, Co-Founder of Mum’s Original Superfoods
- Len Senater, Owner of The Depanneur
- Amy Cheng, Farmer and Owner of Red Pocket Farms
Moderated by Vanessa Ling Yu, Founder of FoodSpokes
You’ll enjoy this panel if you’re:
- A food entrepreneur or business person looking to learn + share
- Work for government, non-profit, foundation, or association interested in supporting the sector
- A member of the public or local food advocate looking to support change and take action
What: Panel discussion with time to connect
When: 7:00PM-8:30PM, Thursday, June 13
Where: Room 310, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto
Please: RSVP a quick note to email@example.com
Will accept a pay what you can contribution towards our Jobstarter Food Entrepreneur Training Program
Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible. Please contact Food Forward regarding other accommodations. Door prize from Bumpercrop!
Let folks know you're coming: Facebook event + Tweet with #foodTO
Thank you to our sponsors:
The City told media that its report on street food would now in come in Spring 2014. The report was ordered by City Council for Fall of 2011. However, staff and councillors are working on a pilot for this summer under existing regulations.
The Star: Toronto food cart fight (front page GTA)
CBC Toronto News at 6: Street food fight
24 hrs (front page)
Toronto Metro: Sweet! Free fruit for all has passerby stoked
NewsTalk 1010: Illegal fruit stand used to push for better street food
Global News Toronto
CBC Here and Now (interview Darcy Higgins)
Radio-Canada Champ Libre (interview Sasha McNicoll)
NewsTalk 1010 Jim Richards Show (interview Darcy Higgins)
Torontonians lining up for street food in Grange Park at the Pop-Up Picnic
Thousands of Torontonians wrote city councillors a year ago to ask them to allow diverse street food to be allowed in Toronto. While the City allowed existing hot dog vendors to expand their menus, new carts and trucks are still not allowed to sell outside of event permits, and existing ones are facing all sorts of extra rules and costs.
A City Committee told us and the Toronto Street Food Project to be patient after we offered a few practical changes that would have allowed food on our streets last summer. They said a report to change policies was due in November, but nothing has come. While we realize staff may be busy, these changes can't draw on forever. Will entrepreneurs and eaters miss out on another summer?
Please e-mail your councillor again (with your address) to simply ask what they've done to legalize street food, and ask if we can't work together to make something happen this summer to animate our sidewalks, streets, and parks. Our friends at Cycle Toronto have a nice guide of your councillors' contacts and to find your ward: http://cycleto.ca/e-mail-your-councillor
Let us know what they say: firstname.lastname@example.org