Regent Park

Jul
22

Agak, Agak, Hawk! Stories & Street Food

On Friday, August 9th the Chop Suzies Collective invites you to engage in the food stories that rarely make the headlines. Welcome to a Regent Park food story – Agak, Agak, Hawk!: Stories & Street Food. Sit around a circle and eat elbow to elbow with us. Interact through ingredients as we rollout tales and salad rolls, mash-up sauces, and mix among art, song, and dance together. 

Also featured will be the graffiti corridor of unique vendors from community caterers, to street food sellers, and established restaurants enthusiastic to be hawking delicious dishes alongside anecdotes about the women who have inspired them along the way.

Time: 4:00pm to 8:30pm, there is no admission fee. 

Place: MDC Partners Couryard beside Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St East

For more information on Facebook

Food Forward loves street food and the opportunities it brings. This is a unique event we are excited to be part of!

Jul
5

Building Roots

An exciting event is coming July 10 at Paint Box Bistro! We look forward to working with developers, planners, and communities after this event to advocate for more good food infrastructure in housing

Building Roots: Developing Food Systems in Housing from Regent Park+Beyond

More info, guest list and tickets: http://buildingroots.eventbrite.com

From a rich history of community gardening, Regent Park’s revitalization has included a significant focus on food. Innovative partnerships have infused the new space with new ways of doing urban agriculture, along with a resident-led farmer’s market, a social venture restaurant, a grocery store, and a Big Park.  These food focussed programs have provided the neighbourhood with new social, cultural, and economic opportunities for residents, and a new challenge for modern development.

Join us at this special Food Forward Symposium to learn about planning and building healthy food access into our City’s new housing developments.  A casual evening of presentations, hors d'oeuvres, and the sharing of stories from Regent Park and other exciting food projects around the GTA.  We look forward to welcoming developers, architects, planners, property managers, community members, food advocates, economic developers, food businesses, and policy makers to this vibrant dialogue.

The evening's speakers include:

- Special guests from Daniels Corporation

- Regent Park resident gardeners

- Chris Klugman, Owner of Paint Box Catering & Bistro

- Gavin Dandy, Farm Director of Everdale/Black Creek Community Farm

- Darcy Higgins, Executive Director of Food Forward

Before the symposium, enjoy a visit to the new Regent Park Farmer's Market, 3PM-7PM adjacent to Daniels Spectrum!

This project was made possible through funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Mar
15

New opportunities popping up

Some cool opportunities have come up that we wanted to share with good food vendors and community organizations.

Register as a vendor for June's Toronto Food Fest. It's a multicultural show with a focus on featuring new chefs from Markham and Scarborough. You can also apply for a permanent spot with Market 707. Five new stalls are opening up! More info here. And if you want to vend at major City of Toronto organized events, check out their application form.

Check our new TOpopups for this and other upcoming events, and follow on Twitter @TOpopups.

We also know of another farmer's market and good food market looking for vendors/urban ag. Contact darcy@pushfoodforward.com to inquire. Check out our new Food Entrepreneur Training Program page for links to more opportunties for vending, education, and training.

The Regent Park Food Partnership is inviting expressions of interest from resident groups and organizations for the development of community demonstration gardens, a community greenhouse, and a bake oven. Successful applicants would work with residents and the City of Toronto on its new park.

And a reminder that letters of interest for the Weston Family Parks Challenge fo rmajor projects are due April 5 to Park People.

Oct
30

Bien manger pour mieux vivre!

October 31 2012

by Xavier Lambert

Read en français dans LE MÉTROPOLITAIN about World Food Day Toronto and some of the work being done to address hunger and food access in Toronto and Regent Park. 

Connect with good food work in Toronto-Centre through our Food For Ward Facebook group, and read more from the Christian Resource Centre on their work and the joint Regent Park Food Partnership. We agree with David Reycraft that government must act on hunger, and are excited to profile the work being done by the community.

« J’ai faim! », c’est en ces termes que Nick Saul de la banque alimentaire The Stop s’est adressé à son auditoire au centre Daniels Spectrum situé dans le quartier de Regent Park. Il reprenait les mots d’un jeune homme qu’il avait rencontré il y a peu de temps à un feu rouge à une intersection de la ville. 

« Je n’oublierai jamais son regard intense », avouait le directeur.

La dizaine d’intervenants invités le soir du 16 octobre, date choisie par l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture comme étant la Journée mondiale de l’alimentation, à venir parler de la malnutrition à Toronto. Tous n’ont pas manqué de faire un constat inquiétant à propos du manque d’équité et d’accès à une alimentation saine pour beaucoup de nos concitoyens. 

Les statistiques sont alarmantes quand on apprend que la moitié des Torontois n’ont pas un accès facile à des produits frais et sains pour des raisons financières, d’éloignement ou des problèmes de mobilité. Les banques alimentaires ont reçu un million de visites au cours des 12 derniers mois, signe annonciateur d’une situation qui s’empire. 

« Nous aidons des personnes de plus en plus âgées ou de plus en plus jeunes », souligne David Reycraft, directeur du foyer pour sans-abri Dixon Hall. Son centre est justement situé près du quartier de Regent Park, un endroit qui reçoit un nombre important de francophones venus de pays africains comme le Congo ou le Burundi. Dans un excellent français, le directeur explique que d’autres arrivent à Toronto en suivant « les routes de la faim » qui prennent leur origine dans les Maritimes, le Québec ou bien le nord de l’Ontario. Le français figure au deuxième rang parmi les langues en croissance dans ce quartier désigné par la municipalité comme étant une zone prioritaire. 

Celina Agaton, directrice de l’organisme Films That Move et organisatrice de l’événement, ainsi que Darcy Higgins de l’organisme Food Forward, constatent qu’il existe à Toronto des « déserts », zones dans lesquelles il n’y a pas de magasins de produits frais. Les résidents doivent alors se nourrir d’une alimentation de qualité inférieure. De graves problèmes de santé s’ensuivent, nombreux sont ceux qui par exemple souffrent du diabète.

Plus: http://www.lemetropolitain.com/nouvelles.asp?nID=16984

Photo : Soupe de légumes avec de la truite servie dans une moitié de melon.