Harvest Wednesdays Food Series launches on April 18, and we’re so excited for what this season has in store! This series brings together local and Ontario-based food producers and makers, allowing Toronto’s urban dwellers to learn and explore what can be offered at a local level.
This year, the series launch is in conjunction with Grow Op, Gladstone’s annual exhibition on Urbanism, Landscape and Contemporary Art. Join us on April 18, 7-9pm for an evening of incredible samples from our contributors and inspiring speeches by participating chefs. Included is admission to this year’s Grow Op exhibition. Tickets for all Grow Op events, including Harvest Wednesday, are available now.
So, who’s going to be there?
Our good friend Bob Blumer of course! In partnership with Second Harvest, Blumer will be our guest Chef doing live food demos throughout the evening! You may know Blumer as the host of many shows on the Food Network, the author of five cookbooks, or the designer of our most playful hotel room Surreal Gourmet. As a long-time food activist, Chef Blumer will be coming to us in partnership with Second Harvest, Canada’s largest organization focused on food redistribution.
Local organizations 100km Foods Inc. and Urban Harvest will also be participating in this year’s food series launch. Connecting local farmers and food producers with chefs, business owners, artisans and individuals within Ontario is the primary mission for 100km Foods Inc. Located in Toronto, the operative is focused on providing business and support for these groups, all the while fostering a more sustainable environment for the food industry of Ontario. Urban Harvest provides organizations, chefs and individuals with 100% certified organic seeds and seedlings, all grown within Ontario.
It wouldn’t be a dinner party without something delicious to drink! Beau’s Brewery will be serving their award-winning craft beer all evening on April 18! As an independent and community driven brewer, Beau’s focuses on environmental practices by only using certified organic ingredients.
Focusing on reducing the food industry’s carbon footprint, the chefs at One Hop Kitchen came up with a creative solution: crickets! Cooking up classics while remaining environmentally conscious, and tasty, is possible with their bolognese pasta sauces.
Guests will also be invited to try samples from our other impressive vendors, including Alchemy Pickle Company, Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, Island Oysters and The Pop Stand. Operating since 2012, Alchemy Pickle Company is a Toronto based company that focuses on creating pickled goods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and naturally carbonated sodas, all from produce purchased from Southern Ontario farms. Fifth Town Artisan Cheese is based in the beautiful Prince Edward County, and produces delicious dairy products while being socially and environmentally conscious. Toronto’s own Island Oysters provides a sustainable approach to farming and serving oysters. And don’t forget to stick around for a sweet treat from The Pop Stand, one of Toronto’s only naturally flavoured, organic popsicle producers!
Harvest Wednesdays has been made possible thanks to our long-time partner Chick-a-biddy Acres, a Community Shared Agriculture Farm in Peterborough, Ontario. Chick-a-biddy Acres provides alternative and affordable means for city residents to access produce, free-range poultry and eggs.
Tickets are available now for the Harvest Wednesdays Food Series launch. Looking forward to seeing you there!