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Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference

  • 04 Nov 2015
  • 05 Nov 2015
  • Belleville, Ontario

Creativity + Collaboration = Action! fresh_local_produce_sign

Excitement is mounting for the upcoming 5th Annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference! ‪#‎EOLFC15‬ is our region’s annual conference bringing together stakeholders from all aspects of our local food system. This year’s hosts, the Cities of Quinte West and Belleville, have worked creatively to develop a dynamic event that will be the best one yet!

The momentum building in the Eastern Ontario local food system is not an accident. It is the result of years of hard work, creative ideas, and local food champions working together to make strong connections.

This year’s conference is the place to further cultivate that creative thinking, and to collaborate with others to learn, share, and network. Some new sessions will see not only our speakers, but our delegates sharing their knowledge and building solutions. Book time with mentors. Be swept away in a series of quick, idea-generating presentations that will be sure to spark creativity and energize.  And, be a part of round-table discussions and conversations that will move the bar, motivate, and create lasting connections. In short, this year’s conference will be a place of ACTION!

November 4th is a local food tour and reception, followed by a full agenda on November 5th, starting with our keynote speaker, Cory Van Groningen from VG Meats. Cory promises to inspire us all with his story of how creativity and collaboration have led to the continuous growth and evolution of VG Meats from its start in 1970 as a 3-room facility to  an integrated, thriving value chain enterprise.

By attending, you will…
• Be inspired
• Get ideas and share your ideas
• Make connections
• Move ideas to action
• Enjoy delicious local food

Who should attend?greenhouse_workers

Businesses involved in the local food sector
Producers, processors, restaurants, retailers, food service providers, wholesalers and distributors
Institutions interested in offering local food
Organizations supporting local food with projects and programming
Municipal staff and politicians interested in the value of local food for tourism, health and prosperity
Economic developers exploring opportunities in local food
Researchers who work with the local food sector
Anyone interested in learning more about Eastern Ontario’s exciting local food economy.

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