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Pork Chop for a Cause — Food Workshop to Benefit Youth

Pork Chop for a Cause — Food Workshop to Benefit Youth

Pork Chop Food ReunionWINNIPEG — A workshop to teach the heritage skill of butchery will at the same time support North End cooking classes.

Pork Chop is being put on this weekend by Food Matters Manitoba with the culinary experts from Spring Creek Farm. They will demonstrate on one half hog, including a sausage-making demonstration, beer from local brewer Farmery, and a takeaway of 7-10 lbs. of local, pasture-raised pork.

“While this group will be learning a new skill they’ll also be donating to a good cause, providing cooking classes for youth in Winnipeg’s north end,” said Kreesta Doucette, executive director of Food Matters Manitoba.

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Winnipeg Mayoral Candidates to Debate Future of Food

Food Matters ManitobaThe future of food will be debated by Winnipeg’s mayoral candidates tonight in a forum addressing the serious food security concerns that exist within the city.

Food Matters Manitoba is putting on the Politics on the Plate forum at the Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall at the University of Winnipeg.

Seven candidates have confirmed their attendance, including Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Paula Havixbeck, Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Brian Bowman, David Sanders, Mike Vogiatzakis, and Michel Fillion.

The charity, along with the support of other community organizations and citizens, hopes to engage the candidates on a series of food security related topics from food deserts to a city-wide composting plan.

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‘Food Matters’ Recognized with National Award

By Tyler Sutherland

Food Matters ManitobaFood Matters Manitoba has won the Tides Top 10 award, honouring the charity’s innovative social change efforts.

The national award, given out by Tides Canada, recognizes the organization for working with northerners, newcomers, farmers and families on over 35 projects, in more than 50 communities in Manitoba.

“Our Tides Top 10 award is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on some of Canada’s most innovative social and environmental initiatives,” said Ross McMillan, president and CEO of Tides Canada. “Each of this year’s recipients has demonstrated innovation, creativity and impact while working at the intersection of social, ecological and economic considerations. We’re pleased to recognize and celebrate their collective dedication to social change.”

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Food Producers Gather for ‘Growing Local’ Conference

By Sarah Klein

Food Matters ManitobaA two-day conference beginning today aims to connect people from across Manitoba with each other and their local food system.

The 2014 Growing Local Conference is being presented by Food Matters Manitoba and is a kick off to March being Nutrition Month.

This year boasts plenty of interaction and workshops from some of Manitoba’s food champions. In one of the 34 workshops, Fruit Share’s Getty Stewart will host an interactive session on dehydrating Manitoba fruits, and keynote speakers Michael Moss and Thomas Allen will share their food industry knowledge.

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Author of ‘Salt Sugar Fat’ to Speak in Winnipeg

By Tyler Sutherland

Michael Moss
Michael Moss

A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist will visit Winnipeg later this month to discuss how big name companies are getting Canadians to eat more processed foods every day.

Michael Moss is the author of In Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. In the book, Moss reveals how companies use salt, sugar and fat to allure the public and how consumers can fight back.

“Knowing everything that the food companies are doing to get you to do their bidding when you walk in the front door of a grocery store is an incredible playing field leveler,” Moss said.

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Harvest Launches Grow-a-Row Program

Food Matters ManitobaWinnipeg Harvest has teamed up with Food Matters Manitoba to create a unique gardening competition.

Manitoba’s Garden Makeover: An Edible Landscaping Competition is an opportunity to learn about and grow edible plants, making gardens both beautiful and tasty.

“Food brings people and communities together, and growing edible gardens provides healthy, affordable access to food,” said Stefan Epp-Koop, acting executive director for Food Matters Manitoba.

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Growing Local Conference to Open with Film Screening

By Sarah Klein

Food Matters ManitobaThe critically acclaimed film “To Make a Farm” will open the 2013 Growing Local conference on February 28 in Winnipeg.

Shown to sold-out audiences across the city, the film follows the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers, including Manitoba’s Wes Huyghe of Little Path Farm.

“Local farmers are central to a secure food system,” said director Steve Suderman, who will be participating in a Q&A session after the screening. “I’m thrilled Growing Local is hosting the screening. The themes of the conference are timely and important — I’m glad my film can provide a hopeful, in-depth portrayal of the risks and challenges small-scale farmers face.”

Growing Local is being put on by Food Matters Manitoba and runs February 28 to March 2 at the Marlborough Hotel. The film will screen on the 28th at 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba Students Competing in Local Cook-Off

Food Matters ManitobaLocal students will put their culinary skills to test in a cook-off competition today.

The third annual Localvore Iron Chef Cook-Off is being put on by Food Matters Manitoba at Winnipeg Technical College’s Henlow Campus.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., students from Elmwood High School, Garden Valley Collegiate, Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre, Maples Collegiate, Miles MacDonnell Collegiate, Sisler High School, The Learning Centre, William Morton Collegiate Institute, and Winnipeg Technical College will be competing.

The cook-off is a way to create dishes that celebrate year-round local food, while bringing together youth, farmers and chefs from across the province.

Emcees for the competition will be Chrissy Troy from 103.1 Virgin Radio, Ben Benton from Savour Winnipeg, Wolseley MLA Rob Altemeyer, and Kirsten Godbout from Diversity Foods.

Dishes will be judged on their taste and presentation at the end of the day.

‘Growing Local’ on the Mind at Upcoming Food Conference

Food Matters ManitobaManitoba’s wide-ranging food industry will be the topic at the upcoming Growing Local Conference in March.

Food Matters Manitoba will bring together Manitobans for a two-day discussion and sharing session on healthy, sustainable and fair food in our province.

The conference kicks off on Thursday, February 28 with a screening of the acclaimed film “To Make a Farm” at 7 p.m. Conference participants can then take in two full days of hands-on workshops, discussions and displays, plus delicious lunches and snacks on March 1 and 2.

The conference, being held at the Marlborough Hotel, is expected to draw well over 500 participants.

Early bird prices for attendees are available until Sunday, January 20. For more information, visit FoodMattersManitoba.ca or call (204) 943-0822.

— Staff

Manitobans Challenged to Eat Local in 2013

Food Matters ManitobaFood Matters Manitoba is challenging citizens to eat local this year with the 2013 Dig In Challenge.

It’s an opportunity to connect with local farmers, cook from scratch, grow your own food and enjoy made-in-Manitoba food dishes.

The five-month challenge begins in February and allows participants to create their own customizable pledge, based on their food interests. The challenge is free to sign up, and by joining will allow those to attend food skill workshops, share local food recipes, swap food tips and ideas with the community, and win prizes.

Besides individuals, workplaces, schools and faith groups can also join.

To register, visit DigInManitoba.ca/challenge.

— Staff