Eighty of Canada's best chefs are planning to cook up a storm to help Stop The Mega Quarry.
On Sunday, Oct. 16, 80 chefs from Nunavut to Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia will descend on a small Ontario farming community south of Collingwood to help put a stop to a proposed mega quarry project that would obliterate thousands of acres of high yield, Class 1 farmland.
The prospect of turning so much prime cropland close to the GTA into stone has got food safety, sustainability and sovereignty advocates on the rocks.
The event, known as FOODSTOCK, promises to live up to its '60s era
inspiration, with an anticipated crowd of 20,000 people in attendance.
Celebrated chef Michael Stadtländer — whose nearby Eigensinn Farm and
Haisai Restaurant have become internationally celebrated gourmet
destinations — is heading up the event together with the Canadian Chef's
FOODSTOCK is a pay-what-you-can event featuring gourmet dished
prepared by 80 of Canada's top chefs, including Jamie Kennedy and
Canoe Restaurant's Andrew Walsh. There will also be music by the likes of
Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, Sarah Harmer and a host of others, as well as
scientist headliners speaking in opposition to the proposed mega quarry.
The mega quarry proposal in question was put forward this spring by the
Highland Companies, a Canadian corporation created by Boston-based
hedge fund the Baupost Group. The proposed quarry would:
• be Canada's largest open pit quarry at 2,316 acres
• require extraction of 600 million litres of water per day,
affecting the watersheds of southern Ontario rivers
• obliterate thousands of acres of high yield, Class 1 farmland made
up of Honeywood Silt Loam, a specialty soil now producing many kinds of
vegetables in addition to approximately 50% of the GTA market for
FOODSTOCK will take place on on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 11:00 to
5:00 at the Frenchs' farm just west of Highway 124 at Conover, Ontario,
north of the 20th Sideroad.
For complete details, visit canadianchefscongress.com.