August 18, 19 + 20, 2017

A family at the food festival

#FarmFreshFoodFest

Come out and visit with exhibitors from our farming community. Experience life as a farmer and learn more about what they do and why they do it. Learn about, and enjoy food! Fun for the whole family.

MAKE IT A SUCCESS!

Your support will help us build a better event and spread excitement further. This two day event will bring together the farming, food and local community to celebrate and learn about agriculture, history, and food.

If you believe in local, this event is for you!

If you're curious about Farm Fest Food Fest and are interested in becoming a sponsor, please check out our sponsorship package.

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BE AN EXHIBITOR!

If it takes you less than 100 miles to get here, and you have something fabulous that's been grown or raised, or you can create fabulous things, or you have tools to help grow, raise or create....

We want you at the Fabulous Farm Fresh Food Fest!

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please complete our initial registration form. Upon acceptance we will send you the complete vendor package and payment options.

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SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS

Our goal is to educate you about the food we eat through fun, interactive experiences and informative programming.

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Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism

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Frankie Ferragine

Frankie Flowers

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Louis Lefaive

Kings of Swing

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Judy Foodie

Welden Scott Communications

FEST SCHEDULE

Programming will include a variety of demonstrations including growing your food, processing and cooking. We are also proud to highlight some of our exceptional local musical talents.

We Are the Villagers

We Are the Villagers – Entertainment

Watch a performance by the children from We Are the Villagers.

30 mins

Main Tent

We Are the Villagers

We Are the Villagers Nurture, Support, Inspire, Motivate, Validate and bring Joy to children. Through their efforts they nurture our young community.

http://www.wearethevillagers.com/

Elmvale Zoo – animal presentation

1hr

Main Tent

Joelle Roy

Joelle Roy

30mins

Main Tent

Joelle Roy

Joëlle Roy is singer-songwriter from the Temiscaming Shores. She has four albums under her belt. The music is definitely folk with a blues, country, Cajun twist. Her sound is a mixture of the north wind where she became an artist and the deep south, where she completed a doctorate in Francophone Studies. Also a published author, Dr Jo was nominated for the Trillium award for her first novel. For the past six years, Joelle has been director at La Meute, which organizes Le Festival du Loup.

Roy Hickling

30mins

Main Tent

Roy Hickling is a seventh generation farmer who along with wife Sue, and daughter Lydia, lives on a family farm just north of Barrie. He attended the University of Guelph and after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, with honours in 1980, he came home to full time beef farming. The farm shifted to cash cropping in 1991 and although Roy recently retired after nineteen years of selling seed, he continues to farm. Roy’s interest in the arts has evolved through his association with the MacLaren Art Centre where he curated MacLaren Against the Grain: The Fafard Field Project in 1997. It combined his expertise in agriculture and his interest in art in a very successful project that received national media attention and critical acclaim and was also the impetus for Roy to begin showing his own work. He has exhibited regularly since 2000 in both public and private galleries and his work can be found at the Gallery 111 in Barrie, Ridge West Oro Medonte, at Life’s Inspirations Art Gallery in Hanover and at his studio at the Double Doors Studios and Gallery, Anten Mills. While Roy has been playing guitar and song writing for over thirty years, the last decade has seen a renewed interest and commitment to his music. He has been performing locally including at the 2006 Barrie Folk: Roots Music Festival and has recently released his debut CD a little time.

Jeff Leal

Official Opening with Jeff Leal

1hr

Main Tent

Jeff Leal

We are happy to welcome Jeff Leal, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Dylan Sher

30mins

Main Tent

Louis Lefaive

Louis Lefaive

Enjoy live entertainment by Louis Lefaive!

30 mins

Main Tent

Louis Lefaive

Louis Lefaive has been a fixture in Simcoe County for most of his life. His varied musical interests have reflected in a career as producer, educator, recording artist, singer-songwriter, arranger and bandleader.

Stephen Denys

Myths about Modern Agriculture with Stephen Denys

Stephen is a Past President of the Canadian Seed Trade Association and a Past President of the Ontario Council of Croplife Canada. His passion for agriculture is based in his love of farming.

30mins

Main Tent

Stephen Denys

Stephen Denys is passionate about modern agriculture and the role of science in food production not only today but into the future. He has spent his entire career in agriculture working in a range of crops ranging from field crops including corn, soybeans and canola to vegetable, fruit and specialty crops ranging from potatoes to ginseng. Stephen holds a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Windsor. Stephen is currently Director of Business Management with Maizex Seeds where he oversees the Maizex branded business for Canada. He was previously Vice President of Sales and Marketing for PRIDE Seeds. In addition to his work roles, Stephen has also been active in industry associations. He is a Past President of the Canadian Seed Trade Association, which represents seed companies from across Canada and a Past President of the Ontario Council of Croplife Canada. His passion for agriculture is based in his love of farming. Born into a cash crop and vegetable farm near Chatham, Stephen currently operates and has expanded the family farm near Chatham where he grows commercial corn, seed corn, soybeans, seed soybeans, white beans and winter wheat. As an advocate for modern science, Stephen provides insight on why farmers are using products of modern science like pesticides and biotechnology, how this compares to the production practices used historically and why modern science is important to our health and wellbeing into the future.

Erin Chapelle

Erin Chapelle

Erin believes that small scale farming and proper urban planning can combine to feed our communities and nourish our relationships.

30mins

Main Tent

Erin Chapelle

Erin Chapelle is native to Huronia and currently works in the region to promote the growth of a sustainable local food system that is inclusive to everyone. Much of her work focuses on urban agriculture, from seed to plate, via community gardens, education programming, and market-style sales. Erin received her Permaculture Design Certificate in Cuba and recently worked on a jungle farm in Belize for 6 months. She believes that small scale farming and proper urban planning (including agricultural efforts) can combine to feed our communities and nourish our relationships.

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Local Indigenous Entertainment

A celebration of First Nation and Metis music and dance.

 

30mins

TBD

Dinner & Cultural Interpreters

Interpreters will be providing a cross-cultural and lingual interaction with dinner guests, helping them to understand the beliefs and practices of the Indigenous culture. Find out more here.

1 Hour

Drumming Circle

The music of the First Nations is a vast and shifting landscape of sound circling around core beliefs, valuable morals and lessons for the life of both the individual and the community.

 

1 hour

Metis Dancers

The Metis have a strong and robust culture which includes music and dance. Enjoy the up-tempo musical rhythms while watching traditional dance jigs of these talented dancers.

 

1 hour

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Tractor Parade

Last summer, Festival du Loup held a parade of local tractors and equipment through the village of Lafontaine. Kids – big and small – were absolutely fascinated with everything from old farm tractors to the sophisticated combines. At the end of parade attendees were given the chance to get up close to the equipment and talk to the local farmers. This is a treat as it is very difficult to get farmers and their equipment to stop working long enough. Be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity.

1hr

On Site

Simcoe County Plowing Match

This year is the 105th year of the Simcoe County Plowing Match. We are pleased to be holding it in conjunction with Farm Fresh Food Fest on Saturday , August 19.  The plowing match is a competition for people who enjoy practicing their skills of making straight and even furrows,  whether they compete at the county level, at the International match, at the Canadian wide level, or at the World match.  One of the side benefits is the friendships made, that last for a lifetime. Spectators love to watch the beautiful big draft horses skillfully and patiently make the furrows.  The antique classes bring back memories for many and invite questions about how it used to be.  There will be wagon rides for spectators around the plow field.

45mins

On Site

Classes for:
  • first time plowers
  • horse or mule plowing -both walking and riding plows
  • antique tractors and plows
  • conventional plows
  • roll over plows

Dog Show

1hr

On Site

Joelle Roy

Joelle Roy

30mins

Main Tent

Joelle Roy

Joëlle Roy is singer-songwriter from the Temiscaming Shores. She has four albums under her belt. The music is definitely folk with a blues, country, Cajun twist. Her sound is a mixture of the north wind where she became an artist and the deep south, where she completed a doctorate in Francophone Studies. Also a published author, Dr Jo was nominated for the Trillium award for her first novel. For the past six years, Joelle has been director at La Meute, which organizes Le Festival du Loup.

Roy Hickling

30mins

Main Tent

Roy Hickling is a seventh generation farmer who along with wife Sue, and daughter Lydia, lives on a family farm just north of Barrie. He attended the University of Guelph and after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, with honours in 1980, he came home to full time beef farming. The farm shifted to cash cropping in 1991 and although Roy recently retired after nineteen years of selling seed, he continues to farm. Roy’s interest in the arts has evolved through his association with the MacLaren Art Centre where he curated MacLaren Against the Grain: The Fafard Field Project in 1997. It combined his expertise in agriculture and his interest in art in a very successful project that received national media attention and critical acclaim and was also the impetus for Roy to begin showing his own work. He has exhibited regularly since 2000 in both public and private galleries and his work can be found at the Gallery 111 in Barrie, Ridge West Oro Medonte, at Life’s Inspirations Art Gallery in Hanover and at his studio at the Double Doors Studios and Gallery, Anten Mills. While Roy has been playing guitar and song writing for over thirty years, the last decade has seen a renewed interest and commitment to his music. He has been performing locally including at the 2006 Barrie Folk: Roots Music Festival and has recently released his debut CD a little time.

Frankie Ferragine

Frankie Ferragine – Food to Grow

Learn to grow your own fruits and vegetables with Frankie Flowers!

1hr

Main Tent

Frankie Ferragine

Frank Ferragine AKA “Frankie Flowers” is arguably Canada’s most popular and trusted gardening expert and weatherman. He is known for his ability to combine practical gardening advice with humour, and loves to share his passion for everything outdoors with the world. Frankie’s garden advice has twice earned him Landscape Ontario’s Garden Communicator of the Year

http://www.frankieflowers.com/

Dylan Sher

30mins

Main Tent

Louis Lefaive

Louis Lefaive

Enjoy live entertainment by Louis Lefaive!

30 mins

Main Tent

Louis Lefaive

Louis Lefaive has been a fixture in Simcoe County for most of his life. His varied musical interests have reflected in a career as producer, educator, recording artist, singer-songwriter, arranger and bandleader.

Stephen Denys

Myths about Modern Agriculture with Stephen Denys

Stephen is a Past President of the Canadian Seed Trade Association and a Past President of the Ontario Council of Croplife Canada. His passion for agriculture is based in his love of farming.

30mins

Main Tent

Stephen Denys

Stephen Denys is passionate about modern agriculture and the role of science in food production not only today but into the future. He has spent his entire career in agriculture working in a range of crops ranging from field crops including corn, soybeans and canola to vegetable, fruit and specialty crops ranging from potatoes to ginseng. Stephen holds a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Windsor. Stephen is currently Director of Business Management with Maizex Seeds where he oversees the Maizex branded business for Canada. He was previously Vice President of Sales and Marketing for PRIDE Seeds. In addition to his work roles, Stephen has also been active in industry associations. He is a Past President of the Canadian Seed Trade Association, which represents seed companies from across Canada and a Past President of the Ontario Council of Croplife Canada. His passion for agriculture is based in his love of farming. Born into a cash crop and vegetable farm near Chatham, Stephen currently operates and has expanded the family farm near Chatham where he grows commercial corn, seed corn, soybeans, seed soybeans, white beans and winter wheat. As an advocate for modern science, Stephen provides insight on why farmers are using products of modern science like pesticides and biotechnology, how this compares to the production practices used historically and why modern science is important to our health and wellbeing into the future.

Susan Chan – Protecting Ontario’s Pollinators

As more than one out of every three bites of food we eat or beverages we drink are because of pollinators, they play a key role in both the health of our environment and the strength of our economy. This session will:

  • Overview the role of pollinators have in a healthy environment and a strong economy.
  • Discuss native pollinators to Ontario, including details on their life cycle, foraging and pollination techniques.
  • Identify threats to pollinator populations.
  • Provide attendees with information on what they can do to support healthy pollinator populations.
  • Offer simple, inexpensive ways to create habitat for native pollinators.
Susan Chan, M.Sc. Manager, Native Pollinator Program, Farms at Work Sponsored By

30mins

Susan Chan is presently pursuing her Ph.D., studying the native squash bee in Ontario, with special emphasis on the effects of common agricultural practices on squash bee population health. She works extensively on farms to implement on-the-ground projects that support native pollinators. Susan has an academic background in agriculture, education, and pollination biology and is the author of A Landowner’s Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario. Concurrently with her studies, Susan manages the Native Pollinator Program for Farms at Work, a not-for profit project in central Ontario. She lectures in both Trent University’s and Fleming College’s Sustainable Agriculture Programs, and is the proud owner of Ten for Joy, a property in Selwyn, Ontario dedicated to conservation agriculture.

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100 Mile Dinner

This uniquely delicious event is a celebration of local food! Using fresh, seasonal, and locally-grown food found within 100 miles of North Simcoe, and pairing it with beverages produced within the same region, this dinner features a gourmet selection of mouth-watering dishes prepared by some of our area’s most notable talent. Remember to bring your appetite!

Eleanor McMahon

Opening Remarks

Eleanor McMahon was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Burlington. She currently serves as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. She was previously Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Eleanor McMahon

Ontario Minister of Tourism

http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/home.shtml

Simcoe County Food Alliance Awards

The Food Partners Alliance (FPA) was established in response to the growing awareness on the part of a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including agricultural, government, environmental, health and educational organizations, that our food system is facing some significant challenges, which if they remain unaddressed could put our food supply at risk. At the same time, there is the recognition that there exists a multitude of exciting opportunities which if seized could offer a full range of economic, community health, and educational benefits. The Food Partners Alliance of Simcoe County is a multi-sector organization whose primary purpose is to work together and provide leadership to build a sustainable and equitable food system, from research to field, to table. The FPA works to support the implementation of the Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter by raising awareness about local food system issues; building partnerships within the community to support uptake of Charter principles; and tracking and reporting progress on local initiatives that support the Charter. The fifth annual Charter Champion Awards were created to acknowledge the many individuals, businesses, and organizations working hard to create a strong and vibrant food system in Simcoe County.

The Desotos

Dance the night away with the classic rock’n’roll dance band, the Desotos, while listening to your all time favourite music from the 50's and 60's through to present day dance tunes. The band has been playing together for 27 years, and often performs with special guests from the Martels: “Madeleine French” who covers songs from Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee to Sheryl Crow and Dr. Sax” Russ Strathdee, a sax player extraordinaire. A “not to miss” show!!

2hours

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Inter-Faith Service and Community Breakfast

Inter-Faith Service, coordinated by Father Michael from the Martyr Shrine, and Community Breakfast, coordinated by Valley Farms. Sponsored by the County and the Township of Tiny.

60mins

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

This event would not be possible without the kindness and support of our fantastic sponsors!

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