August 18, 19 + 20, 2017

#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 A VENDOR!

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.

APPLY FOR REGISTRATION

FEATURED EXHIBITORS

SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS

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

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Louis Lefaive

Kings of Swing

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Joëlle Roy

Singer-songwriter

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Roy Hickling

Performer

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Dylan Sher

Speaker

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Stephen Denys

Speaker

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Susan Chan

Speaker

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Frankie Ferragine

Frankie Flowers

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Judy Foodie

Welden Scott Communications

FEST SCHEDULE

Join us for some outstanding presentations, speakers and entertainment!

We Are the Villagers – Entertainment

60 min

Main Tent

Enjoy a performance by the children from 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://watvnew.com/

Bob Bowles

Nature Walk Down the Farm Memory Lane

all day

On Site

Bob Bowles

Bob Bowles is an award-winning environmental consultant, writer, artist, nature photographer, educator, and naturalist. Join Bob for "A Nature Walk Down The Farm Memory Lane" where we will look at the land and nature before the arrival of the farmers after the fur trader and the loggers. The way that the farms were laid out at first and cleared with some of these features still evident today. Finally, we will explore how the farms have changed with many cleared areas returning to their original state and some of the flora and fauna that can be found in these areas now.

Elmvale Zoo – animal presentation

1hr

Main Tent

Joëlle Roy

30mins

Main Tent

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.

Official Opening

1hr

Main Tent

MP Bruce Stanton MP Celine Caesar Chavannes MPP Patrick Brown MPP John Vantoff Warden Gerry Marshall Mayor George Cornell Farm Fresh Food Fest Chair

White Pine Dancers

White Pine Dancers and Ojibway Story Teller

60 min

Main Tent

White Pine Dancers

For the past eight years, Gonrah Desgohwah White Pine Dancers have performed for over 35,000 guests both locally and internationally in some of Southern Ontario’s most celebrated educational venues! Audiences across Southern Ontario and beyond have stated that our performance was not only entertaining, but educational as well. Many audience members commented that they had learned more about First Nations culture during our one hour performance then they had anywhere else! Our performances are interactive as well as colourful and vibrant. Our audiences always come away with a smile on their face, a smile in their spirit and a smile in their hearts…

http://www.ojibwaystoryteller.com

Dylan Sher

30mins

Main Tent

Dylan is the founder and driving force behind “Before The Plate”, a documentary that connects consumers with farmers to help close the knowledge gap in our ever evolving food system. “Before The Plate” will follow the ingredients from a plate of food at Canoe, one of Canada's finest restaurants, all the way back to the farms those ingredients came from. As the main goal of the film is to enlighten a more urban population, the film is also being submitted into the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

Louis Lefaive AND Family

Louis Lefaive AND family! Ariko!

30 mins

Main Tent

Louis Lefaive AND Family

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.

Marcia Woods

Marcia Woods – FreshSpoke

30mins

Main Tent

Marcia Woods

Marcia is the CEO and co-founder of FreshSpoke, a marketplace platform that connects buyer and seller with a set of easy to use features designed to simplify order, payment and delivery for local food producers and wholesale buyers. FreshSpoke's delivery system takes advantage of excess capacity giving commercial drivers and producers the ability to make extra cash delivering local food. FreshSpoke is available as a web and mobile app.

http://www.freshspoke.ca

Stephen Denys

Stephen Denys – Myths About Modern Agriculture

30mins

Main Tent

Stephen Denys

Farmers and Your Food. Perceptions and Misconceptions about Technology, Food Safety and the Environment. What You Need to Know. Stephen's presentation will focus on the evolution of technologies farmers use to preserve and enhance food quality while protecting the environment.

James McIntosh

James McIntosh, Founder of Druxbury Cider

30 min

Main Tent

Luke Langman

90 mins

Main Tent

Luke is a dirt farmer.Though he has come and gone from the University of Guelph, World Vision in Honduras Central America and now has a wife, Heidi and daughters Abbie and Annalee and two sons Caleb and William, he still finds that dirt under his nails. Oh, except for one thing. When he moved into his family's 125 year old red brick farm house the renters left all there possessions; including 6 old mattresses perfect for soundproofing. With that, the mystery of home music recording began.Armed with a few friends and a 1/8inch headphone cable Luke put together his first CD, My Song and My Salvation. What else could that next project be but a Greatest Hits album? Yes, but he has since burned the mattresses and recorded this 5 song EP with The BlueBox Studios in Barrie, Ontario. The disc is called Change the World. All 5 songs made it to Christian radio in Canada with the title track going to 8 on the charts in Canada.Then less than a year later he recorded his first full length studio album "Over The Sun" at AME Studios in Kitchener ON. It was released June 28 2008 and has received airplay across Canada with "Rain From Heaven", "How Great Are You Lord" and "Stand". The project was nominated "Rock Album of the Year 2008" at the CGMA Covenant Awards.In June 2014 he released his next full length all original album "Something Real". He has been gigin' around Central Ontario promoting his radio singles and sharing God's story in his life.A few nominations later, and he is working closely with Scott Jackson and LIFE 100.3 to produce Canadian music including "Silent Night" and the recently released "Bridges" single. Coming out later in the summer of 2017 will be "Come and See", the second release this year.

Luke Langman

90 mins

Main Tent

Luke is a dirt farmer.Though he has come and gone from the University of Guelph, World Vision in Honduras Central America and now has a wife, Heidi and daughters Abbie and Annalee and two sons Caleb and William, he still finds that dirt under his nails. Oh, except for one thing. When he moved into his family's 125 year old red brick farm house the renters left all there possessions; including 6 old mattresses perfect for soundproofing. With that, the mystery of home music recording began.Armed with a few friends and a 1/8inch headphone cable Luke put together his first CD, My Song and My Salvation. What else could that next project be but a Greatest Hits album? Yes, but he has since burned the mattresses and recorded this 5 song EP with The BlueBox Studios in Barrie, Ontario. The disc is called Change the World. All 5 songs made it to Christian radio in Canada with the title track going to 8 on the charts in Canada.Then less than a year later he recorded his first full length studio album "Over The Sun" at AME Studios in Kitchener ON. It was released June 28 2008 and has received airplay across Canada with "Rain From Heaven", "How Great Are You Lord" and "Stand". The project was nominated "Rock Album of the Year 2008" at the CGMA Covenant Awards.In June 2014 he released his next full length all original album "Something Real". He has been gigin' around Central Ontario promoting his radio singles and sharing God's story in his life.A few nominations later, and he is working closely with Scott Jackson and LIFE 100.3 to produce Canadian music including "Silent Night" and the recently released "Bridges" single. Coming out later in the summer of 2017 will be "Come and See", the second release this year.

***EVENING CONCLUDES***

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Tractor Parade

1hr

On Site

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.

Bob Bowles

Nature Walk Down the Farm Memory Lane

all day

On Site

Bob Bowles

Bob Bowles is an award-winning environmental consultant, writer, artist, nature photographer, educator, and naturalist. Join Bob for "A Nature Walk Down The Farm Memory Lane" where we will look at the land and nature before the arrival of the farmers after the fur trader and the loggers. The way that the farms were laid out at first and cleared with some of these features still evident today. Finally, we will explore how the farms have changed with many cleared areas returning to their original state and some of the flora and fauna that can be found in these areas now.

Simcoe County Plowing Match

Classes for:

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

all day

On Site

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.

Dog Show

1hr

On Site

Joëlle Roy

30mins

Main Tent

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, Joëlle 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 – Food to Grow

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

1hr

Main Tent

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

Dylan is the founder and driving force behind “Before The Plate”, a documentary that connects consumers with farmers to help close the knowledge gap in our ever evolving food system. “Before The Plate” will follow the ingredients from a plate of food at Canoe, one of Canada's finest restaurants, all the way back to the farms those ingredients came from. As the main goal of the film is to enlighten a more urban population, the film is also being submitted into the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

Louis Lefaive

Louis Lefaive AND family! Ariko!

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

30mins

Main Tent

Stephen Denys

Farmers and Your Food. Perceptions and Misconceptions about Technology, Food Safety and the Environment. What You Need to Know. Stephen's presentation will focus on the evolution of technologies farmers use to preserve and enhance food quality while protecting the environment.

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

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.

Agile Canines

Dog Show

 

1 hour

Food Tent

Agile Canines

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100 Mile Dinner

     

2 hours

Main Tent

This uniquely delicious event is a celebration of local food sponsored by the Township of Tiny! 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!
Learn more about the 100 Mile Dinner

Opening Remarks

45mins

TBA

Simcoe County Food Alliance Awards

30mins

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

4 hours

Main Tent

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!!

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Community Breakfast and Inter-Faith Service

120 mins

Share a delicious Community Breakfast with your neighbours prepared by Valley Farms. A 45 minute inter-faith service will follow at 10 am to give thanks for the land the farmers use to grow our food. Sponsored by the County and the Township of Tiny. Breakfast tickets just $10 per person.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

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

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