JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON FOOD LITERACY
This is an opportunity to connect and join with others who are interested in promoting and supporting food literacy in our community. This is the first of what we would like to be an ongoing series of conversations.
We expect that topics will vary depending on the group but could include:
- growing food in our community
- connections to the land and relationships with our ecosystems
- food decisions and climate impact
- social/cultural connections to food and eating
- connections in our work
- where is the best place to source ?
Please bring an appetizer or snack item to share.
Please register by February 28, 2019.
Questions can be directed to Janelle Hatch at: email@example.com
Accessibility: The CRFAIR office is not wheelchair accessible. There are 17 steps to the meeting room with a handrail.
Celebrating Good Food through story.
A fundraiser for the Good Food Network and our annual Good Food Summit.
Brought to you by CRFAIR as part of the Good Food Summit.
Join us at the Vic Theatre on November 22nd for an evening of storytelling. Mix and mingle with fellow food enthusiasts and bid on delectable silent auction items.
Join us for an evening of storytelling in support of the Good Food Network. Part of The Good Food Summit 2018: Sharing Good Food Stories.
Doors at 6:45pm. Show starts at 7:30.
Come early to peruse the silent auction items and buy a raffle ticket. There will be a short intermission around 8:30 with tasty finger foods available by donation.
Tickets are available on EventBrite and will be available at the door for $15 - $20.
This is an all ages event.
There will be no alcohol served at this event.
The Vic Theatre is wheelchair accessible.
THE GOOD FOOD SUMMIT 2018:
SHARING GOOD FOOD STORIES
THE ANNUAL GATHERING OF THE GOOD FOOD NETWORK
NETWORKING - CROSS SECTOR COLLABORATION - SKILL BUILDING - STORYTELLING
This year the Good Food Summit has three components:
1) SAVOURY STORIES - NOVEMBER 22
An evening of food stories in support of the Good Food Network. CLICK HERE to learn more.
2) MAIN CONFERENCE DAY - NOVEMBER 23
Our main conference day will be taking place at the University of Victoria’s Students Union Building. Join us for a day of networking, workshops, updates on the Good Food Strategy and a local lunch!
TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT - Tickets are still available for SAVOURY STORIES and spots still remain on the Meet the Network Tours. If you would like to be put on the waitlist for the Main Conference Day, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) FIELD TRIPS - NOVEMBER 22
Field trips to see the good food work of network members first hand! Spaces are still available in both tours. Click on the button below for more details.
Join us for the 2018 Youth Food Gathering!
Hosted by the Youth Food Network
The gathering is a fun and educational weekend event for youth ages 14-24 who love food, are interested in learning more about all things food, and who want to make connections with other food minded folks!
Tasty meals, cooking classes, engaging workshops, and more.
Learn more at youthfoodnetwork.ca
You are invited to a community roundtable on Food Literacy!
Since 2015, the Good Food Network has organized this annual roundtable to highlight the work going on around the building of food knowledges and skills in the Capital Region. Come share what work you have been doing and get updates on projects such as Farm to School, community kitchens, and everything in between. Discussion will include the topic of food metrics; how do we measure our success?
Location to be determined.
Please direct questions to Em Bellinger: email@example.com
Register now. Join this celebration of Indigenous foods from Vancouver Island. CRFAIR is a proud sponsor and collaborator for this event.
June 1 from 10 A.M. - 8 P.M. and June 2 8 A.M. - 4 P.M.
For more info, contact Ali Fontaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come out for our Annual Urban Food-Garden Tour! An inspiring and foodie tour has been planned just for you; with over a dozen home food gardens opened up for public walk through... Enjoy this wonderful event with friends, family, or on your bike! Each garden has a unique layout, plant selection, and feel. You will get to experience Vicoria's Food-Garden culture!
This fundraiser supports sustainable food locally at Haliburton Community Organic Farm, 1UP Single Parent Resource Centre, and globally at Hlekatani Community Garden, South Africa (See The Thinking Garden for more details).
Tickets $15 (under 19 free) at GardenWorks locations,brownpapertickets.com, or email us at email@example.com.
Remember to keep nurturing your zucchini to enter in the Saanich Fair Zucchini Races this fall! Register on Eventbrite at https://zucchini-races.eventbrite.ca and bring your decorated zucchini to the Saanich fair between 11am and 4pm any day, or on September 2nd at 2 pm to take part in the Zucchini 500. There are prizes to be won!
Come join movers and shakers, pollinators and connectors, convenors and change makers, thought leaders and folks who are new to food systems change for this year's 19th Annual BCFSN Gathering, which will take place from July 14-16 on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.
To find out more, visit the website!
Part festival, part rural ramble, and fully an event for all ages, the Saanich Peninsula STRAWBERRY BUZZ FESTIVAL, June 24-25, 2017 is a signature Flavour Trials festival consisting of a FREE self-guided flavour trail tour and TWO fantastic special events.
Take in the STRAWBERRY BUZZ FESTIVAL by bike or by car, exploring the peninsula at the peak of strawberry season! Meet the growers and makers, enjoy free food and drink samples, take in a farm or winery tour, catch some great free music, and enjoy fun kids activity and farm animals. Most of all, pick, buy and bring home strawberries and other delights to fill your pantry. Download the Strawberry Buzz Festival guide and map at www.flavourtrails.com and star...t planning your flavour trail route to the participating farms, wineries, cideries, distilleries, markets and cafes. Hard copies of the guide and map can be found at local markets, cafes, businesses, and community centres, and will be available at all stops on the festival route.
SPECIAL EVENTS, both fundraisers for the Capital Regional Food and Agriculture Initiative Roundtable (CRFAIR):
Berry Fizz Soiree. Saturday June 24 (details to be announced soon!)
Family Strawberry Pancake Breakfast. Sunday, June 25 at Dan’s Farm Market, 2030 Bear Hill Rd. (at Oldfield Rd.). $8 adults, $5 kids. Real pancakes piled high with real strawberries picked from Guite Farm down the road, and topped with real whip cream . . . it doesn’t get better!! This and music, kids activities and farm animals! No advance tickets required – – just come on down and we will serve up the goodness!
Check out our event on Facebook and see you on the Flavour Trail!!
Local food community members are in the process of exploring the history of colonization and its impacts relating to land and the foods of this territory.
You are invited to participate in a two part series offered specifically for food system leaders and champions to explore the history and impacts of colonization through an indigenous lens. We will be doing two sessions the first is a Blanket Exercise http://kairosblanketexercise.org/ and the second is a debrief session to unpack the issues and relate the reflection to our practice as food system actors and leaders.
Seats are limited - Reserve yours today! firstname.lastname@example.orgThe cost for the two workshops is $25 (subsidies are available if needed, we don’t want cost to be a barrier) The contribution goes to support the facilitator/elder honoraria.
Choose May 18 or May 31 1 to 4 pm with debrief on June 2. Special Youth session June 3 10 am to 2 pm.
There has been developmental work over the past year to advance regional food systems metrics and the potential for measuring change over time. This is of interest to the Good Food Network, the Regional Outcomes Monitoring group as well as the Food Funders Network, Community Social Planning Council, and local governments who have/are developing strategies for food systems.
CR FAIR has initiated a meeting of key interested parties to begin discussions on a potential framework, the intersect with diverse interests to maximize its utility, as well as determine what resources and capacities could be brought together to advance this agenda.
Please call us if you would like to discuss this further, or have ideas for others who should be invited to the meeting. We will provide you with a draft of the research and work on metrics to date developed by CRFAIR in partnership with the Victoria Foundation in advance of the meeting.
Meeting date is Monday May 29 10am to 12 noon
Please contact email@example.com for more information
What’s the Buzz? The upcoming Pollinators Roundtable
We would like to introduce you to the Island Pollinator Initiative, which will serve to support the ongoing coordination of all our pollination work. The Peninsula and Area Agricultural Commission (PAAC) and Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C www.pollinatorpartnership.ca) are starting a coalition group called the Island Pollinator Initiative (IPI). Join us for a roundtable discussion!
Thursday May 18 10 am to 12 noon
Location: CRD Building: 625 Fisgard St, on the territories of the Lekwungen Peoples.
Please RSVP to Susan@crfair.ca
Get ready for a whole season of wonderful food/farm/wine events!! Flavour Trails are community celebrations that provide opportunities for residents and visitors to experience and taste the quality and creativity of the Capital Region's farmers, fishers, food producers, chefs and vintners. Visit www.flavourtrails.com for up to date information on events.
The annual Farmer2Farmer Conference is an initiative about local people, local issues, and local solutions! It provides powerful networking and learning opportunities for farmers and food producers in the region. The conference brings together over 200 regional farmers in a day that inspires, educates and connects us in ways that help our sector grow together! More info at: www.farmer2farmer.ca
Shop for locally grown, organic seed from over a dozen of the islands’ finest seed producers. You’ll also find an abundance of other delightful and delectable things to grow from tubers, corms, bulbs, whips, and starts, all sold by knowledgeable locals and suited to our coastal climate. And who knows what else you may find? Last year’s show featured live bees and chickens.
You’ll also find things that will help you grow better: tools, soil amendments, and buckets of new ideas. Bring your gardening problems and mystery plants to the Master Gardeners for wise advice. Talk to the vendors, because the people selling those plants and seeds are the people who grew them: they’re an excellent source of advice about growing your new acquisitions in our climate. Check out the many local garden societies, volunteer opportunities, and educational programs available to Victoria gardeners.
And the talks! Don’t forget the talks: they’re many people’s favourite part. We run a full speakers’ program all day, with all talks included in the cost of admission. Hear some of the islands’ finest and most innovative growers talk about everything from basic techniques for beginners to more specialized topics for the advanced class – all with an environmentally-conscious, earth-friendly approach.
The ever-popular seed exchange is Seedy Saturday’s heart. Trade extra saved seeds from your garden for something you’ve never tried before. A few years ago we added a book exchange, which works on the same principle: bring in garden books you’ve outgrown and trade them for ones that suit your current interests.
You can stay all day (lots of people do), listening to talks and browsing the exhibits. We’ve got the Seedy Cafe on site to keep you going, an ATM in case you suddenly spot a must-have fruit tree, and a kids’ activity area. Yes, bring the kids – you can’t train up young gardeners too soon, so anyone under 16 gets in free.
Please do join us on February 18 for Victoria’s Seedy Saturday, the gathering of Victoria’s gardening clans. It’s inexpensive, inspiring, exuberant and, best of all, – it’s spring!
The Capital Region's Good Food Summit is the annual coming together of the Good Food Network of leaders from community organizations, local government, food and farm industry, funding agencies, and health and education sectors to connect and better align our work. Come hear about policy, planning, education and action projects that address local issues with local solutions.
Let's Accelerate Our Impact Through Better Collaboration
Register below or if you prefer to pay at the door contact Jelena Putnik, CRFAIR Outreach and Events Coordinator for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRFAIR is hosting the ever-popular zucchini races at the Saanich Fair this labour day long weekend. Join the fun from 11:00 to 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday to make us part of you day at the fair this year. We will also be launching our first annual zucchini growing contest. Pick up your free packet of zucchini seeds and get growing next spring!
Many thanks to Ron and Dave of Spelt's Service and Coffee Shop in Saanichton for their generous sponsorship of the zucchini races this year
The BCFSN annual Gathering is a celebration of our food systems and a coming-together of traditional and indigenous food skills with research and new developments on the ground. It is an empowering and fun way to meet some of the amazing people around BC working in the front lines of food security and food sovereignty.