Ontario Food News Roundup!

July 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Posted by Grace 

Here is a little Ontario food news and media round up for the past week! Just click on the headline to read the full story.

25 cheap and cheerful ways to keep the kids busy
Molly Hayes, Hamilton Spectator

Kids are expensive. And with two months of free time, they will want to keep busy this summer. So to keep them happy — and you from going nuts — here’s a list of 25 free (or cheap) things to do with kids and teens in Hamilton this July and August:

7. Every Saturday (10-10:30 a.m.) Kids in the Kitchen make fun and healthy snacks and crafts at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market Community kitchen. All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. This activity is free, with no registration required. For more info, call 905-546-2424, ext. 4366 or visit www.hamilton.ca/farmersmarket

21. The play barn at Bronte Creek Provincial Park is sure to be a hit. Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., kids can jump, climb and play all day. Admission is $16 per vehicle. In addition to hiking, a nature centre and farm animals, there’s a pool available for use; $3 per adult or $2 per youth ages 4 to 17. Children under 3 are free. For more information, visit http://www.brontecreek.org/ or call 1-905-827-6911 

Use coolers and ice packs when transporting perishable food to picnic site
The Canadian Press, Hamilton Spectator

Everyone loves eating outdoors, but if you don’t keep food safe, the experience can end in illness. Here are some tips from the Canadian Food Safety Agency to use when picnicking and hiking:
• Hot food must be kept hot at or above 140 F (60 C), and cold food must be kept cold at or below 40 F (4 C).

Life is a picnic: Slow down, pack a cooler and enjoy simple things
Lois Abraham, Hamilton Spectator

Taking time out to enjoy the simpler things in life is so important to Tina Powell that the Vancouver resident has written a book about picnics.

“There is that special charm of having old-fashioned picnics, and the world really does need more picnics and my mission is to create a renaissance of picnics,” Powell says. “We are all so busy in life, it’s so hectic, we need to slow down, take time out and enjoy the simpler, more important things in life such as family, friends and peace.

Meet your meat
Sarah Treleaven, National Post

I should probably start off by noting that the chicken and I did not have much of a relationship. In fact, before that fateful night, we had never even met. But does it make a difference? I still stood by while the blood drained out of an increasingly lifeless body, alternately cringing in empathy and licking my chops.

Photo: Jesse Senko

Field Trip: A New Beekeeper
Jesse Senko, Crackers

Russell Gibbs is what you might expect a beekeeper to look like. A quiet demeanour, ginger-tinged hair and an impressive beard. But there’s one exception. He’s about thirty years younger than you’d imagine.

I have known Russ for a while. We both graduated from the same graphic design program, and have a similar music collection. But I was recently surprised to hear of his interest in beekeeping, which I guess lines up nicely with my interest in farming.

Parks Canada recipe app gives you a real taste of history
Wency Leung, Globe and Mail

You’re visiting one of Canada’s national historic sites this summer. As you explore the scenery and cultural artifacts, you can’t help but wonder: How did the cuisine of early settlers taste?

Well, you guessed it – there’s now an app for that. 

Toronto’s underground food market launches this fall
Andrea Gordon, Toronto Star

Budding chefs, sharpen your knives. Food lovers, pack your appetites. This fall, a new “underground” food market will hold its first monthly event featuring delicacies from home cooks across Toronto.

The new venture, brainchild of Hassel Aviles, will bring together food hobbyists, new chefs and anyone with an appetite for preparing, selling or taste-testing a diverse array of cooking, usually made in home kitchens.


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