Terra Madre Day is an annual worldwide celebration and fundraising event for Slow Food, and it’s happening this Saturday November 19th in Vancouver. We were a part of last year’s gathering and have fond memories of the delicious food that was served as well as the cultural breadth of the evening; it’s an event any food lover would truly love.
If you’ll be there, please let us know in the comments or via Twitter, as we’d love to connect in person. We’ll be showing off updates to our technology and serving a few dishes that our team is putting together from local food producers…you did know Anthony was a chef, right?
The theme of this year’s event is “The Joy of Preserving”.
Food, Culture and Knowledge. We are looking at the big picture of preserving food: conserving the land it’s grown on, supporting the people who grow our food, and learning about different cultures and their traditional ways of preserving.
Slow Food is a celebration of local food with a vision of sustainable food production and consumption rooted in local economies and with respect for the environment, traditional knowledge, biological diversity and taste.
All proceeds from The Joy of Preserving will go toward our Terra Madre Fund, which sends local BC farmers to the international Terra Madre meeting. The meeting is like a United Nations of food where producers, chefs and academics get together to share ideas about food sustainability. Our farmers come back from Terra Madre inspired and committed to producing food that’s good for us and good for the planet.
Terra Madre kicks off at 6pm on Saturday with an exciting schedule filled with food producers, Vancouver chefs and restaurants, and food producers doing demos and serving good food. You won’t want to miss it. Tickets are by donation with a suggested price of $15.
Terra Madre, Slow Food Vancouver
Date: Saturday November 19th, 2011
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Location: W2 – 151 Cordova Street
Last night we celebrated our iPhone app launch with the Food Security Council and City of Vancouver at Creekside Community Center. It was a truly great event focused on the state of our local food community and the food system at large.
Thanks to everyone who was there for all the feedback you gave us on the app. Click here to get the app!
The view wasn’t bad, huh? :)
The event followed a day full of great feedback and support from our community of users and food lovers. It was really incredible, and on behalf of the entire team I want to thank everyone for their enthusiasm. I could go on and on but showing you is faster:
That was right alongside communities all over the world reaching out to help us unlock their cities.
The local press was great about covering the event last night as well. See coverage in The Tyee here, and the Vancouver Observer here.
Anthony was on World Talk Radio this morning as well. Listen to that here.
Heck, we even trended in Vancouver on Twitter for a bit! Geeks get excited about this kind of thing:
Thank you again everyone, and we know we’re not done. We’re working hard to keep improving the app and our platform at large. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with feedback or ideas!
Next Wednesday June 29th is going to be a huge day for Foodtree and we’d love to see you there!
We’ve been working with the Vancouver Food Policy Council and the City of Vancouver to improve food security in this city, and to help connect Vancouver residents to the producers and processors of our local foods. Our collaboration culminates in an event at Creekside Community Centre on June 29th hosted by the Vancouver Food Policy Council which will feature the first public launch of our iPhone app that showcases fresh local food.
The Program includes:
- Introduction and discussion of the Vancouver Food Policy Council’s Food Secure Vancouver research study and report, “How Food Secure is Vancouver in a Changing World? 2010,” which establishes what food security is and how we can measure it. Discussion will be around how you or your organization can use and contribute to the report, and what comes next. The report can be downloaded for reading before the event at foodsecurevancouver.ca.
- Introduction to an exciting new mobile application being developed by Foodtree in partnership with the City of Vancouver, that highlights local food assets in Vancouver. [sneak peek]
- Introduction and first public consultation on the development of the Vancouver Food Strategy by City of Vancouver staff.
A dinner of local foods prepared by Vancouver chefs and caterers will accompany our discussion. A $5 cash donation at the door will help cover food expenses.
Date: June 29th, 2011
Time: 4pm to 8pm
Location: Room 4, Creekside Community Centre [map]
The event is free but you must register through eventbrite to attend.
If you can’t make it (it’s almost sold out!) then be sure to check out our plans for the following weekend (here and here), which we’ll share more details on shortly!
The Vancouver Farmers Market awesomeness continues this weekend with the opening of the Kitsilano Market on Sunday. There are fifty two vendors at this market for your food shopping pleasure, and four food trucks in case you need second breakfast or lunch.
The Kitsilano Market is located in the parking lot of the Kits Community Centre on 10th Avenue near Larch. It will be open 10am to 2pm every Sunday, starting this weekend until October 23rd.
Our team will again be onsite for the market opening. You can follow what we’re up to @foodtree on twitter, or use the hashtag #vanfarmers.
This Saturday May 14th marks the beginning of the spring/summer Farmers Market season in Vancouver!
It’s opening day of the Trout Lake Market, and close to seventy vendors from farmers to food trucks will be there to provide fresh local food. Two items I’m hoping to find at the market this weekend are asparagus, and rhubarb – but I also love the food from the Roaming Dragon food truck.
The Market is located in the North parking lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake, between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Avenue Alley.
This is a map to the new location.
It will be open from 9am to 2pm every Saturday from now until October 22nd.
Our team will be there this weekend so make sure to let us know if you’re there. We tend to tweet a lot, so you can follow us @foodtree or using the #vanfarmers hashtag.
Tomorrow evening Anthony will be one of nine people telling a personal story on the theme of “Recipe For…” at Rain City Chronicles. If you’re unfamiliar with this event the best way to describe it is live storytelling by every day people sharing personal stories. I’ve attended two in the last six months and have really enjoyed the experience. It’s a bit like listening to live versions of podcasts “This American Life“, or “The Moth“.
The full line up for the evening finds Anthony in excellent storytelling company: Eagraine Yuh, Warren Bates, Mark Busse, Ross Milne, Anastasia Koutalianos, Janet Feirin, Tyler Lepore, and Annika Reinhardt.
The show is Wednesday, May 11 at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver, and I’ve heard tickets are almost sold out. You can buy them online through the Firehall Arts Centre Box Office.
Hey everyone…we’re going to be at Bella Gelateria tomorrow evening for an event dedicated to the Slow Food movement, so if you’re feeling like some delicious gelato make sure you drop in after 7pm and join us!
If you print out the flyer (image below) you’ll get a complimentary upgrade on your order!
Here’s a great synopsis of the event from the Slow Food people:
James Coleridge, the owner of Bella Gelateria, believes in the slow food movement and the 100-mile diet where possible, and he takes the time to get to know his farmers and producers either at their farms or at the local Farmers Markets. The quality of his gelato and sorbetto depends on the quality of how his ingredients are grown; this is why his farmers and producers are so important for Bella Gelateria.
At “Slow Food Night at Bella Gelateria”, James will present his new gelato, made with sustainably harvested Nova Scotia apples, to show that even produce that is in danger of becoming extinct can still be enjoyed responsibly. So, please join us and make a difference while tasting the difference!
Hope to see you there! Bella Gelateria is at 1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC!