Food In The News


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MPP hopefuls go head to head

By Nathan Taylor

orillia matters - May 23rd, 2018

Jill Dunlop found herself on the defensive Tuesday evening during a candidates meeting that focused on food security.

During the meeting at Lakehead University, presented by the Orillia Food Council, candidates seeking Simcoe North residents’ support in the June 7 provincial election were grilled on issues of food security, or insecurity, and how they and their parties would address the problem, though the discussion often veered to other matters.

A theme emerged among three of four candidates who...


Sustainable Food Action Plan in the Works 




by Ken Hashizume

Sunshine 89 News - Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

A group is looking to develop a sustainable food action plan in Orillia.
There was deputation by Emily Wilson, Lori Hunter, and Jacob Kearny-Morland from the Orillia Food Council at Monday's Council meeting.
Council granted their request to have a City staff member be a part of their working group in developing this plan...

Rogers TV Barrie - May 18th, 2018

Tonight on Viewpoint the discussion is focussed on food scarcity and supporting our local food systems.



No terrible twos for Orillia Food Festival


By Patrick Bales

Orillia Packet and Times - August 26th, 2017

The importance of local food was showcased once again at the Orillia Food Festival.

The second annual event made its presence felt at both the downtown Orillia Farmers' Market and the ODAS Park Farmers' Market Saturday morning, where more than a dozen vendors at each location had samples of their products ready to be gobbled up.

Louise Cohen, one of the organizers from the Orillia Food Council...

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Common but 'not a very visible problem' is a plague in our region

By Dave Dawson

Orillia Matters - May 17th 2018

City councillors got a glimpse into a widespread, often overlooked problem that is rampant in our region and has a devastating impact on tens of thousands of people.

That problem is household food insecurity, said Jane Shrestha, a public health nutritionist for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, who brought the issue to the council table this week.

“Household food insecurity is defined as inadequate or...


Local food festival to tickle tastebuds with fare from Orillia area

By Frank Matys

Orillia packet and times - August 20th, 2017

Have a hankering for a homegrown beet?

Relish the flavour of a freshly picked radish?

Organizers of the second-annual Local Food Festival are hoping to satisfy those cravings by bringing together producers of deliciously nutritious fare during a celebration of the area’s bounty.

“We have a very active, very big, old established agricultural community...