Taste Real Field Dinner

“Get ready to loosen your belts!” said Mark Kenny, toasting the two hundred guests attending Taste-Real event, in Puslinch, Ontario.

Taste-Real’s Field Dinner celebrates Guelph and Wellington’s fresh harvest. It is a fundraiser event for local food agencies, such as the Guelph Food Bank and the Garden Fresh Food Box Program.

The most important part of this whole event: the local food.

“Local Food means starting at your home, growing what you can, and going out from there” said Kate Vsetula, a volunteer coordinator at the event, “There’s nothing better than knowing where your food comes from, and supporting your local economy, and the health of your family.”

This year’s special guest included Chef Lynn Crawford from the Food Network, who could not stress the importance of local food. “Its all about the chefs, the farmers, the growers coming together to share a wonderful meal on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon.”

The local chefs were preparing roasted farm fresh chicken, while bakers prepared their local grain bread. Even the students of the local Food School were preparing a local peach dessert.

“If I can connect directly to the person who produced without the supply chain between us, I can have a better handle on community,” said baker, David MacRae, “the personal connection makes it taste better.”

The funds raised goes in part to the Guelph Food Bank, where food isn’t just non-perishable.

“Buy local and share local,” said Tracy Marchesich, from the Guelph food bank “A lot of people have the misconception that the food bank is only boxes and cans, but that’s not the case. We have the capacity for ten skids worth of product in our walk-in fridge, so we are trying to encourage the community to donate fresh as well.”

The people really enjoyed themselves, as everyone agreed: “Local just tastes better!”

Check out the photos from the event!

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What is Local Food

Here in Southern Ontario, we have some of the most nutrient rich land, yet we rely on a lot of imported food, processed food, and convenient food.

Our viewpoint of food since the industrial revolution has shifted from local to global. Imagine the layperson of old England eating a pineapple.  Yet, the trend of local food has yet again arisen with Alisa Smith & J. B. MacKinnon’s “100 mile diet: a year of eating locally” 

This poses a question to me: Is eating local really better?

Pros:

  • Fresher, tastier food
  • Healthier, less preservatives
  • the knowledge of where the food has come from
  • more personal
  • free range meat

Cons

  • not a diverse diet
  • expensive
  • harder to find
  • not year round

By mentioning these, I hope to explore each point.

People are being more conscious about what they are putting into their bodies through food. We are also putting more emphasis on global environmental issues and how food is involved in those issues.

Local food is by far important. I am hoping to use this forum to find an answer to how important it is.

 

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