Slow Food the County Update

March/April Update

Mark your calendars - upcoming Slow Food the County Events

1. Slow Food the County will be holding its Annual General Meeting at Casa Dea Winery on Greer Road at 2 PM on Sunday 21 April. In addition to our business meeting, we will have a producer's fair with booths from farmers and other producers. If you are interested in having a booth, please contact Priority will be given to SF members. Snacks will be provided and Casa Dea wines will be available to purchase by the glass.

2. On March 16th, we be holding our The Great Prohibition Cocktail Party at Gilead Distillery at 66 Gilead Rd. in the County. Chef Michael Hoy will be providing appetizers to accompany the cocktails made from Gilead Distillery's excellent products. There are a limited number of spaces but still a few available at $ 45 per person. Contact Cynthia Peters at

3. On April 20th, we will be holding a Spanish themed dinner at a private residence in Milford. Chef Meghan Van Horne of the Regent Café will prepare a five course dinner based on her internship in Spain. Matching wines will be provided and the total cost per person will be $ 100. There are 12 places in total and there are only a few left. Contact us at to register.

SF and NFU Launch New Initiative

SF the County and Local 334 of the National Farmers' Union have launched a new fund to support sustainable farmers. Each organization has put up $ 1000 to support new and innovative initiatives by a sustainable farmer in Hastings, Prince Edward or Northumberland Counties. The money could be provided as a loan, a bursary or a grant. For more details and to apply contact either or

Events that you might be interested in

Beyond the City Lights Rural Tourism Conference - on 20 March at Marantha Church at 100 College St. in Belleville from 8:30 to 4:00. For registration and more information go to

Artisan Cooking Classes at From the Farm Cooking School: April is Artisan month at the school. Learn the art of bread baking or sausage making. Many classes available throughout the Spring & Summer. Visit for details and to sign up.
April 14th – Bread Baking with Henry Willis of Humble Bread (Sold out, waiting list only)
April 27th – Sausage Making with Angelo Bean (spots available)

Terroir - Get Dirty in the County 25 May. A celebration of County wines from noon to 6 PM at the Crystal Palace. For more information see

Volunteer opportunities

There are a number of upcoming food related events that need some help.

1. Maple in the County needs some folks to work on their new initiative, Sugar Shack Shindig from 4 to 11 PM on March 23. You will only have to work a few hours and then enjoy this new sweet tradition. So grab your long johns, farm boots and plaid jacket and join in.

Go to for more info. Contact to volunteer.

2. Terroir - needs some volunteers for a variety of tasks. Some jobs will include some heavy lifting, carrying sound gear, tables and chairs, etc. as well as putting up fences and side walls both before and after the event. They will also need people during the event as runners for fresh ice, to empty spittoons etc. Each shift will only be a few hours so you can enjoy the event. If you are interested, contact Scott Rondeau at

3. Terroir Run - Sunday 26th May. Last year a number of SF volunteers worked at the Run, registering runners, helping along the route, registering finishers, serving food and wine and preparing food. They need four or five volunteers starting at 8 AM and going through til the end of the afternoon. Contact if you want to volunteer. Or contact Terroir Run is donating $ 5 per runner to Slow Food the County. Thanks Rebecca and Andrew once again.

4. Great Canadian Cheese Festival - 1 & 2 June is once again looking for volunteers for a wide variety of tasks, including ticket takers, movers of furniture, set up and tear down. For more info on the festival see and to volunteer contact Becky Lamb at

5. Slow Food at the Cheese Festival – once again the Cheese Festival is giving us a booth and we need people to staff it in 4 hour shifts each day. Contact if you are interested.