Learning About Local and Global Fishing at The Stop

Thank you to all who joined Slow Food Toronto for the Slow Fish event on Saturday, June 18th. We had wonderful talks from Andrew Akiwenzie of Akiwenzie’s Fish & More and Dan Donovan of Hooked Inc. It was interesting to learn about how fishing has changed in the Georgian Bay area and how certain pressures – governance, environmental, and economic – are problematic for the waters and their entire ecosystems. Andrew spoke specifically about the gradual reduction of the Whitefish over the years and how the introduction of non-native species has caused major disruptions to the balance of the ecosystem. He also noted how technologies like GPSs and smartphones are changing how youth interact with the waters. Dan spoke about his efforts with Slow Fish Canada / Slow Fish International to push for fair fishing in water bodies across North America and ensure that the rights of small fishers and fisheries are protected. Like Andrew, he also spoke about the privatization of fishing and the effects this is having on biodiversity.

To top it off, we had three different dishes prepared by local chefs. See the mouth-watering pictures below. Thank you to all who made this event a success! See you soon!

Photos by Edmund Rek, all rights reserved.

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Paul DeCampo started the event off by talking about Slow Food and the importance of good, clean & fair food.
Andrew Akiwenzie spoke next and talked about his life as a traditional fisherman in the Georgian Bay area. Here he talks about how it’s hard on the body over time, even if it is a rewarding profession!

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Slow Fish Taste and Talk

slow-food-toronto-mary-l-walesJoin Slow Food Toronto, Hooked Inc. and Akiwenzie’s Fish & More for a Slow Fish Taste and Talk on Saturday, June 18th, 2016!

At this event, the Akiwenzie family, the founders of Akiwenzie’s Fish & More, along with Dan Donovan, the founder of Hooked Inc., will speak about what they do — and why!! They’s also talk about sustainable fishing in general, and guests will be able to enjoy carefully-prepared dishes made with sustainable, wild-caught Ontario fish (procured from Akiwenzies).  The dishes will be made by Chris Schroer of The Cure, Kyle Rindinella of Pizzeria Libretto and Justin Cournoyer of Actinolite.

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (right after the market)

Costs: $25 per person / $20 for Slow Food Members. ($5 from each ticket will be donated to The Stop).


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Terroni + Slow Food: March 7th, 2016

February 16, 2016

Terroni-slow-food-torontoMonday, March 7th at 6:30pm* we will be hosting a very special dinner in our new space “Sala da Pranzo”, 57 Adelaide St. East.

Historically, when food was scarce, people learned how to stretch and make the most of what they had. Pane Avanzato literally means ‘leftover bread’ and there are countless recipes that have come from the habit of reusing bread to make a second meal.

In collaboration and in support of Slow Food, Terroni will be serving a four course dinner with 3oz wine pairings to highlight some of our favourite traditional sustainable meals.

The food and wine selections will be generously provided by many of our local partners who will, over the course of the evening, share some of their stories and philosophies tied into sustainability and variety which can often seem like a challenge in the winter months. Honoured guest speakers: Slow Food Toronto, 100K, Tawse Winery, Fogo Island’s Tony Cobb & Janice Thomson, Cumbrae’s Stephen Alexander, Terroni Executive Chef Giovanna Alonzi, and Master of Ceremonies Francesco Laudini.

This not-for-profit event promises to be an opportunity to learn more about Slow Food and why the work of our speakers is so important to our community.

This will be a night to remember, we are looking forward to sharing it with you!



Terra Madre Day @ The Hogtown Cure

November 28, 2015

the-cure-slow-food-torontoJoin the Toronto Slow Food Convivium in a pot-luck dinner to celebrate Terra Madre Day.  All are welcome, please bring your favourite locally-sourced dish.

A great opportunity to mingle and meet the new organising committee members, and plan for 2016.

When?: December 7th, 2015, 6:30  – 9 PM

Where?: The Hogtown Cure, 1484 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON

Ontario craft beer and VQA wine available

Plates and cutlery provided! Please label your dish with ingredients 🙂


In 2009 the very first Terra Madre Day was organized by Slow Food and saw more than 1,000 events take place across 120 countries — one of the largest collective occasions celebrating food diversity and the right to good, clean and fair food ever achieved on a global scale.

Terra Madre Day (December 10th, 2015) is an opportunity for the entire Slow Food network to celebrate local food and promote sustainable production and consumption to their communities and local decision makers. Thousands of actions in all corners of the world highlight the united Slow Food vision and the diversity we are striving to maintain.

Terra Madre Day @ ChocoSol

November 24, 2015

Join ChocoSol and Slow Food Toronto on Terra Madre Day to celebrate and taste-test the simple, elegant, yet important tortilla and nacho! Terra Madre Day is a time to envision a global alternative food model that is rooted in local economies and is imbued with a respect for the environment and traditional knowledge.

When: December 10th, 6 – 10 PM

Where: ChocoSol, 1131 Saint Clair Avenue West (Near Dufferin and St Clair, beside the Ontario School of Ballet)

What exactly?: Sample  local  and non-local tortillas from around Toronto, and join the convivial conversation about maize culture in Ontario and the world. Be a part of the research! Participants will taste-test a range of tortilla and nacho products available from the Toronto area and you will be the judge of the best taste and flavour.

The first round will be a blind test-taste, as participants use their senses to assess the quality of each product. In the second phase of the taste-test, participants will learn about the  the story of the product and its ingredients. ChocoSol believes that food tastes best when it comes from our region.

Following the tasting there will be two presentations: first, Slow Food Toronto will discuss their philosophy of ‘good, clean, fair’ food in relation to the tortilla and Terra Madre Day; second, ChocoSol’s founder Michael Sacco will reveal the simple elegance of the local and organic tortilla, and the work of ChocoSol’s Tortilla Project. There will also be time to meet local maize farmers and producers, and share ideas for a more equitable and just food system.

Tickets available HERE. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and by donation for Slow Food Toronto members.

Picnic Pot-Luck for Pamela

June 4, 2015

Spamela-slow-food-torontolow Food Toronto will be hosting a Picnic Potluck to celebrate the late Pamela Cuthbert, active member of the Slow Food community and amazing woman, near Trinity Bellwoods Park during their weekly Farmers’ Market.

When: Tuesday June 16th, 6-9pm during the Farmers’ Market

Where: 257 Shaw Street inside the Byzantine Slovak Cathedral near Trinity Bellwoods Park

Tickets: RSVP here – Slow Food Members $5; Public $10; Kids FREE

Good to Know: Bring a local/seasonal dish to share (up to four portions), your own plates/cutlery/napkin, BYO craft beer, VQA wine or local beverage of choice. All are welcome to bring their fondest memories of Pamela to share if you so choose.

2015 Annual General Meeting

May 27, 2015

At the end of April 2015, Slow Food Toronto came together to hold the Annual General Meeting – it was a lovely gathering at The Hogtown Cure which brought together a variety of community members looking to support good, clean and fair food.

These are the minutes from that meeting, taken by Jeffrey Levitt.

Minutes of 2015 Slow Food Toronto Annual General Meeting

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of Slow Food Toronto Convivium  was held on April 26, 2015 at Hogtown Cure, 1484 Dundas Street west, Toronto, Ontario.

The meeting was called to order at 3:40 p.m. by Dawn Woodward, Leader of Slow Food Toronto.

Dawn reviewed the Agenda for the meeting.

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Tales from Terra Madre 2014


Slow Food Toronto supported several Youth Delegates to attend and participate in Terra Madre 2014 in Turin, Italy this past Fall through a financial contribution. Our fundraisers, members and donors helped to make a magical experience possible for these youths – here are their stories of Terra Madre.

Megan Giffen

slow-food-toronto-terra-madre-2014“I began my Salone Del Gusto Terra Madre journey filled with excitement, a sense of nervousness and anxiety. I was excited to try new flavours and meet like minded people, nervous because I didn’t know what to expect and anxious that I hadn’t done enough or known enough to be there. Little did I know the next five days would be a constant tidal wave of inspiration. My taste buds were in heaven.  I was privy to tasting fresh in season white truffles, cheese aged in a cave in Slovenia, Jang (a Korean soy cure all) fermented by Korean monks, a six course meal made by six aspiring female chefs who each thoughtfully crafted dishes that explained their life stories.

I experienced food as an art, food as spirituality, food as tradition, food as politics, celebration and medicine. Medicine not only for our own bodies, but for the earth, the animals and social problems. All of these medicines involved the art of putting time, love, passion, and traditional methods into our food, to create real, great, slow food.

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Terra Madre Day 2014

November 28, 2014

Since 2009, each year on December 10 – Slow Food’s anniversary – food communities and Slow Food convivia around the world celebrate eating locally and sustainable local food production in more than a 1,000 events: collective meals, community festivals, protests, workshops for children, excursions to producers and much more are held to promote local food traditions and demonstrate the Slow Food philosophy of good, clean and fair food to communities, media and decision makers.

This year Slow Food Toronto welcomes you to come celebrate Terra Madre Day with us with a pot-luck dinner.

Date: Wednesday, December 10th

Time: 7:30 pm

Tickets: Donation of $5 per person – get yours in advance here

Location: Evelyn’s Crackers Kitchen – 1540 Eglinton Ave West

Good to know: The Slow Food Toronto team will be providing a variety of foods from the ark of taste and seasonal items from local farmers’ markets, everyone is encouraged to bring something to share (food or drink) along with a description of the dish and it’s contents

We welcome all Slow Food Toronto Members and other Slow Food supporters and allies to join in the celebration!

Book launch and reading of Foodshed: An Edible Prairie Alphabet

October 23, 2014

food-shed-edible-prairie-appetite-slow-food-torontoThe event will be held in a private home from 6pm to 9pm. It will be a cost informal potluck with dee reading selections from her book and lively conversation regarding local food systems and food politics. Please RSVP to: leader@slowfood.to for more details/event location. Space is limited! Please see below for more information on dee and why we are so happy to have this opportunity to host this event.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s award-winning journalism, poetry and fiction has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and literary journals in Canada, the USA and elsewhere, including her popular food column that ran for eight years in The Calgary Herald. Dee is a farmer’s daughter and grand-daughter, a fifth-generation prairie dweller, a classically trained chef, caterer, talented baker and restaurateur, a best-selling author, award-winning food journalist and speaker in advocacy of local foods and sustainability.

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