Halton set to host third annual Food Tourism Summit

Regional Council is committed to making Halton a destination of choice and helping the agricultural community succeed. We have something for everyone and we offer both residents and visitors some of the finest restaurants with access to the best local foods and farms. We have a vibrant agricultural sector and Halton Region continues to engage with our local farming community to find new and innovative ways to promote the connection between local agriculture and food distribution systems. Strengthening this connection is what the upcoming Halton Region Food Tourism Summit: From Farmer to Farmpreneur is all about.

On Thursday, February 25, Halton will host the third annual summit. This event offers a great networking opportunity for Halton chefs, restaurateurs, farmers and tourism professionals, as well as interested residents. It also provides attendees with information about some strategies that can help them benefit from the rapidly growing local food movement.

This year’s event will showcase some entrepreneurial initiatives in the industry and provide insight on how to grow agri-businesses while further contributing to the economic vitality of the agricultural and culinary communities. The summit will feature two keynote speakers Brant Preston and Linda Reader, a panel discussion with the Farm Women of Halton, a break-out session about the Halton Region Pumpkin Trail and several networking opportunities.

Our farming and agricultural community is a key part of our economy, and one that Halton will continue to support through the development and delivery of the Comprehensive Rural Strategy, the Agri-tourism Action Plan and the work of the Halton Agricultural Advisory Committee (HAAC). The agriculture and farming industry has great potential for sustainable growth, and through cooperative action and partnership with the culinary community, this sector will continue to play an important role in making Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

The Halton Region Food Tourism Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Country Heritage Park (Gambrel Barn) in Milton. The event is free of charge and will feature a complimentary breakfast and locally-sourced lunch. For registration and event details, please visit halton.ca/foodtourism or dial 311.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”