Monday, March 19, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 19, 2012

Foodie news and events in and around Saskatoon – fair trade, Spanish wine, human library, eat local - cook local, bison and ziplines 

Fair Trade, March 21/22
Michael Zelmer, Fairtrade Canada’s Director of Communications, will be speaking in Saskatoon this week:

7 pm, March 21How Fair is your Fair Trade? – presentation and fair trade fair (The Refinery)

3-4:30 pm, March 22Co-operative Solutions: How the Fair Trade and organic coffee markets support forested ecosystems on Nicaraguan coffee farmsCentre for the Study of Cooperatives Lecture Series (Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building, UofS)

Human Library, March 24 
You can check out a book with a difference on Saturday, March 24, 10:30 am to 5 pm, at the Saskatoon Public Library. Rather than physical books, the Human Library is an opportunity to talk to individuals who have experienced social prejudice or stereotypes. Here are two examples:

Arati, Spicing Up Saskatchewan – an immigrant who began her Canadian career as an operating room nurse but has gone on to create Chatty’s – a spice business to make Indian cuisine available and accessible in her adoptive country

Karen, Growing Community with Community Gardens – an experienced community gardener who would love to discuss ways of producing healthy food and improving the local food system while also meeting new neighbours and getting more exercise

Congratulations to all the participants. It takes courage to share your beliefs and experiences publicly.

Spanish Wine and Tapas, March 30 
I'm planning to attend Souleio’s monthly wine tasting  from 6-9 pm on March 30. For $15, you can sample four wines, including the Parés Baltà Brut Cava. Tapas will be available for $8-12 a plate. Seating is limited; phone 979-8102 to reserve.
Think Global Eat Local, April 13 
CHEP Good Food Inc. and Health Everywhere will present the seventh annual Think Global Eat Local dinner at 6 pm, April 13, at the Hilton Garden Inn. The meal, featuring international cuisine, will be followed by a silent auction, entertainment, music and dancing. The proceeds help support CHEP’s community food programming.

Eat Alberta (Saskatoon?)
Eat Alberta is a mix of hands-on and demonstration workshops, tasting sessions, and presentations from leaders in the Edmonton food community – from Sourdough 101, Knife Skills, and Preserving Vegetables, to Beer Appreciation and Making Salad Rolls at Home.

Organizers hope that participants will learn how to use and source local food as well as develop nurturing and ongoing relationships with one another and with those that produce our food.

Eat Alberta is organized by local food bloggers. This is where the non-mainstream media really comes into its own as it moves from researching and writing to doing and leading. I’d love to see a similar event in Saskatoon – maybe a partnership between Slow Food and Transition Saskatoon?

Ag-West Bio – Sea Buckthorn 
My article about Northern Vigor Berries was republished in the March 2012 issue of Ag-West Bio’s publication, Bio-Bulletin.

EcoFriendly Sask – Bison and Ziplines
My “other” online publication is EcoFriendly Sask, and I’ve interviewed some really cool people lately who demonstrate that caring about the environment can be fun and profitable.

Come Out and Play: Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures – the Prairies’ first canopy zipline tour also serves as park ambassador and nature advocate

Stewardship: A Critical Role for Landowners – a free-ranging herd of prairie bison and the ranchers who watch out for them

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