Monday, April 23, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 23

Foodie news and events in and around Saskatoon – from cream horns and candied nuts, to perogies, chocolate, and urban agriculture 

A Taste of Italy, April 27
Join Mike Stiles, your charming, knowledgeable host at Souleio’s monthly wine tastings, and enjoy a Taste of Italy from 6-9 pm on April 27.

Station 20 West
Support Station 20 West by purchasing Foodstock Lottery Tickets. They are $20 each, and the top prize is a Chevy Silverado Truck and trailer. Second prize is two plane tickets anywhere in Canada and there are also six hotel and restaurant packages as prizes. The draw will be held on November 2.

Great Perogie Challenge
Rumour has it that YDC and Three Sisters/Nestor’s Bakery are out to break a Guinness world record this week. If you would like to make or eat perogies, check out the Saskatoon Great Perogie Challenge Facebook page.

Food and the City 
I highly recommend reading Food and the City by Edmonton author, Jennifer Cockrall-King. Cockrall-King explores urban agriculture initiatives around the world – from a winery in Kings Cross, London, England to a 30,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse in Montreal, Quebec.

The resource page on Cockrall-King’s website will give you a good idea of the breadth of the book.

Sweet Treats 
After you’ve picked up some fresh veggies, be sure and check out some of the sweet treats at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

A new vendor is selling cream horns, multi-layered tortes and more. Linda Marie’s Gourmet Toffee has candied nuts, ice cream toppings and toffee. Wild Serendipity Foods has macarons and Texas pralines. (see photos)

Jungle Chocolate
The Nature Conservancy is working with local residents of the Brazilian Amazon to switch from ranching to growing jungle crops, such as cacoa.

On a similar parcel of land, “the cattle could bring in about $2,500 per year while the cacao would bring in about $10,000 per year. And with cacao, the farmer also gets other products from the shade trees, like açai and other fruits, Brazil nuts, rubber, and wood.” In addition, this type of farming restores the damage caused by deforestation in a relatively short period of time.

Career Options: Cheesemonger 
If you love cheese, maybe you would like to become a cheesemonger. Here’s one woman’s account of her profession.

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Jennifer Cockrall-King said...

Thanks for the mention Penny!! I just spoke with dee this morning (she'll be in Edmonton on her book tour) and it seems we are all connected:) Thanks again for the plug on the book. It's great that Saskatoon plays a prominent role in the urban agriculture revolution around the world.

Penny McKinlay said...

Thanks, Jennifer. I enjoyed both the international flavour of your book and the home town mention of Wally and SPIN Farming.