All available seats for the Northwestern Ontario Forum for Food, Farms & Tourism have been sold.  Please contact us to have your name put on a list for future events.

If every region has its own flavour, how do we define ours?

This one-day conference aims to make new connections between agricultural, foodservice, industrial and hospitality stakeholders from across Northwestern Ontario.  Inspired by keynote speaker Jamie Kennedy and guided by experts with the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, we'll explore ways to promote foods produced within the region both to visitors and among our own communities.

Who Should Attend?

This gathering is open to anyone with an interest in promoting the awareness, production, sales or value of foods produced in Northwestern Ontario.

If you're involved in farming, food service, hospitality, food processing or economic development, the Forum offers the opportunity to meet potential suppliers and customers, allies and supporters interested in working with you to develop the value of your local-food proposition. Throughout the day, you'll be encouraged to participate in discussions designed to create new connections and partnerships, to help overcome barriers of understanding and communications, and to help map out the next steps we can take to grow individual businesses, partnerships and a regional identity.



Learn & Connect

Fabulous Local Food

Celebrate local food with us as attendees get to know one another over breakfast, lunch, breaks and a closing reception featuring delicious local-food dishes.
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Networking Reception & Trade Show

Show and tell. See and hear. Taste and share. The best way to reach people is still face-to-face.
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A Program Focused on Discussion

Come prepared to share your perspective and learn more about your neighbours in the region.
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Everyone is welcome. Register before December 31 and save $10!
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Speakers & Facilitators

Panelist: Kevin Belluz, Belluz Farms

After completing a B.Sc. in Plant Biology at Guelph as a President’s Scholar, Kevin worked in Alberta and England for a  greenhouse and horticultural supply company before settling down on […]

Keynote: Chef Jamie Kennedy

For nearly three decades, Jamie Kennedy has been instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada. His innovative approach to gastronomy, commitment to sustainable agriculture and advocacy of local food have been unwavering.
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Facilitator: Rebecca Mackenzie, OCTA

As the Executive Director for the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, Rebecca relishes the opportunity to explore the tastes and places of Ontario.
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Panelist: Nikos Mantis

Chef Nikos Mantis launched Pinetree Catering in 2013 after spending a decade and a half growing his skill-set and studying the food traditions of cultures from the world over.
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