FOODSTOCK: Save the land that feeds us80 of Canada's best chefs cook up a storm to help Stop The MegaQuarry.
September 12th, 2011Honeywood, ON - On Sunday, October 16th 80 chefs from Nunavut toSaskatchewan to Nova Scotia will descend on a small Ontario farmingcommunity south of Collingwood, ON to help put a stop to a proposedmega quarry project that would obliterate thousands of acres of high yield,Class 1 farmland. The prospect of turning so much prime cropland close tothe GTA into stone has got food safety, sustainability and sovereigntyadvocates on the rocks.The event, known as FOODSTOCK, promises to live up to its '60s erainspiration, with an anticipated crowd of 20,000 people in attendance.Celebrated chef Michael Stadtländer-whose nearby Eigensinn Farm andHaisai Restaurant have become internationally celebrated gourmetdestinations-is heading up the event together with the Canadian Chef'sCongress.FOODSTOCK is a pay-what-you-can event featuring gourmet dishedprepared by 80 of Canada's top chefs, including Jamie Kennedy andCanoe Restaurant's Andrew Walsh. There will also be music by the likes of Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, Sarah Harmer and a host of others, as well asscientist headliners speaking in opposition to the proposed mega quarry.The mega quarry proposal in question was put forward this spring by TheHighland Companies, a Canadian corporation created by Boston-basedhedge fund the Baupost Group. The proposed quarry would:· Be Canada's largest open pit quarry at 2,316 acres· Require extraction of 600 million litres of water per day FOREVER,affecting the watersheds of southern Ontario rivers