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Canadian edition of U.K.’s Big Feastival launches this August in Ontario

TORONTO –A food and music festival conceived by British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in the United Kingdom is coming to Canada this August. The Big Feastival Canada will showcase music on one stage, Canadian chefs cooking live on another, and family entertainment elsewhere. The inaugural event is slated to take place at Burl’s Creek Event …

Bring your own containers: Low and zero waste food stores try to go green

TORONTO—A huge island of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean was the inspiration for two entrepreneurs to launch retail initiatives featuring low-waste packaging and bring-your-own containers. They’re joining an environmental movement found in many European countries in which stores and customers seek to reduce household waste, sending less to landfill. Crystal Lehky opened Green Zero …

Canadian chef James Olberg takes on the world at Bocuse d’Or

TORONTO—Focus will be the name of the game when James Olberg dons his chef’s whites for the biggest competition of his life. He’s been fixated for months on gruelling preparations for the biennial Bocuse d’Or competition, slated to take place Tuesday and Wednesday in Lyon, France. Olberg will be representing Canada and competing against 23 …

Chefs in ‘Moosemeat and Marmalade’ offer insight into diverse cultures, methods

TORONTO – Art Napoleon and Dan Hayes appear to be an unlikely pair, but they both bring passion and knowledge from their diverse backgrounds as they explore food cultures and traditions in the TV show “Moosemeat and Marmalade.” Napoleon is a wild game foodie and bush cook who grew up living off the land in …

Fridge or countertop? How to store fresh summer produce to avoid wastage

TORONTO – With vibrant fresh fruit and vegetables mounded high at farmers markets and grocery stores, it’s natural to want to stock up to make salsas, jams and pickles. But if you aren’t storing items correctly to maximize flavour and freshness – or buying too much and not using it up – you’re wasting it. …

Canadians who don’t cook turning to convenience of delivery, including meal kits

TORONTO—Experts say Canadians are spending less time cooking meals from scratch at home and are increasingly turning to the convenience of food delivery services, including the burgeoning meal-kit market. Research by marketing analysis company NPD Group suggests 75 per cent of all meals are now typically prepared in 15 minutes or less as Canadians rely …

Canada’s food environment unhealthy with ‘swamps’ and ‘mirages’

TORONTO – Canada’s food landscape is becoming awash in swamps, or areas where there’s an overabundance of unhealthy items, says a University of Saskatchewan professor. And no matter where in Canada you live or what your income level is, accessing healthy food is not always easy, says Rachel Engler-Stringer. “Think about your day-to-day movement throughout …

Dos and don’ts of shopping at farmers markets

TORONTO – Farmers markets might be intimidating for those used to whipping around large supermarkets with a list in hand. But most shoppers become hooked by the array of the freshest food available and the chance to discuss with the actual producers where it came from. “It’s just different than going to a grocery store. …

Where’s the beef? Vegans find ways to indulge in lookalike junk food like burgers

TORONTO – Just because you follow a vegan diet doesn’t mean you don’t want to indulge in a burger. “People don’t just go vegan to be healthy. For a lot of people it’s an animal issue, but they still want burgers and bacon and everything else so they’re looking for those really satisfying substitutes for …

‘Fartzee Shmartzee’ book character educates children about healthy eating

TORONTO—Taking a bite out of childhood obesity is the goal of a children’s book that uses humour to make the connection between food and health. In “Fartzee Shmartzee’s Fabulous Food Fest,” Adam Michael Segal uses an animated character to champion healthy eating. Segal, a writer specializing in health and wellness, found himself increasingly disturbed at …