FRESH the movie

Fresh is a new documentary by Ana Sofia Joanes that examines the consequences of our industrial food system and offers a practical alternative for how we grow, buy and eat our food. Some of the food activists featured in the film are urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, who challenges the Wal-Mart dominated economy.

I am currently organizing the Toronto FRESH Event. This event will include lectures, workshops, farm to table dinners and will culminate in the screening of the movie on August 26th from 6:30pm - 9:00pm at the Bloor Cinema. This page will be updated as more events are confirmed.

Event details can also be found at the FRESH website.

If you or your organization are interested in participating, or if you would like further information regarding the movie and the event, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

The Toronto FRESH Event

Toronto Premiere Screening of FRESH the Movie and Panel Discussion

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Bloor Cinema
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Tickets are $10.00 at the door.
This is a one night, special screening.
The screening will start at 6:30pm and the panel discussion will begin immediately after the film, and run from about 8pm-9pm.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Wayne Roberts, food activist and chair of the Toronto Food Policy Council. The panelists include Chef Brad Long, owner of Veritas and co-host of Food Network Canada's Restaurant Makeover, Chris Wong, co-founder of Young Urban Farmers,  Debbie Field, Executive Director of FoodShare and inaugural winner of the Green Toronto Award for Local Food and Tammara Soma of Sustain Ontario and the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council.


Toronto FRESH Events

Farm to Table Dinners:

2010 Harvest Wednesday at The Gladstone                                Purchase Ticket
The Gladstone Hotel
Wednesday August 18, 2010
Summer Tasting 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ticket price: $19.95 pp (including wine and beer tasting)

Join us for the opening event for this year's Harvest Wednesday series at The Gladstone Hotel. The beloved local food series returns for its fifth harvest season. On Wednesdays each month, Chef Marc Breton offers urbanites farm fresh fare and an opportunity to experience the unparalleled flavour of foods harvested during our local growing season. Check out the flavours of Ontario’s summer harvest! Sample our chef’s canapés creations along with locally produced wines, beers and live music. Meet the farmer and producers. Make this event a prelude to dinner in our Ballroom Café or Melody Bar!

The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket for Harvest Wednesday at the Gladstone click here to purchase a ticket online.


Farm to Table Dinner at The Beast                                          Purchase Ticket
The Beast Restaurant with Matchbox Garden and Seed Co.
Monday August 23, 2010
Ticket price: $50.00 pp (bring your own VQA wine, no corkage fee)

The Beast has partnered with Matchbox Garden and Seed Co. to create an evening of dining that highlights the best in local fare. Your dinner will start with canapés and Ontario Sparkling Wine followed by a salad and then family style platters of grilled meat and vegetables. You will end your evening with a homemade dessert. Drinks will be available for purchase from the bar or you may bring your favourite VQA wine to enjoy with your meal, no corkage fee.
As well, a representative from Matchbox Garden and Seed Co. will be at the Beast to speak about sustainable agriculture.

The Beast
96 Tecumseth St.
Toronto, ON
M6J 2H1

Space is limited for this event, so please purchase your ticket in advance.
If you are interested in purchasing a ticket contact The Beast at [email protected] or by phone at 647-352-6000.


FRESH Event Workshops and Tastings:

Gardening Workshop and Potluck                                                    Register Now
Carrville Gardens
Sunday, August 15
3:00 - 8:00 pm
Ticket price: free

Canadian Organic Growers - Toronto ( is partnering with Carville Community Garden as part of the Toronto Fresh Event to host a potluck and garden experience. People are invited to come at 3:00 pm for a supervised gardening and learning session. You can get your hands in the dirt. This is your chance to learn and experience organic gardening methods and find out what biodynamic gardening is all about. At 5:30 pm, we will join in a potluck dinner at the garden. In honour of organic and biodynamic gardening, we invite you to bring dishes made with organic ingredients. And if possible bring your own dishes and utensils to save on excess garbage and make this a truly green experience.

Carville Community Garden
9100 Bathurst Street
Thornhill ON
L4J 8C7

Carrville Community Garden is communal biodynamic gardening at it’s finest. Together members organize, grow and share an acre and a half of diverse vegetables and herbs. They do not own or rent individual plots, but share the bounty and work of one well organized and run garden with many more options and growing choices. o register for this event please e-mail [email protected]

Chocosol Chocolate in Motion Workshops                                     Register Now
Chocosol Chocolate Loft
Friday, August 20, 2010
Workshops: 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm
Ticket price: $20.00 paid at the door

Bring your friends, classmates or co-workers and help us put the “art” into our artisanal chocolate with one of our great workshops on the eco-ethics behind Chocosol’s chocolate in our convivial kitchen!
The workshop includes a discussion about the history of chocolate and the health benefits of chocolate. You will also have a chance to help with production using eco-technologies and, of course, there will be chocolate tastings.

Chocosol Chocolate Loft
6 St. Joseph Street
4th Floor - Cacao Loft
Toronto, ON

Workshops at 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm
Ticket cost is $20, paid at the door.
Reservations must be placed in advance, as space is limited.
If you are interested in booking a space in one of the workshops please send an e-mail to [email protected]. Please include the number of participants, your contact information and preferred time.


A Fresh Way to Get Involved in Urban Agriculture                        Register Now
FoodShare Centre of Innovation and Education
Monday, August 23, 2010
5:30pm to 7:00pm 
Ticket Price: Free

Whether you are gearing up to go back to school or interested in extending the summer season, join us for a tour of FoodShare's community food and urban agriculture programs. The evening will include a living demonstration and discussion about composting, creative gardening and city farming. Tour FoodShare's super-green new greenhouse and get a first hand look at how they are employing aquaponics, and solar heating in an urban setting.

90 Croatia Street,
Toronto, ON
M6H 1K9

This is a hands-on workshop that will provide take-home action resources.
Register by contacting Katie German at [email protected] or 416.363.6441 ext 279.


An Evening at The Stop                                                                    Register Now
The Stop Community Food Centre
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Ticket price: $10.00 donation, paid at the door

The beautiful Green Barn will be the venue for An Evening at The Stop.
Tour The Stop's Green Barn, including their greenhouse, sheltered garden and new Global Roots Garden. The evening will include a general presentation on The Stop Community Food Centre by Liz Curran. Refreshments, courtesy of Green Barn Cafe chef, Alex Tso, will be served: summer fruit strudel with herb sugar and strawberry lemon balm lemonade. 

The Stop Community Food Centre
601 Christie Street (At Christie just south of St. Clair)
Toronto, ON,
M6G 4C7

Ticket price is a $10.00 donation to The Stop Community Food Centre, paid at the door.
Reservations must be placed in advance, as space is limited.

If you are interested in registering for this event send an e-mail to [email protected]. Please include the number of participants, your contact information.

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Stone's Throw Cheese and Wine Pairing                                  
The Junction Fromagerie
Tuesday, August 24th and Wednesday, August 25, 2010
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ticket price: $20.00, paid at the door

Come and taste a selection of Ontario artisanal cheeses paired with a wine or beer offering from a local producer. Brought to you by the new Junction Fromagerie, this event is a unique chance to taste the best of local cheesemakers, wineries and breweries.  Each cheese has been paired with a wine or beer selected from the same region. Come discover what is available in our own backyard. Space is very limited for this event.

The Junction Fromagerie
3042 Dundas Street West (just west of Keele St)
Toronto, ON,
M6P 1Z3

Ticket price is $20.00, paid at the door.
Reservations must be placed in advance, as space is very limited. If you are interested in registering for this event send an e-mail to [email protected]. Please include the number of participants, your contact information and preferred time.


FRESH! A community screening sponsored by Bernardin
West End Food Co-op &; Sorauren Farmers’ Market At Wabash Field House, Sorauren Park
Monday, August 30, 2010 (Raindate to be announced)
8:30pm (stake your spot at 8pm) 
Ticket price: $10.00 donation to the West End Food Co-op. 

Come celebrate the accomplishments of the sustainable food movement. Join your friends, neighbours and community for a movie night under the stars.
Following the weekly Sorauren farmers’ market, WEFC, through the generous support of Bernardin, will be screening “FRESH the movie” in Sorauren Park. FRESH “celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system…forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.”

Sorauren Farmer's Market                                                  
260 Sorauren Ave
South of Dundas Street just off Roncesvalles
Toronto, Ontario
We hope you will join us in this exciting summer event. For more information, please contact: [email protected].
Ticket price is a $10.00 donation to West End Food Co-op. This ticket gives you a complementary $5 co-op membership.
Please BYOB (Bring your own blanket)


The Toronto FRESH Event Partners include:






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