Thursday
Oct182012

Soupstock

Over 200 top chefs from across Canada and the U.S. have been added to the all-star culinary roster for Soupstock on Sunday, October 21, in Toronto’s Woodbine Park (11 am-4 pm). The chefs will offer original soup creations that celebrate Ontario’s rich agricultural bounty. Local farmers and producers have generously donated more than 10,000 pounds of fresh ingredients, from leeks and carrots to beets and bones, that will be used in the soups.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelming support from our colleagues in the culinary, food and farming communities,” said Chef Michael Stadtländer from the Canadian Chefs’ Congress, which is co-hosting the event with the David Suzuki Foundation. “We hope the generosity and enthusiasm of over 200 chefs and dozens of producers who donated more than 10,000 pounds of ingredients will help bring tens of thousands of people out on Sunday to celebrate our food, farmland and water.”
Joining Chef Stadtländer are well-known culinary champions like Jamie Kennedy, Brad Long, Susur Lee and Donna Dooher. Participating chefs will come from as far away as New Brunswick and Alberta, including chefs from Buffalo and Boston, the latter being the home of the $25-billion dollar Baupost Group that is backing the controversial Highland Mega-Quarry.
“Having the Boston Chefs Collaborative join Soupstock helps to connect the dots between the money backing the proposed Mega-Quarry and the landscape of great agricultural, cultural and ecological importance that the project would destroy,” said the David Suzuki Foundation’s Faisal Moola.
Soupstock will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and will include 85 food stations offering different soup options during the day. George Stroumboulopoulos and Our Lady Peace’s Jeremy Taggart will host the event. It will feature a dynamic lineup of established artists like Blue Rodeo veteran Jim Cuddy and guitarist Jesse Cook, as well as several up-and-coming artists from the city’s indie music scene.
Soupstock is a sequel to 2011’s Foodstock, where dozens of chefs, farmers, musicians and 28,000 supporters gathered to protest against the proposed Mega-Quarry in the Township of Melancthon 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto. The Mega-Quarry would permanently destroy more than 2,300 acres (930 hectares) of the best potato farmland in Ontario and require 600-million litres of water to be pumped out of the pit each day in perpetuity. Up to one million Ontarians downstream rely on this water.
Admission to the event is free and tickets will be sold for soup at $10 for three servings. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bowls, spoons and napkins and wear weather-appropriate clothes and footwear. There will be a bicycle valet service for bikes and all are encouraged to come by foot, transit or bike.
For more information, please visit www.soupstock.ca, or contact:
Jode Roberts, David Suzuki Foundation 647 456 9752 (cell) or email: jroberts@davidsuzuki.org
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