Four Minute Foodies 2018: a successful event

Local foodies, business owners, activists and elected officials gathered over the lunch hour to hear seven local changemakers talk—for just four minutes each—about how they are creating positive change to our city’s food system.

“There is a vibrant food culture here, with lots of success stories and lessons learned,” said Cassandra Gosselin, co-chair of the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council. Hot on the heels of the recent publication of the Greater Sudbury Food Strategy, this event comes at a time when Sudburians are “pulling together to support local farmers and locally owned restaurants, to define our distinctive ‘taste of place’, and to increase access to healthy food for all.”

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Jolene Recollet

Some new voices were featured at this fourth-annual Four Minute Foodies event, sharing stories about the changing food landscape. Jolene Recollet spoke about Wahnapitae First Nation’s new and ongoing food programs. “I look forward to starting conversations about integrating Indigenous Food Sources into Greater Sudbury’s Food Fabric,” said Recollet, an Economic Development Officer for the community.


Fromo IMG-2519The audience of City staff, elected officials and food activists were treated to a preview of La Fromagerie’s new menu and fresh look, by new owner, Kelsey Cutinello. “We have kept the best of the old and put in some of our own flavour. We are very excited to share our passion with Sudbury!” La Fromagerie will be carrying local food products when it re-opens February 20th.

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Erica Lagios, Manager, Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative

Erica Lagios, General Manager of Eat Local Sudbury, spoke about the recent decision to close the co-op and shared some ways that eaters can still access the local produce, meat, and other goods they have come to love. “Our team would like to maintain the relationships we’ve created with local farmers over the years, and invite the community to visit the Coalition for a Livable Sudbury website to find the latest information on other retailers that carry their products, as well as contact information to reach out to our producers directly.” Interested people can also sign up to receive information about local group buying initiatives here.

FoodTourism2The lunch-time audience also got a sneak peak into the Culinary Tourism Strategy which is currently in development. Dana Jennings, Business Development Officer for the City of Greater Sudbury’s Economic Development office, focused on the Tourism sector says, “What is the one thing all tourists have in common?  They have to eat.  Let’s explore how we ensure they experience Sudbury authentic taste of place.” Greater Sudbury’s Culinary Tourism Strategy, being developed in partnership with Ontario-based Culinary Tourism Alliance, is due to launch in late March, 2018.


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Pop-Up Markets bring fresh produce to neighbourhoods that lack an accessible grocery store.

Heather Peters from the Good Food Box Pop-Up Markets informed the audience about the not-for-profit roving Market program that provides fresh fruit and veggies at cost in neighbourhoods that lack an accessible grocery store. The program started in June 2017 and was so successful it continued for an extra month, through to the end of September.

Foodrescue Logo - is a new program to Greater Sudbury which aims to re-direct food to charitable programs, saving it from the landfill. Victoria Armit is the Food Donor & Community Relations Coordinator for in the Sudbury Region. She introduced the program and welcomed attendees to sign up at if their organization may have extra food to donate to those in need.

Headshot leighanne_bio_picLeigh Anne Ceccetto spoke about Cultivate Your Neighbourhood, a school-based gardening program. Cultivate Your Neighbourhood is a relatively new program in Greater Sudbury, dedicated to engaging the youth in our school systems through community gardening based initiatives.  Leigh Anne is currently preparing for another season of engaging youth through Cultivate Your Neighbourhood, and also at the BURST Youth Leadership Camp.


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Cultivate Your Neighbourhood gets school kids growing veggies!

Locally sourced catering for Four Minute Foodies 2018 was provided by the Motley Kitchen, featuring local kale, chicken, sausage, beef, potatoes, beets and maple syrup.


Media Coverage coverage:

CTV coverage:

Sudbury Star:

Radio-Canada: (at 17h 53, click on “Comment aider les Sudburois à mieux s’alimenter?”)

Four Minute Foodies 2018: Growing a Stronger Food System in Greater Sudbury


You’re invited!

Feb 14, 2018, 12 to 1 pm

The Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council is hosting the fourth-annual Four Minute Foodies event on Wednesday, February 14th in Board Rooms C and D of the Provincial Building at Tom Davies Square, from 12 to 1 pm.

This event comes on the heels of the Greater Sudbury Food Strategy launch, and features several Sudburians who are making a difference to the way food is grown, distributed, consumed and recovered in Greater Sudbury.

Each presenter will speak for four minutes, about how they or their organization is making positive change to Sudbury’s Food System.

Click here to register for your free ticket on Eventbrite!

Greater Sudbury Food Strategy Launch & Celebration

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The Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council presents:


The Greater Sudbury Food Strategy will bring the public and key stakeholders together to share in the vision of a sustainable, equitable food system for our City. Learn about the pillars of the Food Strategy and get involved to put it into action!

Enjoy an all-local dinner catered by Co-Op Boreal!

Live music by Lisa Marie Naponse & Miss Kim Schmidt

When: November 15th, 2017 5:30-9:30 pm

Where: Aux Pied Du Rocher restaurant located at College Boreal 21 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, ON

Tickets: $10.00

Click HERE to RSVP by November 5th, 2017

Be a part of one of the most meaningful food-related events our community will experience!

Thank you ON150, College Boreal, Doyle Dodge and EarthCare Sudbury for their generous support of this event!

Next Steps for a food strategy

What is next?

What can Greater Sudbury do to help people eat healthier, fresher, and more local? What are some challenges for farmers, food banks, restaurants, dietitians, and foodies?

Help us develop a Food Strategy that will identify actions to grow and develop our food industry. Email EarthCare Sudbury with your suggestions or fill out these easy surveys:

(1) Food Access Survey,2626438613_92d08f2f9b
(2) Food Production Survey


Why do we need a Food Strategy?

Over the past few years, our community has seen a tremendous growth in the interest and investment in our food system. Retailers and restaurants showcase local food options, large institutions incorporate local food in their procurement policies and sign bylaws are being evaluated to help facilitate efforts of local food producers. Furthermore, there are many more opportunities to learn food skills through several organizations and our youth are being exposed to community gardens, compost programs and/or free healthy food options through the school system.

We hope to develop a Greater Sudbury Food Strategy and to continue to engage with the community to work towards an economically viable and ecologically sustainable food system that provides residents with accessible, affordable, nutritious and culturally acceptable food.


What is our Regional Food System?

sudburymapAs defined by the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council, our regional food system is our geographic area including and beyond the City of Greater Sudbury. It encompasses nearby agricultural lands and communities from which the citizens of Greater Sudbury derive a significant portion of their food, now or potentially in the future.


What is a food strategy?

A food strategy is a document that identifies short- and long-term actions to help enhance our current regional food system and prepare for growth and change in the future. Key elements will be social justice, environmental sustainability, healthy eating and economic and community growth. More specific topics within the food strategy will include growing, rearing or foraging for food, processing food, preparing food for consumption for households and food service industry, eating food and composting the remains. These topics correspond to the proposed changes in the chapter dealing with local food systems in the City’s Official Plan.