Launching a celebration of Festive Ontario Foods
Share Your Shots of Festive Local Treats
Ontario's Government for the People is launching a celebration of local food in time for the holidays.
As people prepare their holiday spread and festive treats Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is encouraging them to choose local Ontario foods and share their creations to inspire others and share the local festive spirit. People are invited to share their shots on social media as part of a Festive Local Food celebration.
"This holiday, think about choosing some of Ontario's quality produce for your festive traditions. Whether it is Ontario turkey and cranberries for family dinner, a homemade fruit cake with Ontario's cherries, cheese from your favorite dairy farm, locally crafted candy on your gingerbread house, or any other foods from your community we are looking forward to seeing your festive creations," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
- Cook, bake or make your favourite dish or dessert using food grown and processed in Ontario - whether for entertaining friends and family, or to give as a gift;
- Snap a photo and post it to social media between December 6-21 using the hashtags #festiveONTfood and #loveONTfood;
- Follow us and keep an eye out for your creation! Foodland Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will share holiday inspiration featuring local food on the following channels:
"As you celebrate the holidays there are lots of opportunities to celebrate Ontario's local food which is plentiful all year long," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "We want to see how you get creative with a wide variety of locally grown and produced foods in support of our farmers and food processors."
Locally sourced seasonal favourites like turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, apples, greenhouse vegetables, eggs, milk, cheese and preserves are all in season. For more helpful hints, consult Foodland Ontario's Availability Guide and look for the Foodland Ontario symbol whenever you shop for food.
- Our agriculture and agri-food sector is a key driver of Ontario’s economy, contributing $39.5 billion to the province’s GDP and supporting more than 822,000 jobs. That’s nearly one in nine jobs in the province.