October is Food Literacy Month!


October 4, 2019 · Todays Family ·

October is Food Literacy Month!

If you’ve been following the Today’s Family blog for a while, you will know that we take our food seriously.

Creating healthy, nourishing food at our full-day programs is a key element of the Today’s Family mission. In fact, in addition to having a full-time chef at each of our full-day centres, some centres use vegetables grown by the children themselves in community gardens! We believe strongly in making sure that we provide properly healthy food for our children and try to involve them in as many steps of the process as we can.

But when it comes to food literacy – knowing about what we put into our bodies – even we can be a bit confused sometimes. Especially since it was only a few months ago that the Canadian Government drastically changed the Canadian Food Guide. Even though one of the reasons for changing the guide was to make meal planning easier, we still have questions!

The free FOOD LITERACY FAIR, which takes place tomorrow on Saturday, October 5 from 10AM to 3PM at Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre, 876 Cannon Street East, is a great place to have those questions answered for you. The Fair kicks off the 2nd Annual Food Literacy Month in Hamilton, which will last for the rest of October.

Food Literacy Month is a community-driven, City-facilitated celebration of food that encourages Hamiltonians to connect with others who are passionate about food! There are many exciting events being planned for all ages. Check out the event calendar online at Hamilton.ca/FoodLiteracy or featured events on facebook.com/HamiltonFoodLiteracyNetwork.

This free FOOD LITERACY FAIR will feature interactive exhibits, give-aways, draw prizes, a farm market with fresh local produce available for purchase and five interactive workshops at the following times:

10:15AM         Healthy Eating Storytime for the whole family hosted by Hamilton Public Library
11:00AM         Making homemade fermented foods with Brian Tammi
12:00PM         Sourdough bread making with Maria Biasutti, RD
1:00PM           Making Fresh Salsa hosted by Hamilton Community Food Advisors
2:00PM           Food Stories hosted by De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre https://aboriginalhealthcentre.com/

Pre-registration for the workshops is required. To register, call (905) 546-2424 ext. 4150, Monday – Friday 9AM – 9PM; Saturday & Sunday 9AM – 4PM.

Food literacy is about much more than deciphering a brochure – it’s also about knowing how to cook delicious and nutritious meals from scratch. After all, the easiest way to know what ingredients are in a meal is to prepare it yourself. If you are a bit unsure of your skills in the kitchen, or are just looking for some new inspiration, then these Food Literacy events are perfect for you!

Plan to join us for this can’t-miss event for all Hamilton foodies! We can’t wait to see you there.



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