localfood-featureAspiring food entrepreneurs will want to mark their calendar for Food Entrepreneurs: Growing Innovation, a one-day community seminar at the Georgian College Owen Sound campus on Monday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highlights of the day include panel discussions by successful food entrepreneurs and interactive workshops as well as local producers offering a showcase of their food products.

The seminar addresses the growing need for education and training in the area of food entrepreneurship development. Local, sustainable food has increasingly become a priority for consumers and municipalities recognize the benefit of value-added agriculture and product development as a strategic imperative for economic growth.

cairn-featureby Jon Farmer

I met Lisa McAllister at Grey County's Black History Event standing in front of her grandmother's bible. Printed in 1867, the bible was on display in the atrium of the Grey Roots Museum and Archives, turned open to a page with the birth and death dates of relatives from the early 1900s. She had arrived early to prepare her presentation on Underground Railroad quilts and the way they told stories.

Lisa and I were both born and raised in Owen Sound. The roots of both of our family trees dig deeply into this soil. I'm at least 5th generation Owen Sound and I know that one of my ancestors bought land in the area in the late 1860s. Lisa's family history goes back further. Standing in front of her grandmother's bible, she told me stories about the heirlooms and keepsakes she found in her grandmother's home when she passed, describing letters and photographs older than our country. Her home had been in the family since Lisa's great-great-grandfather built it on 11th St West after arriving in the are in 1856.

Grey County's Black History Event is an annual function, organized by the Emancipation Festival. This year it featured presentations on our area's connection to the Underground Railroad, the lived experiences of local people of colour, a salute to Les MacKinnon, and culminated in the official release of the 12th volume of Northern Terminus: The African Canadian History Journal published by the Grey County Archives.

champagne regIn conjunction with Georgian Bay Symphony's 16th Annual Vintner's Dinner & Wine Auction, the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre will be auctioning a Champagne bottle salvaged from the ship Regina.
The Regina sank during the "Great Storm" of the Great lakes in 1913 and remained under 83 feet of Lake Huron water, until being discovered in 1986. Commercial divers recovered thousands of items from the wreck, including Champagne bottles. Newspaper accounts reported $36 000 worth of Champagne as part of Regina's cargo- the two brands being Veuve Clicquot and GH Mumm. A requirement of the salvage permit meant that a portion of the recovered artefacts be donated to museums. The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre received several boxes of items in 2013, most of which are now part of the permanent collection.
While the bottles no longer contain Champagne, the bottle comes with a certificate of authenticity. Proceeds from the sale of the Champagne bottle will benefit both the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre and the Georgian Bay Symphony.

LOCATION of Auction: Stone Tree Golf & Fitness
DATE of Auction: Saturday April 18, 2015 6:30 PM

For more information about the Auction contact:
David Adair, Georgian Bay Symphony, 994 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound 519-372-0212

For more information about the Champagne bottle contact:
Wendy Tomlinson, Community Waterfront Heritage Centre,
1155 1st Ave W, Owen Sound 519-371-3333 or 519-375-5542

Kemble-Syrup-featBy Hub Staff
If you're looking for sweet times in a small town you don't have to go any further than the 6th annual Kemble Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 11. The Keppel, Sarawak, and Zion Keppel United Churches have partnered with local producers to open 7 farms for tours where the public can see how maple syrup is made first hand. The sugar bush operations range in size from 35-6200 taps and visitors can also make the acquaintance of the farms' four-legged residents including elk, sheep, herding dogs, and highland cattle. Regel Point Elk Farm will host a Community Fair where visitors can learn more about the local Kemble area and Kemble United Church will host an Art Show and Sale from 9am – 4pm and the Great Maple Infused Meal from 8am - 3pm. The mouthwatering menu includes fresh from scratch pancakes, local meats, and coffee with generous portions of local maple syrup on hand.

spencer-reg2For the second year in a row, Owen Sound brewer Spencer Wareham has brought home gold from the Ontario Brewing Awards for his New Zealand Red Ale. Wareham's Killanan Brewing Company won in the amber ale category for the ale he describes as having "great notes of biscuit and toasty malt character which pave the way for some beautiful hop character...a bright citrus character with no harsh bitterness". The awards were announced Thursday night at the 12th annual Ontario Brewing gala at Corus Quay in Toronto.
If you want to enjoy the award-winning ale, it is only available at the Killanan brewery store in the Rockford Plaza for now, but Wareham hopes to get it into the LCBO by next fall or winter.

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