Soupstock 2012 - Save The Land That Feeds Us

On October 21st, the Canadian Chefs’ Congress and David Suzuki Foundation will host Soupstock, a mega-culinary event to raise awareness about the fight to stop the Highland Companies’ proposed limestone Mega-Quarry in the Township of Melancthon, 100 km northwest of Toronto. 

The event will feature more than 120 Canadian chefs, some of Canada’s best, including Jamie Kennedy, Anthony Walsh and John Higgins, who will concoct original soup creations to celebrate the Melancthon region’s rich agricultural, cultural and natural history.
 
“We want Torontonians to join us for an epic event in support of stopping the Mega-Quarry,” said Chef Michael Stadtländer.
 
Last October, Chef Stadtländer and dozens of Canada’s best chefs held an outdoor culinary event ('Foodstock 2011 - save the land that feeds us' http://www.meetup.com/eatlocalburlington/events/35820932/) adjacent to the proposed Mega-Quarry site. The event drew more than 28,000 supporters. And thanks to a growing community of support to stop the Mega-Quarry, the Ontario government has ordered the first-ever Environmental Assessment of a quarry application in the province’s history.
 
“Foodstock was one of Canada’s largest-ever celebrations of great food, clean water, and healthy communities,” said Dr. Faisal Moola, director of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Ontario program. “This year we hope to continue building momentum by bringing the mega-culinary Soupstock event to the city — a delicious way to inspire thousands more to join the movement to protect Melancthon’s prized farmland and precious headwaters.”
 
The Highland Companies, which is backed by a $25-billion Boston hedge fund, proposes to blast a pit deeper than Niagara Falls from beneath a landscape of great agricultural and ecological importance. The Mega-Quarry would permanently destroy more than 2,300 acres (930 hectares) of the best vegetable farmland in Ontario. It would 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.
 
Soupstock will be held in Toronto’s Woodbine Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 21. Funds raised will be used to build a community of support for stopping the controversial Mega-Quarry and for other environmental and food-related issues.

Rain or shine event.

Free admission. Tickets will be sold for soup at a price of $10 for 3 servings. Please bring your own bowls, spoons and napkins.

We encourage everyone to come by foot, transit or bike. Parking in the area will be limited, so best bet is to take active transport to the site.

For more information visit http://www.soupstock.ca/ or contact: Jode Roberts, David Suzuki Foundation c)[masked], [masked]

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  • fran f.

    hugely important issue. fabulous and delicious event. and the weather was glorious.

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys I just got you messages now. I am leaving shortly and yes there is room in my car. [masked]

    October 21, 2012

  • Danielle R.

    Hi All. I found a ride for Ritu and myself with Gareth so we can meet you all there. How about we meet at the Roots kiosk at 12pm. I'm guessing they are selling shirts like at Foodstock (which sold out) and I want to get one. I'm reachable by text at[masked]-3472. Ritu can you call me?

    October 20, 2012

  • RITU

    If you still have room in your car Chelsea, and wouldn't mind, I'd like to come with you also. I live near the Wallmart on Dundas, but could meet you wherever is convenient in Burlington.

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm driving from Burlington if anyone would like to car pool. Are there any volunteer opportunities left?

    October 18, 2012

    • Danielle R.

      Hi Chealsea. Do you still have room in your car? I live downtown Burlington.

      October 19, 2012

  • Danielle R.

    Thank you Tiffany for emailing me the map. Unfortunately file is too large to post on here. Please email me at [masked] and I will send it your way.

    October 19, 2012

  • Danielle R.

    Anyone know the best route to get there from Burlington? I haven't had a chance yet to scope it out. I would like to go as a group and/or pick a meeting place on site...maybe Tiffany's booth:)

    October 17, 2012

    • Tiffany

      Still don't know where I will be, but I do have a map I can post for you guys somewhere? If you msg me your email I can send it to you. There will be a big bus by the main stage which might be the best/easiest place to meet?

      October 17, 2012

    • Danielle R.

      Can you email me the map? [masked] and I'll post for everyone to see on this page.

      October 18, 2012

  • RITU

    It looks like Coxwell subway station is the closest, then bus from there (looks like a number 22 bus that goes south on Coxwell, but could verify that with someone at Coxwell station). In terms of getting on subway line, can drive to Kipling and start there, or take go train to union and start from there. I haven't decided which yet.

    October 17, 2012

  • Tiffany

    Hi - I'm actually volunteering to help for the day, so I will be leaving rather early to get there for set up. I'm not sure who's booth I will be at, but will let you all know so you can say hi!

    October 17, 2012

  • RITU

    Hi, are we all meeting at a certain time/location so we can find each other? It would be nice to attend together.

    October 16, 2012

  • RITU

    Thanks Fran!

    October 1, 2012

  • fran f.

    I'm a westend gal myself (this park is pretty far east) so haven't been there. Either route you suggested sounds reasonable to me. Both will take a while.

    October 1, 2012

  • RITU

    Thanks Fran! Did not realize park is so south. What would you recommend is the best route to take? Is the one below best, or taking GO train to Union then bus/streetcar from there?

    September 27, 2012

  • fran f.

    I think the park is quite a bit farther south than it appears on this map. It looks like the map is indicating Coxwell Ave. rather than the park. Woodbine Park is bounded on the north by Eastern Ave. and on the south by lakeshore. You should be able to catch a bus at Coxwell Station (Coxwell 22) southbound that will take you to Queen. It is then a short walk heading south to the park.

    September 27, 2012

  • RITU

    Sounds really cool! In terms of transportation, one possibility is to carpool to Kipling subway station, then take bloor line to cox well station and I think the park looks like it is walking distance from there on the map.

    September 25, 2012

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