Another edition of Local Food Bites, a weekly listing of food-related events in and around Regina, SK. (We’re keeping our name for now because it’s kind of funny, but we’re also accepting suggestions for a better one!)
Real Food Regina Meeting
Tuesday, November 20, 7:00-8:00 pm
North Central Community Association, 1264 Athol St, Regina SK
A meeting of Reginans working on local food issues.
Contact Root & Branch for more information.
National Farmers’ Union Annual Convention–Co-ops: An Exercise in Democracy
Thursday, November 22 to Saturday, November 24
Hilton Garden Inn Downtown 90 – 22nd Street East Saskatoon, SK
Andrew Nikiforuk will be our guest speaker at the public event on Thursday evening, November 22.
Grasslands in Peril: a public talk by Candace Savage (RPIRG)
Thursday, November 22, 7:00-9:00 pm
University of Regina Education Auditorium
Candace Savage, best-selling author of “Prairie: A Natural History” and “A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory in a Prairie Landscape” is giving a public talk that highlights the heritage of the PFRA pastures. These pastures, more than one million acres of public land, are some of the largest remnants of native prairie and sustainably grazed pasture that we have. They’re valued for environmental, agricultural, recreational, and spiritual reasons. Now, the provincial government is putting them up for sale or lease. Join Candace as she explains why these grasslands are important – and should matter – to everyone in Saskatchewan. The talk will be beautifully illustrated by a slide presentation of photographs from these vital grasslands.
Sponsored by the University of Regina Departments of Biology and Geography, Campion College, RPIRG, and SM Solutions.
Public Pastures, Public Interest (RPIRG)
Friday, November 23, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
The Orr Centre, 4400 4th Avenue
Everyone is invited to a facilitated, open forum on the privatization of community pasture lands in Saskatchewan. Over one million acres of public land are up for grabs! Have you been consulted? This forum brings together key stakeholders and the public to discuss the future of community pastures in Saskatchewan. The morning information session topics include the history and context of the pastures, ecological values and species at risk in the pastures, and First Nations interests in the land. An open mic session will follow. The noon panel discussion features key stakeholders – pasture employees and patrons, First Nations, and environmental and recreational interests. It will be moderated by Trevor Herriot. Panelists are:
Roland Crowe (Piapot First Nation)
Mert Taylor (pasture manager)
Joanne Brochu (rancher and pasture patron)
Lorne Scott (Environmental NGOs representative)
The afternoon session will be moderated by Dennis Arbuthnott. It will begin with an explanation of the First Nations Joint Venture Proposal. A facilitated discussion on the role of the pastures within public policy, working towards resolutions, will follow. The day’s proceedings are open to all! Sponsored by Campion College, RPIRG, The University of Regina Department of Geography, and SM Solutions.
Regina Farmers’ Market (indoor market)
Saturday, November 24, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 13th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan
Farmers’ Market website
Raw Food Feast: Vegan Traditional Favourites
Saturday, November 24, 1:00-3:00 pm
Regina Public Library, Glen Elm Branch, 1601 Dewdney Ave E, 777-6080
Join Raw Food chef, alyssia Kerney as she explains how to make a traditional holiday meal, vegan-style. we’ll discuss delicious options for a main course, the best ways to replace butter and milk, and how to veganize traditional favourites such as gravy, stuffing, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie! Take part in a short food demo, complete with delicious samples and recipes to take home. Teens welcome. Registration required.