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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Knowledge Network: Just Eat It Film on Food Waste

Hello Food Firsters!

One of our past bloggers suggested that this may be a great idea for the blog! Here at Burnaby Food First, our passion is about ensuring that everyone has access to healthy and local foods.

A part of food security that does not get a lot of attention from our workshops, is food waste. How much of our food ends up in the trash. MetroVancouver has a Love Food, Hate Waste campaign which has some great resources on how to reduce waste as well as opportunities to share ideas or to discuss this very important topic.

This 74 minute movie follows Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer, in their  efforts to live a zero-waste lifestyle, take on a new challenge: to eat only rescued food for six months.

The movie shows the Vancouver couple as they forgo restaurant meals and quit grocery shopping cold turkey. What they find is shocking: truckloads of perfectly edible food destined for the landfill.

Access the movie: https://www.knowledge.ca/program/just-eat-it or visit http://www.foodwastemovie.com/ for more information.

For Canadians, access to the movie is unlimited and free. Consider donating to help raise awareness of food security and support the movie.

4 Feb 2016 - Just post online: French supermarkets banned from throwing away and spoiling unsold foods.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

What's happening in Feb 2016

It has been quite the start to the year. We have held several workshops focused on cooking locally and getting ready to grow for Spring! It has been great to see a great response (and turnout) for our workshops - thank you to everyone for coming out! We hope to bring you more exciting workshops and hope that you also look at other food security/insecurity workshops around town....

Also as we head into February, we wish everyone a Gung Hey Fat Choi (Happy Chinese New Year). Certainly a time where food and culture is celebrated!

Oranges represent good fortune for Chinese New Year!
Plus they are tasty and healthy to eat!
 Korean Typical Meal - Feb 6, 2016

Join Yun Joo Lee as she guides you through a typical and delicious Korean meal of Heyn bap (steamed rice), Jap-chae (stir-fried sweet potato noodle), Kim- chi and Jjang-a-chi.

You will be guided step-by-step, learn about traditional dining customs and be immersed in a whole new culinary tradition! Please bring an apron and containers for leftovers.

Date: Saturday, February 6
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Hastings Community Centre (Kitchen), 3096 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: $18.00 (Hastings Community Association Membership required with registration)

To attend: Register

Heal Your Body! : Indian food made vegan, raw, easy and fun! - Feb 9, 2016

Join Grandview Woodlands Food Connection and holistic chef and nutritionist Abby Sandhar, in an exploration and reinvention of traditional cuisine of Northern India. Yes, Indian food can be prepared in way that is free of excessive oily fats, excess salt and refined carbs- made raw, vegan and working with whole fresh ingredients, this cuisine can be detoxifying, healing and energizing!

You will leave with a belly full of warm goodness, tips for healthier meal planning and some unlocked recipes from the kitchen of The Flying Abneet !! Let’s love our bodies up with good nourishment!

Date: Tuesday February 9, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Cost: $25,00

To attend: Call 604-718-5800

More information >>

How will the World Eat in the Future? - Feb 11, 2016

Join award winning author, activist, and academic Raj Patel, presented by UBC Reads Sustainability, on February 11th, 2016 as Raj shares some of the best and most surprising innovations to address the future of food.

With stories from the world's poorest people - from Peru to Malawi, there's a great deal of innovation to help us imagine how the world can feed itself by 2050.

Date: Thursday February 11, 2016
Time: 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
Location: UBC AMS Student Nest Great Hall (Live streaming will be available), 6133 University Blvd., Vancouver
Cost: $ 5.00

To attend: Purchase Tickets

Visit UBC Sustainability website for more information.

Valentine's Day Baking for Kids - Feb 14, 2016

Cedar Cottage Food Network presents a workshop where children will use and develop their literacy and teamwork skills to make fun holiday-related recipes. All supplies included.

Great for kids aged 4 to 8 years!

Date:  Sunday February 14, 2016
Time: 10: 00 am to 12:00 noon
Location: Trout Lake Community Centre Kitchen, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $ 15.00

To attend: Purchase Tickets

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A Taste of Latin American – Pupusas - Feb 21, 2016

Join Grandview Woodlands Food Connection and discover Latin American cuisine - the Papusa!

Made from corn flour and shaped by hand, pupusas can be adapted to delight vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian and meat eaters alike. Participants will learn the basics and techniques on how to build a Pupusa from scratch with various fillings, along with special salsas and pickled veggies. You will have a chance to taste this delightful treat!

Bring your aprons and your palates and join Elizabeth Cruz, former owner and chef of El Cocal restaurant for 14 years who incorporates her El Salvadoran heritage into her cooking. It will be truly a tantalizing experience.

Date: Sunday February 21, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm -5:00 pm
Location: Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Cost: $30.00

To attend: Call 604-718-5800

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A Taste of Latin American – Chile Rellenos - Feb 28, 2016

Another great Grandview Woodland Food Connection workshop!

Originally from Mexico, the Chile Rellenos is a dish is enjoyed in many variations. Each Latin country has some twist on this delicious dish which is so versatile it can be enjoyed by vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. We will focus on the Salvadoran version which tones down the spice so the sauce is the primary character!

Though most people opt for the canned version we will keep it traditional by making them from scratch! This casual dish is great in any setting.

Date: Sunday February 28, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm -5:00 pm
Location: Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Cost: $30.00

To attend: Call 604-718-5800

More information >>

New Westminster Market Day - Dec. 5 & 19

In New Westminster? Head up to 5th and Belmont to check out the Winter Farmers Market!

There will be up to 40 vendors offering fresh local produce, prepared foods and handmade crafts as well as delicious food trucks.

Saturday Feb 6 & 20, 2016
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
5th and Belmont Street, New Westminster 

More information >>
Richmond's Winter Market - Feb 7 & 21, 2016

The Cannery Farmers’ Market provides an opportunity for local food producers and artisans to showcase their products inside and outside our historic site. Our vendors have the “Make it, Bake it, Grow it, Catch it” philosophy. Only approved products that are made, baked, grown, raised, caught or harvested by approved B.C. vendors can be sold. Special information vendors and community partners along with entertainment enhance this fun market.

The Cannery Farmer's Market runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond in the community of Steveston.

Sunday Feb 7 & 21, 2016
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
12139 Fourth Avenue, Richmond

More information >> 

Vancouver Winter Farmer's Market - Feb 6 & 20, 2016

Buy local! Visit the Vancouver Winter Farmer's Market every Saturday in February!
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver

More information: http://markets.bcfarmersmarket.org/market/vancouver-winter-farmers-market


If you have a farming/gardening/food security event that you would like to share, please email us with the information to: burnabyfoodfirst@gmail.com. We would be happy to share your events on our blog and get the word out!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Workshop! Early Spring Container Food Gardening Workshop

Burnaby Food First is pleased to present a repeat of another very popular workshop! Get your garden growing!

Early Spring Container Food Gardening Workshop

Wednesday, February 17
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Tommy Douglas Library
(7311 Kingsway / Burnaby - map)

Join Leanne Zmud, gardener and permaculturalist, to plant your own early spring food garden in a pot. Great for people living in small spaces!

*Please be aware that that they you will be taking your planter, a heavy 3-5 gallon pot full of soil, home with you! No children please, but older teenagers welcome.

**WORKSHOP IS FULL**, please contact Meghan at (604) 209-2404 or at burnabyfoodfirst@gmail.com to be added to the waitlist!

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