Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy at Terroir, May 29, 2017

This year marks the 10th annual Terroir Symposium in Toronto, described as “a gathering of dreamers, disruptors and international luminaries in the world of food”. The annual event, taking place on May 29th, 2017, attracts over 1,000 movers and shakers from the hospitality industry including chefs, food and drink experts, writers, advocates, and business leaders. This years’ theme entitled, Our Home and Native Land: Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy, will include presentations by Canadians – both nationally and abroad – and will focus on the history, leadership and diversity of the Canadian Landscape.

The symposium is designed to educate, inspire and foster collaboration. With speakers and presenters from around the world, the event will bring the global hospitality community together to discuss how food shapes our society and how it can inspire close connections, innovation and the sharing of resources and ideas.

This year’s MC is Toronto’s Parts and Labour bad-boy-cum-chef, Matty Matheson. Loud mouthed, raucous in nature and with a storied history of his rise through the ranks of the Canadian culinary world, Matheson, will be sure to keep the tone upbeat, energetic and if not a bit wild. Host of the how-to show ‘Dead set on Life’ on Vice’s Munchies, Matheson has embedded himself in what it means to cook and eat in Canada. In his Munchie’s video series ‘Keeping it Canada’ he traveled to all corners of the country and dug deep into the food and culture of each location, making him an inspired choice to lead event goers through the day’s events.

Presenters will come from all backgrounds, walks of like and experiences. Included will be BC’s own Susan Musgrave. The renowned poet, novelist now calls Haida Gwaii home where she owns and manages Copper Beach Guest House. Recently she was awarded the Bill Duthie Bookseller’s Choice Award at the 2016 B.C. Book Awards for her book Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge. Other presenters will include Somoli-born chef and food security advocate Bashir Munye, Inuit hunter David Serkoak, Arctic forager Steven Cooper, and the Okanagan’s own Aman Dosanj, who was recently named one of Western Living’s Top Ten Foodies of the Year. Other speakers from BC include Michael Abeleman (farmer), Nikki Bailey (travel writer), Eric Pateman (Edible Canada), Ann Sperling (winemaker), and Ned Bell (sustainable seafood advocate)

The symposium will be a genuine celebration of Canadian culinary history and evolution. The focus on diversity, collaboration and advocacy in the field of the culinary arts will truly elevate the multi-dimensional nature of the Canadian food and hospitality industry.

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

Date: May 29th, 2017, 7am – 7pm

Tickets: $300/full day, $200/half day

Tickets available at www.terroirsymposium.com

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