Chef Irwin MacKinnon at last year’s Forage.

Forage returns

Food tourism event scheduled for October 17 & 18

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Forage, a food tourism training and experiential event, returns to PEI October 17 to 18 with a schedule of speakers, interactive workshops, and culinary celebrations geared towards chefs, farmers, fishers, food producers, and food industry stakeholders.

The symposium will feature a keynote speech from Farmer Lee Jones of The Chef’s Garden. Farmer Lee is a well-known advocate for sustainable agriculture, a James Beard award recipient, and a sought-after speaker. The Chef’s Garden, which he operates with his father and brother, has been profiled in magazines and on radio and TV.

A key goal of Forage is to help participants learn the art of storytelling, so they can share their unique and authentic food stories effectively. Jordan Bower, a highly-acclaimed storytelling speaker, will offer insights and instruction on the art of storytelling through a talk on day one and an interactive workshop on day two.

The first day will include a keynote presented by Anita Stewart, president and founder of Food Day Canada and a gastronomy expert, and Chef Jeremy Charles of Raymonds in St. John’s Newfoundland. They will speak about the evolution of Canadian food.

Jordan Bower will deliver the keynote speech at Forage.

Forage will also feature 10-minute talks on topics such as meat alternatives, regenerative agriculture, and creating traction in the millennial era. Taking Action at Forage is a 90 minute facilitated session dedicated to seed ideas and developing projects for the industry. Participants will share ideas.

Local food will take centre stage at the symposium, with an Island-inspired lunch created 2018 Canadian Chef of the Year, Chef Irwin MacKinnon of Papa Joe’s, and a roving feast reception at the Culinary Institute of Canada. Local ingredients will be showcased during the nutrition breaks prepared by Gallant’s & Co.

The second day of Forage, A Day of Country Fire at The Inn at Bay Fortune, will feature an immersive culinary experience and storytelling workshop. Chef Michael Smith will host a 5-hour food experience at The Inn, showcasing Island ingredients and the talents of the many chefs that will be tending food stations. The day is designed to encourage connection, conversation and the sharing of food stories.

Register at foragepei.com/forage/registration/. Transportation to The Inn at Bay Fortune is available on October 18.