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UPDATE: Calzavara to speak at Foodstock, Oct. 16

A media release issued today states, “On Sunday, October 16th almost 100 chefs from across the country will gather to cook up a feast in a pay-what-you-can foodie festival on a farm north of Orangeville. FOODSTOCK, as it’s known, will turn local ingredients–all generously donated by Ontario producers– into gourmet dishes highlighting the bounty of farmland that could be devastated by a proposed mega quarry (in Melancthon, north of Toronto). …Celebrated chef Michael Stadtländer is spearheading FOODSTOCK together with the Canadian Chefs’ Congress.”

“The line-up of musicians backstopping this culinary tour de force includes Jim Cuddy, Sarah Harmer, Ron Sexsmith, Tom Barlow, Cuff The Duke, Hayden, Lily Frost and Jose Contreras and a host of unplugged artists. Jeremy Taggart (Our Lady Peace), will MC and speakers include Faisal Moola of The David Suzuki Foundation as well as Mark Calzavara (Council of Canadians), Danny Beaton (Mohawk First Nation) and Jeff Monague (Beausoleil First Nation).”

Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy says, “(I’m) happy to lend a hand to people who are trying to preserve the sanctity of water and arable land. If a little music can help open some peoples’ eyes to the risks we are facing up here then I consider myself lucky to be able to help.”

“FOODSTOCK will take place on Sunday, October 16th from 11:00 to 5:00 at Lennox Farms just west of County Road 124, Melancthon Township, Dufferin County. The entrance is off the 20th Sideroad, west of 124, at Conover, Ontario. For complete details or to learn more about Michael Stadtländer, please visit http://www.canadianchefscongress.com.”

For more on the Council of Canadians campaign against the Melancthon quarry, please see http://canadians.org/blog/?s=%22melancthon+quarry%22.