Food for Thought at the Ottawa International Writers Festival 2013

Written by Denise Deby.

Beans are Up photo by OakleyOriginals, Flickr Creative Commons
Beans are Up photo by OakleyOriginals, Flickr Creative Commons

The Ottawa International Writers Festival brings a wealth of writers and ideas every spring and fall (and sometimes in between). Often there are environmentally-themed sessions, and this spring highlights sustainable food in particular.

On Saturday, April 27, Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis will speak about innovative food centre The Stop. The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement tells the story of the Toronto food bank that transformed into a multi-faceted food centre complete with gardens, a greenhouse, educational activities, advocacy programs and more, and a focus on dignity for those seeking healthy food. Nick Saul is former executive director of The Stop and president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada; Curtis is a writer and editor. It’s at 4 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, Lisgar at Elgin. Details here.

On Sunday, April 28, Sarah Elton (Locavore and Consumed) joins Lorraine Johnson (City Farmer) and Barry Estabrook (Tomatoland) for a discussion of The Future of Food for a Crowded Planet. The three writers have all looked at our food system and how people are changing the way they source, eat, prepare and share food. It’s at 6:30 p.m. at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. Details here.

Sarah Elton will also be appearing at a lunch on Sunday, April 28 at 11 a.m. at Table 40 at Fraser Café, 11 Springfield Rd. The event is a fundraiser for the Festival’s children’s literacy programs.

See the Festival website for ticket and other information. Bon appetit!

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