Mega-culinary event to stop controversial Mega-Quarry set for Woodbine Park, October 21st
TORONTO - On October 21st, the Canadian Chefs' Congress and David Suzuki Foundation will host Soupstock, a mega-culinary event to raise awareness about the fight to stop the Highland Companies' proposed limestone Mega-Quarry in the Township of Melancthon, 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto.
The event will feature more than 200 Canadian chefs, some of Canada's best, including Jamie Kennedy, Anthony Walsh and John Higgins, who will concoct original soup creations to celebrate the Melancthon region's rich agricultural, cultural and natural history.
"We want Torontonians to join us for an epic event in support of stopping the Mega-Quarry," said Chef Michael Stadtländer.
Last October, Chef Stadtländer and more than 100 of Canada's best chefs held an outdoor culinary event adjacent to the proposed Mega-Quarry site. The event drew more than 28,000 supporters. And thanks to a growing community of support to stop the Mega-Quarry, the Ontario government has ordered the first-ever Environmental Assessment of a quarry application in the province's history.
"Foodstock was one of Canada's largest-ever celebrations of great food, clean water, and healthy communities," said Dr. Faisal Moola, director of the David Suzuki Foundation's Ontario program. "This year we hope to continue building momentum by bringing the mega-culinary Soupstock event to the city — a delicious way to inspire thousands more to join the movement to protect Melancthon's prized farmland and precious headwaters."
The Highland Companies, which is backed by a $25-billion Boston hedge fund, proposes to blast a pit deeper than Niagara Falls from beneath a landscape of great agricultural and ecological importance. The Mega-Quarry would permanently destroy more than 2,300 acres (930 hectares) of the best vegetable farmland in Ontario. It would require 600-million litres of water to be pumped out of the pit each day in perpetuity. Up to one million Ontarians downstream rely on this water.
Soupstock will be held in Toronto's Woodbine Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 21. Funds raised will be used to build a community of support for stopping the controversial Mega-Quarry and for other environmental and food-related issues.
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For more information, please visit www.soupstock.ca, or contact: Jode Roberts, David Suzuki Foundation 647.456.9752 (cell)