On October 21, we brought tens of thousands of Ontarians together for Soupstock, a celebration of local food and farms in Toronto's Woodbine Park. Together they sampled soups made by a few hundred of Canada's top chefs, and raised their bowls in opposition to the Highland Mega-Quarry project, which threatens to destroy 2,300 acres of the best agricultural land in the province.
Here's just a taste of the ingredients that made Soupstock a great success:
- 40,000 smiling soup lovers
- 200 chefs, plus countless sous chefs, cooks and restaurant staff
- 11,700 lbs of donated produce
- 5,000 volunteer hours
- 148 volunteers on-site
- 46 farmers and producers
- 20 partners and sponsors
- 12 musical performances
- 4,000 letters to MPP's to stop the mega-quarry
- Less than one dumpster of waste
- Hundreds of litres of soup donated to local food bank
- 1 gloriously sunny day
For more information on the Highland Mega-Quarry project, visit davidsuzuki.org/megaquarry.
By Jode Roberts.