• Mayor Watson announces the completion of 30 new community gardens

    Ottawa — Today at the Agri 150 experience Good Food Celebration hosted at Just Food Farm, Mayor Jim Watson announced the completion of 30 new community gardens. This milestone was reached a year early and surpassed the original goal of building 20 new community gardens by 2018.

    In 2014, Mayor Watson committed to making the nation’s capital even greener and more sustainable by adding $15,000 a year in additional funding for the Community Garden Development Fund. The City of Ottawa has had a community garden action plan since 2004. The program, which is called the Community Gardening Network, is administered by Just Food Ottawa.

    Just Food receives $47,000 from the City of Ottawa annually for core operational costs for the Community Gardening Network program, and $95,000 for the Community Garden Development Fund, which directly funds new and expansion community garden projects in almost every Ward.

    The additional funding has helped Just Food support the development of 30 new community gardens, and helped expand 4 existing community gardens. This brings Ottawa’s Community Gardening Network to a total of 94 community gardens across the city.

    “Community gardening is a valuable community activity that contributes to civic participation, neighbourhood revitalization, environmental awareness and healthier lifestyles,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I am pleased that the additional funding has allowed Ottawa’s community garden network to grow so much, leaving a lasting green legacy for all to enjoy.”

    “We are extremely thankful for the City’s continued and strengthened investment into community gardens,” said Moe Garahan, Executive Director of Just Food. “Thousands of dedicated Ottawa residents join in our 20th anniversary celebrations this year, having planned, organized, led, and maintained both household and shared garden plots over two decades, to create places where both good food and community continue to grow.”

  • Sample local food, Beau’s beer, and enjoy live music – including a performance by Eva Avila – all while exploring a local farm

    Ottawa 2017’s newest Agri 150 experience takes place this Saturday

    Ottawa – Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, is pleased to announce a new Agri 150 experience. A free, fun-filled day will unfold this weekend at the Just Food Farm with Good Food Celebrations.

    Good Food Celebrations (Free)                                                                                               

    Saturday, October 14 (rain or shine)
    11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    The Just Food Farm, 2389 Pepin Court

    Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate the importance of good food, grown both locally and globally. Participants will be able to:

    • Discover the new community pavilion, new solar project showpiece, and the newly renovated community barn;
    • Take a wagon ride or walking tour and learn more about what is growing at the farm;
    • View a new community art show and new food forests;
    • Listen to live musicians, including Canadian singer/songwriter Eva Avila;
    • Hear two inspiring young speakers who connect local to global food;
    • Taste local food samples* (free samples created by Red Apron, food options for purchase, and people are also encouraged to bring their own picnics);
    • Enjoy a free sample of Beau’s craft beer* (19 years +).

    * Food and beverage samples while quantities last.

    This event brings together the whole community to celebrate growing good food for all!

    Good Food Celebrations is a FREE event. Participants are asked to RSVP in advance for planning purposes: www.goodfoodcelebrations.ca.

    Presented in collaboration with Just Food, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Bullfrog Power, Ontario150 and Savour Ottawa.

    Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. Unique events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Experience rural Ottawa by bike with the Enviro-Cycle Tour

    Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon for Ottawa 2017’s newest Agri 150 event

    Ottawa –Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce the newest Agri 150 experience. Tickets for the Enviro-Cycle Tour go on sale tomorrow at noon.

    ENVIRO-CYCLE TOUR ($)                                                                                                       

    Sunday, September 24
    First tour group (72 km): 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    Second tour group (21 km): 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Tour shuttle for Group 2 will depart from OC Transpo’s Leitrim Park & Ride, at 4600 Gilligan Rd.

    Come experience the countryside by bicycle, and visit some of the eco-friendly businesses and public spaces in Ottawa’s rural area.

    There are two options: tackle the entire 72 km route with your own bike, or bus part way and cycle the 21 km route with a bike provided by RentABike. Whichever route you choose, all attendees will get the pleasure of visiting Castor River Farm, a sustainable off-grid farm, SunTech Greenhouses, where vegetables are grown year-round, and W.A. Taylor Conservation area for a rest between, as you sample Savour Ottawa treats. So, hop on and let your RentABike guides and local farmers bring you on a day full of fun, learning, and exercise!

    Tickets prices:

    $20 (plus tax and service charges) for Group 1 (72 km / bring-your-own-bike)
    $40 (plus tax and service charges) for Group 2 (21 km / bus and RentABike provided)

    A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Leitrim Park & Ride. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

    Presented in collaboration with RentABike.ca, Savour Ottawa and Just Food.

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Savour a summer table, follow grains to the glass, or discover secret eats, all in rural Ottawa

    Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for Ottawa 2017’s three newest Agri 150 experiences

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce three new Agri 150 experiences. Tickets for the Savour Ottawa Summer Table culinary experience, the From Grain to Glass Tour and the Secret Eats Osgoode Tour will go on sale tomorrow at noon.

    Savour Ottawa Summer Table ($)                                                                                           

    Saturday, August 12

    3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    The Log Farm, 670 Cedarview Road

    Savour Ottawa Summer Table is a multi-course, gourmet dinner, featuring the local food and culinary talents of Savour Ottawa chefs and producers.  Prepared by talented local chefs with local ingredients to celebrate Ottawa’s harvest, this celebration of farm-to-fork foods will serve 150 guests dinner and wine-pairings, while guests are surrounded by an original farmstead, depicting both how pioneer farm life would have been in the 1860s, as well as learning how three generations of the Orr family is revitalizing the farm into a working family farm today. Guests will be treated to a live performance by contemporary First Nations dance artist and choreographer, Christine Friday.

    Tickets for the Savour Ottawa Summer Table are $125 + $25 for wine pairing option (plus tax and service charges).

    Presented in collaboration with Savour Ottawa and Just Food.

     

    From Grain to Glass ($)                                                                                                          

    Sunday, August 27

    First Tour: 11:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (English only)

    Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Bilingual – French whisperer)

    Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Baseline Park and Ride, at 1408 Woodroffe Ave.

    Calling lovers of craft beer! Come along to learn the origins of some of your favourite ingredients, and understand how “local beer” and bread products don’t simply start at the brewery or bakery. Then indulge in a tasting of the finished products. Get the chance to attend a grain milling demonstration at historic Watson’s Mill and navigate a labyrinth of premium-quality hops at Ottawa Valley Hops. We will then go to Ashton Brewing Company and Big Rig Brewery to sample their beers and learn about the brewing process – the way these ingredients get turned into the world’s most beloved drink.

    Tickets for the From Grain to Glass Tour are $80 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Baseline Park & Ride. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

    Presented in collaboration with Savour Ottawa and Just Food.

     

    Secret Eats Tour – Osgoode ($)                                                                                              

    Sunday, September 10

    First Tour: 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (English only)

    Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. (Bilingual – French whisperer)

    Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Greenboro Park and Ride, at 2100 Bank St.

    Guests are invited to snack their way through Osgoode Ward!

    Hosted by George Darouze, the Councillor for the area, this Secret Eats tour will take participants to four stops where they will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to the history and character of the Osgoode Ward.

    Visitors will tour each destination on this Secret Eats adventure and sample some of the delectable local treats that await in rural Ottawa.

    Tickets for the Secret Eats Osgoode Tour are $40 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Greenboro Park and Ride. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

    Presented in collaboration with Savour Ottawa and Just Food.

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Fire & Ice tickets go on sale today

    Ottawa 2017’s first Agri 150 event of the year to take place inside a rural greenhouse

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce that tickets to Fire & Ice will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 19. This first Agri 150 experience will demonstrate an innovative way of showcasing Ottawa’s rural assets.

    The culinary adventure will take place on Saturday, February 11 – just prior to Valentine’s Day – at the SunTech GreenHouses near Manotick Village.

    Renowned chef Marc Lepine is creating the menu for this four-course gourmet experience, which highlights molecular cuisine. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a winter cocktail and outdoor fire and ice entertainment, followed by a small-plate fine dining meal inside the cozy ambiance of the tomato greenhouse.

    Tickets for Fire & Ice are $100*, or $125* with a wine pairings. A round-trip shuttle service, from one of three points of departure, can be added at cost of $12* per person. (* plus tax and service charges)

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    Announced in June, Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come.

    More than 20 unique outdoor events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

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    To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, visit: The App Store, Google Play or Ottawa2017.ca.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.