September 19, 2008, St.
Catharines, Ont. – The Niagara Culinary Trail, a new eat local tool
working to develop Niagara as a culinary destination, is encouraging
its members to join the province-wide “Pear uP” promotion for the month
September 19, 2008, St. Catharines, Ont. – The Niagara Culinary Trail, a new eat local tool working to develop Niagara as a culinary destination, is encouraging its members to join the province-wide “Pear uP” promotion for the month of October.
Many Niagara Culinary Trail members, along with other restaurants, retailers and farm markets, are celebrating this fresh, tasty, local fruit in many new and exciting ways. Visit www.pearupontario.com for participants.
Building on this same theme, the Niagara Culinary Trail is supporting the efforts of its member, the Niagara Fruit Institute, to promote a new initiative “Pear uP for a Purpose” – a local pear drive that will pull together resources to provide this fresh and nutritious fruit to food banks in the Hamilton-Niagara corridor.
“(This) three-week program invites local pear farmers to become a local hero and donate surplus pears so that they can be consolidated, repacked and delivered to the Hamilton Food Share,” explained Llewellyn Smith of the Niagara Fruit Institute.
The launch for this event takes place at Niagara College’s Glendale campus on October 2 between 11a.m. and 3 p.m.
“We are excited to be hosting this event as we are committed to local food within our program and at the restaurant,” said David Veres, dean of food and hospitality at Niagara College. “It was an easy choice for us to support this.”
The Niagara Culinary Trail has gathered local food champions to volunteer their time to sort and pack pears into food bank containers during the four hours. At 11:30 a.m., a chef from the college will cook with pears, demonstrating new ways to use this amazing fruit at home.
Farmers are invited to donate pears and become a local hero by contacting Becky Glenney of the Niagara Fruit Institute at 1-866-643-1899, extension 25. Niagara residents can also make a difference by taking up the buy local challenge and buy lots of local pears.
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