The Good Food Summit is back this fall for a fourth year. Hosted by CRFAIR, this year’s summit will focus attendees from across all parts of the local food system around the theme of resilience—fitting in the context of an increasingly volatile climate. The summit will kick off on Tuesday evening with the return of Savoury Stories, a public story-telling gathering that successfully debuted last year. The live event at Sunset Labs is already sold out, but the stories will be live-streamed thanks to a grant from Stream of Consciousness.
Fieldtrips takes place on Thursday morning, including a new version of the well-attended and much-loved Urban Food Systems Tour. Afterwards, things move to the Songhees Wellness Centre, starting with a welcome and plenary session on Thursday afternoon. Keynote speakers will be Arzeena Hamir, a farmer and director of Comox Valley Area B and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC, and Kent
Mullinix, director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Attendees can then head
to Whistle Buoy Brewing in Market Square to connect, trade experiences, and let off some steam.
The main conference continues during the day on Friday. Workshop and session topics include climate change, food literacy education in schools, and self-care for activists, and A Community Garden Community of Practice workshop shares successes and challenges on supporting new and existing urban community gardens. A panel discussion on integrating fruit trees and other foods into the urban
forest involves senior planners, academics, orchardists, and community advocates, while another looks at creating a resilient food security program on the Gulf Islands and other more remote regions. If you are between the ages of 14 and 24, a special new youth stream event will have participants fuse activism with art. That portion takes place at the Victoria Event Centre.
Tickets are now on sale online. There are 250 available, and
while they will be available up until the event, last year’s tickets
sold out quickly.
To see the full schedule and find tickets,
WHEN: NOVEMBER 19 – 22
— Quinn MacDonald