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Foodstock - October 16th near Shelburne

Otonabee Sep 17, 2011 06:15 PM

Is anyone from here considering going? Looks like it will be insane but with amazing food.


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    magic RE: Otonabee Sep 18, 2011 06:45 AM

    I'll show my support to this great cause that affects us all. I'll be there.

    Thank you for posting.

    1. Splendid Wine Snob RE: Otonabee Sep 18, 2011 10:16 AM

      So looking forward to this. I'll be there.

      1. haggisdragon RE: Otonabee Sep 18, 2011 02:34 PM

        I have been planning on going for some time now. Will be there.

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          freelancer RE: Otonabee Sep 19, 2011 03:55 PM

          Would love to go to this, though I wish it wasn't 2 hours away. Most of me and my friends don't own a car!

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            ylsf RE: Otonabee Sep 20, 2011 09:13 PM

            Anyone know how this will work in practice? Sounds like Pay What You Can admission. Will it be "Pay What you Can" samples too? Or will sampling tickets be extra? Thinking about volunteering for the event if they need people still but curious about logistics of the event itself. I know it is a fundraiser so I will be giving as much as I can one way or the other.

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              ylsf RE: Otonabee Oct 4, 2011 01:06 PM

              Looking forward to this. Still haven't decided if I will be attending only or attending and volunteering but it is on my calender. Read that Ron Sexsmith will be there too.

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                cynalan RE: ylsf Oct 4, 2011 08:19 PM

                Can't quite imagine how this will work with 20,000 people attending.

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                fluffysouffle RE: Otonabee Oct 7, 2011 03:33 PM

                Going! Could be a huge mess but I'm heading into it with an open mind and the hope that it helps make a difference.

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                  dubchild RE: Otonabee Oct 7, 2011 09:02 PM

                  There are a couple of shuttle buses for those that don't drive. One is through slow foods.
                  I don't know how the whole event will play out. I have been to another Stadtlander event and it was great. I think if your mindset is getting value for pay what you can, then you are missing the point of this event. That isn't to say it will or will not be value. I think those who want to party with some great musicians and chefs, show support, and celebrate what this land can give us are the ones who will most enjoy this event.

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                    magic RE: dubchild Oct 8, 2011 07:45 AM

                    I agree, for this event in particular it truly is about the cause.

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                      iMarilyn RE: dubchild Oct 8, 2011 09:01 AM

                      @ dubchild: It's byob btw ;)

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                        dubchild RE: iMarilyn Oct 8, 2011 10:05 AM

                        Where did you see this posted? I would love to bring some wine.

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                          iMarilyn RE: dubchild Oct 8, 2011 11:03 AM

                          On their FB page they say they're not serving alcohol. I don't think they'll be frisking people at the door if you chose to pack a flask.

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                            ylsf RE: iMarilyn Oct 8, 2011 11:09 AM

                            I think the idea is that there is no booze so they have less of a security issue too...

                            I am going, but, I am just curious how everything is going to work out and I am mentally prepared for being stuck in a 3 hour parking nightmare, etc. :)

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                      ylsf RE: Otonabee Oct 13, 2011 01:09 PM

                      So, who is actually going for sure?

                      I am definitely going rain or shine. They addressed some of the logistics issues on their facebook. I am hoping for the best, regardless I am sure it will be memorable one way or the other.

                      BTW, for those that don't have cars there were some buses arranged. You can find more info on their facebook page. Some of them are full already (like the one from Guelph) but imagine they will add buses for departures from Toronto if needed?

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                        TorontoJo RE: ylsf Oct 13, 2011 01:37 PM

                        Here's some info on the bus situation:


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                          ggom1 RE: TorontoJo Oct 14, 2011 10:02 AM

                          Just bought a ticket for the 7:30am Slow Food bus - anyone else on the same one?

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                          haggisdragon RE: ylsf Oct 13, 2011 02:50 PM

                          Still definitely going. Need to buy a pair of wellies.

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                            freelancer RE: ylsf Oct 13, 2011 03:29 PM

                            I'm def. going!

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                              dubchild RE: ylsf Oct 14, 2011 04:11 AM


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                              JennaBean RE: Otonabee Oct 13, 2011 01:42 PM

                              Does anyone know if you can pay at arrival or if you need to do it online before hand?

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                                ylsf RE: JennaBean Oct 13, 2011 02:13 PM

                                They posted that you can make a donation in person before but I think you are better off pre-registering both so they know the numbers better and to possibly save time getting in (although, it may not make a difference depending on how they set up entrance)..

                                They also are asking that each person register individually.

                              2. Otonabee RE: Otonabee Oct 15, 2011 12:19 PM

                                OK, after MUCH consideration I will be there!

                                Anyone else taking the 10:00 bus?

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                                  dubchild RE: Otonabee Oct 15, 2011 03:29 PM

                                  The slow food bus has changed one of their times from 11:30 to 9:30. Check your bus times and they suggest you show up 15 min early.

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                                    Otonabee RE: dubchild Oct 15, 2011 04:36 PM


                                    BTW I've been STRONGLY advised by one of the people volunteering to bring rubber boots, hats and mittens as well as rain gear. I can say from having been up there quite a bit, it gets COLD!!

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                                  ylsf RE: Otonabee Oct 16, 2011 03:57 PM

                                  My brief summary - WOW

                                  I will post more later but I am in a bit of a good coma right now. We planned to get there before the gates opened (got there around 10:45am) and I think that was a great idea as things did get pretty busy as the day progressed and the lines were longer but I was so stuffed by the end of the day and even though I wanted to try more of what was left I both didn't have enough room, and felt like I had my share and wanted those that got their later to try some stuff before sold out/given out.

                                  Overall, the event meat and exceeded my expectations. The logistics were worked out pretty well.

                                  More to follow later.... I already heard about one thing I missed that sounds awesome - Bacon Fat Peanut Butter/ bacon jam sandwich! (Niagara Street Cafe).

                                  Thanks for the organizers, chefs, and volunteers!

                                  Good to see so many supporters out there. I hope that the provincial government takes notice!

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                                    dubchild RE: ylsf Oct 16, 2011 05:28 PM

                                    Ditto. Awesome event. This was even better than the event we attended on his property, and we payed $150 for that one. For those that didn't go, I'm sorry to say, you missed out big time. The food was included in your pay what you can admission.
                                    We arrived around 11:30, line ups were short and all the food was great. It must have been exciting for the chefs to stretch themselves working outdoors and adapting to a different environment. My vote for best, from what I tried, goes to Chef Higgins, from George Brown's cooking program, and his acorn squash soup with candied pecan and confit chicken. For those who haven't looked at his CV on Chef DB, it includes a stint at Buckingham Palace as well as other top establishments.
                                    Weather was less than perfect but the crowd remained festive. Despite the wind by the mainstage, Hayden and Cuff the Duke put on great sets. Apparently the attendance was approx. 28,000, that's what the Jays average nowadays. An exceptionally well run event all things considered. Some had run out of food by 3pm but most were still serving until we left at 4:30pm.
                                    Big thanks to all involved and as ylsf mentioned, make the provincial government take notice of this important cause.

                                  2. jlunar RE: Otonabee Oct 16, 2011 06:41 PM

                                    I am so sad-faced to have missed this. I'm hearing everyone had a wonderful time!

                                    1. Splendid Wine Snob RE: Otonabee Oct 16, 2011 07:05 PM

                                      Had an amazing time, great food, but I took a very chill, ambling about attitude. Wasn't there to judge food put out, but everything tasted fantastic. It was inspiring to see so many people care about such an important issue.

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                                        ggom1 RE: Splendid Wine Snob Oct 17, 2011 07:54 AM

                                        Yeah I was totally amazed by how the event turned out. I arrived really early since I was on the first bus, and there wasn't much set up when I got there, so it was great seeing how everything came together. Luckily, I was there early enough to try a lot of things before the lines got too long - by that time I was stuffed so half of my time was spent just roaming and enjoying the atmosphere. The pb/bacon jam sandwich was actually my favourite - the pb was made from both bacon fat and duck fat I think? Lol

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                                        magic RE: Otonabee Nov 21, 2012 08:19 AM

                                        Great news reported by the Toronto Star!

                                        Mega Quarry stopped!!!


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                                          dubchild RE: magic Nov 21, 2012 08:28 AM

                                          Great news. Difficult to say for certain what stopped the quarry but I like to believe that people have the power and can make a difference. Congrats to Stadtlander and all those involved.

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                                            ylsf RE: magic Nov 21, 2012 01:08 PM

                                            Great news indeed. I hope they do another food event to "celebrate" next year :) Foodstock was definitely a great experience, I won't say that I personally influenced the stopping of this mega quarry but I am sure that the number of people turning out to these events showed the government what the people wanted and didn't want.

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                                              magic RE: ylsf Nov 21, 2012 01:22 PM

                                              The local community, activists, press, and foodies all had a real impact here, it's pretty clear.

                                              A terrific day!!

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