More producers, more crossings between the two shores, more space to move, everything was implemented to make this food fair unique in Outaouais and Eastern Ontario Regional.
The Foire gourmande Outaouais-Est ontarien was inspired by the Foire gourmande de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue et du Nord-Est Ontarien, an initiative that has been going on for many years in Villle-Marie, Québec.
In fall 2009, stakeholders in rural economic development in Eastern Ontario and Ottawa meet for the first time to develop the foundations for a project-oriented agro-tourism between the two coastal regions. The challenge: the river and no bridge nearby! The ferry is unique and original as a solution to bring together producers and consumers on both sides. In the months that follow, two coordinators are hired to ensure the coordination of the two sub-committees, one in Quebec and one in Ontario. In Quebec, it is la Table de concertation agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TCAO). In eastern Ontario, it is the United Counties of Prescott and Russell that take under their wings the coordination of this project.
In addition, funding and strategic partners research, developing promotional tools and time of day, and the recruitment of producers and chefs will be on the agenda of the organizing committee members throughout of 2010.
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