We are so excited to host you for the Tour of the Royal Winter Fair next Monday morning. Our plan is to meet at the Royal in Hall C between 10:00am and 10:30 on Monday morning. I will provide a map and transit passes on Sunday when I meet you at the Taste Canada Cooks the Books event. We will then tour until 12:30 pm when we will have lunch at the Tanbark restaurant and meet Chef Michael Bonacini. We will continue the tour after lunch and wrap up around 2:30. You are free to stay and enjoy the Royal on your own after that.
I would like to make name tags and ask permission to take photographs and to email the attendees after the tour. Could you and each of your student attendees fill out the attendee form that includes the information below.
Also, we are hoping to have each attendee fill out a pre- and post- tour survey to gauge what attendees have learned and to gather any feedback or questions they might have about food and agriculture in Canada. It also helps us with reporting and to get funding for these events in the future. Find pre-tour survey below.
We also have a few extra spots on the tour if any of you have additional students or staff that want to attend. Let me know. Looking forward to meeting you all soon, Dorothy
Farm & Food Care
Farm & Food Care is a coalition linking thousands of livestock, crop and horticulture producers, government, individuals and businesses with a common goal to help people understand food and farming. Farm & Food Care believes that getting to know farmers and ranchers is getting to know food.
Canadian Food Focus
Canadian Food Focus is a gathering place to tell our Canadian food and farming stories. We will explore how food is grown and raised, share recipes and provide useful advice to help you make confident food choices.
Home Economist and Director of Communications of Canadian Food Focus
Dorothy Long is a champion of Canadian food and farming. As a Saskatchewan farm girl turned Home Economist, she has worked for more than 25 years to promote Canadian-grown foods and the hardworking industry that produces them.
Dorothy has developed and collaborated on a bounty of marketing strategies including CanolaInfo, Cuisine Canada, Growing Saskatchewan, HealthyFlax, Spread the Mustard and Pick Pork. She and her team are passionate about informing and inspiring consumers, food media, writers, chefs and dietitians from around the world about Canadian food, farmers and agriculture.
Dorothy is currently our Director of Communications at Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan where she spearheads the Canadian Food Focus project – a consumer-friendly website and marketing strategy. It fits well with Dorothy’s lifelong mission to build consumers’ understanding, trust and food literacy through sharing stories and information about Canadian farms and food.
Program Manager, Farm & Food Care Ontario
Raised on a family farm in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Christa from a young age was involved in growing and promoting local food. Her families’ fourth generation mixed farm was also a popular farm market, butcher shop and bakery.
Christa brings a lifelong passion for agriculture and has spent her career focused on agricultural communications and marketing. Using her journalism background, she’s been focused on sharing farmers’ stories of growing food and sustaining their businesses. She has worked in various communications roles over the last 20 years inspiring those working in agriculture and growing our food to stand up and be proud of the work they do, putting a face to farming.
Christa is currently the Program Manager at Farm & Food Care Ontario (FFCO) where she oversees farm tour programs for media, influencers, chefs, Registered Dietitians, dietetic interns, Professional Home Economists, culinary students, and recipe developers. In this role, Christa is committed to building public trust in food and farming in Ontario and across Canada through many FFCO projects including profiling the passion and people behind the food that we love through the Faces Behind Food project.
She is also a Director and Leader for Wellington Country 4-H, and a proud community volunteer. She lives in rural Wellington County with her husband and three children.