TORONTO, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - "Making your own wine and cider is a fun way to
support local sustainable farmers and enjoy the pleasures of place and taste,"
Mike Schreiner, Vice President of Local Food Plus (LFP), told a news
conference today. "LFP is excited to partner with Fermentations to promote
local sustainable Greenbelt grown grapes for wine and apples for cider."
Fermentations, located at 276 Danforth Avenue (between Broadview and
Chester), is consistently voted the best place in Toronto to make wine and
beer by the readers of NOW Magazine and EYE Weekly. This past year the Wine
Judges of Canada awarded Fermentations a silver medal for their Niagara grown
Vidal and Baco Noir wines and a gold medal for their local Riesling Ice Wine.
"We are pleased to support local farmers and share a taste of the
Greenbelt with our customers," said Charles Fajgenbaum, Grand Master Winemaker
and owner of Fermentations. Fermentations offers Vidal, Riesling, Baco Noir,
Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc wine grape
from Niagara Grape King Kevin Watson's Family Farm, as well as LFP certified
Vidal and Baco Noir wine grapes from Laura Sabourin of Feast of Fields Organic
Farm. New this year is LFP certified apples for cider from Peter Bosman of
Lincoln Line Orchards.
"Supporting local farmers and promoting local food and drink is a top
priority for the Greenbelt," said Shelley Petrie, Program Director for the
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "The Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to
support leaders like Local Food Plus. We are excited that Fermentations is
offering grapes and apples from Greenbelt farmers."
"Urban-rural partnerships like this are key to supporting our local
farmers, enjoying the bounty of the countryside and reducing our carbon
footprint" said Peter Tabuns MPP who represents the riding of Toronto Danforth
where Fermentations is located. Paul DeCampo of Slow Food Toronto echoed the
other speakers, "Wine is the food that most clearly communicates the
importance of provenance. Congratulations to LFP and Fermentations for making
it possible for people to participate in the production of wine and cider from
LFP is an award winning non-profit organization that brings farmers and
consumers to the table to share in the benefits of environmentally and
socially responsible food production. When you choose LFP certified food,
- Enjoy fresh food from Ontario.
- Support environmentally responsible farming.
- Conserve energy and cut greenhouse gases.
- Ensure fair conditions for farm workers.
- Provide humane care for livestock.
- Preserve farmland and wildlife habitat.
- Foster a strong local economy.
For further information:
For further information: Mike Schreiner, Vice President, Local Food
Plus, (416) 708-0725 (cell), (416) 699-6070, ext. 223 (office),
Mike@localfoodplus.ca, www.localfoodplus.ca; Charles Fajgenbaum, Owner,
Fermentations, (416) 778-9000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fermentations.ca