Queen's Park Celebrates Ontario's Greenbelt Harvest Brought to you by the Greenbelt Foundation

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the
Legislative Assembly of Ontario, hosts the Queen's Park Plate tonight where
MPPs and Mayors along with farming and environmental advocates celebrate a
Greenbelt-grown harvest. Top chefs, vintners and brew masters from various
Greenbelt regions will tempt taste buds with delicious local food and
    "Making the Legislative Assembly of Queen's Park a showcase of Ontario
product is an initiative of mine as Speaker," affirms Speaker Peters. "This
event is a great example of what is grown and produced in our own backyard."
    Providing the culinary delights are chefs:

    -   Michael Aldred, The Tin Mill,  -  Peter Gotterson, Seasons
        Uxbridge;                         Restaurant, Oakville;
    -   Warren Berman, Great           -  Jason Parsons, Peller Estates
        Temptations, Ajax;                Winery, Niagara; and,
    -   Donna Cane, Victoria Inn,      -  Dan DeMatteis, Jamie Kennedy
        Rice Lake;                        Wine Bar, Toronto.
    -   Roberto Fracchioni, Millcroft
        Inn, Caledon;

    "We support Greenbelt agriculture from the ground up," says Burkhard
Mausberg, President of the Greenbelt Foundation. "The Queen's Park Plate
celebrates the restaurants, wineries and breweries that use local food. It is
a fantastic way to share the bounty of Ontario's Greenbelt."
    The Foundation is dedicated to supporting farming and has committed some
$8 million to local food initiatives. Grantees and projects include everything
from environmentally friendly farm practices, to establishing new markets to
improving public awareness of and access to local food. The Foundation also
launched a new website recently, Greenbeltfresh.ca, where finding a local
farmers' market is as easy as entering a postal code.

    Possibility grows in the Greenbelt. Wrapping around the Golden Horseshoe,
the Greenbelt is 1.8 million acres of potential to make Ontario, and the
earth, a better place. Encompassing the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges
Moraine, Rouge Park, hundreds of rural towns and villages and some 7,000
farms, it is home to some of the most valuable agricultural land in Canada.

    Event Location: October 29, 2008 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Legislative Assembly of
Ontario, Queen's Park, Committee Rooms 228 and 230

For further information:

For further information: Danielle Pignataro, Communications Director,
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, dpignataro@ourgreenbelt.ca, (416)
960-0001 ext. 301

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