Enter to win the first annual Yes You Can! food contest

Two RiversCalling all Picklers, Canners, Bakers and Value-Added Product Makers …do you make a relish, jam or cookie (or any other value-added local food product) that is the best? Are you ready to see if everyone else agrees? The Two Rivers Food Hub is happy to announce the first annual Yes… you “Can”! Food Contest.

The competition closes Friday, September 11, 2015, and winners will be announced as part of the Lanark County Harvest Festival on September 13 at 3pm, at Beckwith Park. Home canners, farmers, and professional food processors are invited to enter for a chance to win a 5-hour food-production experience at the Two Rivers Food Hub in Smiths Falls. This includes full access to our inspected fully-equipped commercial kitchens and consulting time with the food hub staff on how to take your product to market.

Compete in any of three categories: ‘sweet preserve’, ‘pickle’ or ‘other’ (‘other’ includes any local food based value-added product including dried, fermented, baked, etc.); one winner will be chosen as the ‘overall winner’, taking home the grand prize. The staff and board members of The Two Rivers Food Hub will carry out judging for the three categories with the ‘Best Overall’ winner being selected and awarded by a panel of Harvest Festival volunteers.

Entrants must be from the Counties of Lanark or Leeds Grenville and have a product which incorporates local ingredients, and which they are interested in taking to market.

Products must be delivered to one of the following locations no later than 4:00 pm Friday, September 11, 2015:

  • Two Rivers Food Hub, Gallipeau Centre, Smiths Falls
  • Lanark County Administration Building on Sunset Blvd, Perth
  • The Granary, located on Bridge St., Carleton Place

“This contest provides a great opportunity for local food makers to expand their current production and share their amazing product with new markets. The Two Rivers Food Hub makes it easier to grow beyond a small, home based business, increase production and introduce your food to a network of consumers that want local products. The demand for local food has never been greater.” comments Marie White, Lanark County Tourism Manager.

“We hope to introduce more producers to the equipment and facilities newly offered by the Two Rivers Food Hub”, Bruce Enloe adds, “and encourage local producers to grow and expand in order to meet the demand for local food.”

For more information, contact Bruce Enloe, Two Rivers Food Hub General Manager, bruce@tworiversfoodhub.com. For general information, visit http://tworiversfoodhub.com/ or call 613-205-1338.

For more information, contact:
Marie White, Lanark County Tourism Manager
mariew@lanarkcounty.ca
613-267-4200 ext. 1530

Bruce Enloe, Two Rivers Food Hub General Manager
bruce@tworiversfoodhub.com
613-205-1338