Harvest Gala: Farmers feeding food banks, too

Ontario farm­ers and the Ontario Association of Food Banks have again joined forces to fight hunger over the coming year.

People in agriculture will be coming together at the second annual Harvest Gala here to celebrate Ontario’s bounty and raise funds to share that food with those in need.

“Last year’s inaugural Harvest Gala was an over­whelm­ingly positive event,” said John Maaskant, a chicken farmer and chairman of the Ontario Farm Animal Council, which is helping to host the event. “We invite anyone who has an interest in food or farm­ing to come to the gala. It is a great opportunity to network with others who work in agriculture, and all for a good cause to help the food banks.”

The 2009 Harvest Gala will be held on Oct. 22 in the Delta Guelph Ballroom. It will feat­ure gourmet Ontario foods, win­es, and beer, as well as live entertainment. A wine tasting station will add to the fun.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the gourmet tasting stations will begin serving at 7pm. 

The event will also high­light the launch of the 2010 Faces of Farming calen­dar.

Tickets are $125, with a $25 charitable receipt to the OAFB. Tables of ten will be sold for $1,250 and include recognition at the event. 

For tickets or more infor­mation, visit www.ofac.org or phone the Ontario Farm Animal Council at 519-837-1326.