According to the Food Security Network, eight communities across Newfoundland and Labrador are celebrating World Food Day and raising awareness about food security issues. The annual event, initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1979, will be marked in the communities of  Riverhead, Hopedale, Carbonear, St. John’s and Corner Brook. Harbour Breton and Happy Valley-Goose Bay have already held events in their communities.

Visit the Food Security Network’s web site for more information. Here is a listing of the events in those communities listed above:

1. World Food Day Gardening Workshop and Local Food Meal (Riverhead)

When: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Father Val Power Learning Centre, Riverhead, St. Mary’s Bay

The Father Val Power Learning Centre is hosting a gardening workshop with guest speaker Tony Brunetti. Followed by a free, local food meal of homemade soup with vegetables from the community garden and desserts using local berries. Stay afterwards for a community garden tour. Contact Sheila Lee at [email protected] or 525-2260.

2. World Food Day Food Drive (Hopedale)

When: Wednesday, October 17

Various organizations in Hopedale, Labrador, are collecting non-perishable food items in recognition of World Food Day. The food will be collected on the 17th and donated to families in need. Please contact Christine Vincent at[email protected] for more information.

3. Fourth Annual World Food Day Movie & Meal (St. John’s)

When: Friday, October 19
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Where: Gower St. United Church, St. John’s
Cost: $15 or pay-what-you-can

The Meal: a three-course meal made mostly of local ingredients showcasing fish, vegetables, & fruit of Newfoundland & Labrador.

The Movie: END OF THE LINE, an eye-opening documentary looking at the impact of overfishing on oceans www.endoftheline.com

Proceeds from the event will support community-based food security projects. To reserve seats contact Rick Kelly at [email protected] or call (709) 237-4026. Vegan/vegetarian options available. Volunteers needed. Contact Sarah at [email protected] or (709) 237-4026 to help out. Hosted by the Food Security Network NL, Oxfam, and the Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance (CURRA).

4. World Food Day Community Garden Potluck Picnic (Carbonear)

When: Saturday, October 20
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: St. Patrick’s Community Garden, St. Clare Avenue, Carbonear

The St Patrick’s Community Garden in Carbonear is hosting a potluck and garden clean-up event. Guests are asked to please bring along something cold: sandwiches, salads, finger foods, snacks, etc. Refreshments, tea, and coffee will be provided. Gardeners will clean up the beds and walkways, compost plant materials, and spread more mulch around the garden. As well, gardeners can guarantee their spot for next year and discuss ideas for next Spring.

In the case of poor weather the event will be delayed until Saturday, October 27th. See The community garden Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/groups/stpatsgarden/

5. Second Annual World Food Day Harvest Party at the Blow Me Down Community Garden (Corner Brook)

When: Sunday, October 21
Time: 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Where: Blow Me Down Cross Country Ski Lodge, Lundrigan Drive, Corner Brook

The Western Environment Centre is hosting a Harvest Party that will feature a local food potluck, music and even some healthy competition. Community gardeners and the public are invited to submit an entry in one or all of the 4 contests including: 1) Funniest Looking Vegetable; 2) Kids Food Art; 3) Adults Food Art; and 4) Best Prepared Food. All submissions should include at least one local ingredient, preferably home grown.

All are welcome and admission is free! For more information about the community garden or the Harvest Party, please contact The Western Environment Centre at [email protected] or 639 0937.

6. St. Bonaventure’s College World Food Day Hunger Banquet and Movie (St. John’s)

When: Tuesday, October 23
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: St. Bonaventure’s College
Cost: $20

The St. Bonaventure’s College Social justice Committee is hosting a hunger banquet in recognition of World Food Day. A Hunger Banquet is an educational event where guests gain greater understanding of the problems of global hunger and poverty. Students will be serving, cooking and cleaning up for this event. All proceeds raised from this event will go to local food initiatives.

After the meal guests will enjoy a screening of “…And This Is My Garden”, an inspirational documentary film about the power of education to foster healthier lifestyles and to reconnect youth to the earth. The film follows two teachers in Wabowden, Northern Manitoba, as they empower their students with the knowledge, discipline and skills to grow their own food sustainably in backyard gardens.

Contact Chris Peters at [email protected] for more information.