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Verona, ON. August 8, 2012 – The 6th annual Verona Lions Garlic Festival will be held at 9 am – 2 pm on September 1st at the Verona Lions Centre, 5404 Verona Sands Rd.  Garlic producers will gather to showcase their celebrated bulbs and compete in the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards. Garlic themed food will be served, vendors with local produce and products will be in attendance and fun attractions for all ages will be offered.

Garlic is the main attraction. Farmers will be offering dozens of different varieties of fresh garlic. A wide selection of different garlic themed products will be available as well, such as a variety of sauces and spreads. Garlic bulbs will be available individually or in bulk, so visitors can stock up for the year ahead. Knowledgeable farmers will also be providing advice and tips on planting and preparing your own garlic. Guest chef McKenzie from ‘Seed to Sausage’ will demonstrate his skills accompanied by a wine tasting from Bergeron Wineries. “The festival is wonderful. It really brings the community together for a great day outdoors, and there is so much garlic!” says Louise Day, a member of the Verona Lions.

Festival highlights include:

  • Egg McLions breakfast at the Lions canteen
    Garlic pork sausages, local beef-on-a-bun sandwiches, rabbit sausages, hot dogs, fries, and vegetarian options will be served for lunch. Plenty of fresh garlic toppings will be offered as well.
  • Children’s Centre with arts and crafts, mini-golf and train rides on the “Verona Cattail Express”.
  • Frontenac Farmers Market with vendors offering farm-fresh corn, garlic nibbles, jams, preserves, maple syrup, fresh bread and other baked goods, soups, local honey, and other seasonal produce.
  • Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards hosted by the Verona Lions. Prizes will be awarded for the best single bulb, 12-variety display, educational display, and braid.

The festival will carry on rain or shine. Entry is by donation. Parking is free. The venue is 20 minutes north of Kingston, just off Road 38.

New vendors are welcome for a fee of $75. Not-for profit organizations intending to offer educational displays will not be charged.  For more information on vendor applications please contact Wayne Conway at 613.374.3807 or by email at wayne.conway@sympatico.ca. For awards information please contact Paul Pospisil at 613.273.5683. For general festival information please contact John McDougall at 613.374.2516 or by email at john.mcdougall@xplornet.ca

The use of a very modern technology to teach the creation of a traditional product recently took top honours in Community Economic Development in a province-wide competition. The Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) was recognized for its development of an iPad application “How to start a cheese-making business”.

“To start a cheese making business is a pretty complex and long process. And so we gathered that information together and developed the iPad application. We did this because we identified that there was an opportunity for new rural businesses in our communities,” says Anne Prichard, Executive Director of the Frontenac CFDC.

The Frontenac CFDC won the Award of Excellence at the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporation’s Annual Conference, held in Sault Ste. Marie.  The Community Futures office, located in Harrowsmith, was given the prestigious award for the iPad App, the first time such technology has been honoured.  Award winners are selected based on how innovative the initiative is, how it impacts the community and local economy, and whether the concept can be successfully used by another CFDC in a different region.

Ms. Prichard explains that the Frontenac CFDC is a member of a unique economic development partnership with the counties of Hastings, Lennox & Addington and Prince Edward.  It’s objective is to help entrepreneurs who want to establish an artisanal food or beverage business.  This partnership began with the launch of an Invest in Cheese Initiative thanks to funding from the Frontenac CFDC, Trenval CFDC in Belleville, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington (PELA) CFDC in Picton and North and Central Hastings and South Algonquin in Bancroft. .   Creation of the iPad app business tool followed the successful launch of this economic development thrust.

The first challenge was gathering all the necessary information for the creation of the app.  Information on cheese making using milk from various animals was researched, and then all the rules and regulations had to be collected.  “We were like an individual business looking for all that information and trying to compile it,” Ms. Prichard explains.

Once all the information was carefully researched, the next step was the actual creation of the app, and then it came time for people to learn about the existence of the app.  The CFDC soon got the word out.

“We’ve been fairly successful in getting that information out to individuals who would be interested. We have very active social media on our website with over 2200 people following us.  As well, we’ve had workshops where we’ve brought people in and they’ve come and seen the iPad – and worked right through the iPad application itself,” Ms. Prichard adds.   According to the iTunes store, more than 600 people have downloaded the app.

The app was developed to assist   people interested in establishing a cheese making business,  which in turn adds to growing list of locally produced foods. The Frontenac CFDC, with its county partners, have pooled their resources and are working together to develop and attract artisan food and beverage producers to the region.  Under the banner of Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) region, this historic partnership is actively supporting and working to attract  other area cheese makers, wineries and breweries, as well as bakers, specialty condiment makers and a charcuterie (processor of specialty hams, sausages, patés and deli meats.)

“We are pleased to honour Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation and their partners for their work in developing this Cheese making iPad App.  It shows how innovative they are in bringing technology into everyday use,” says Diana Jedig, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations.


There are 61 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) across rural and Northern Ontario.  They offer free business counselling, loans for start-up and expansion of small business, strategic planning on local projects, and community economic development.  Each CFDC is locally managed by a volunteer board of directors, funded by Industry Canada’s Community Futures Program through FedNor in Northern Ontario, and FedDev Ontario in Southern Ontario. To learn more about Community Futures program in Ontario or the OACFDC, go to www.ontcfdc.com

FAB Region’s award-winning Invest In Cheese iPad app is featured on Premier McGuinty’s Blog today! Last week a camera crew met with  Anne Prichard (Frontenac CFDC), Karin Desveaux (Prince Edward County) and master cheese maker Stephanie Diamant to chat about our App. Thanks to Maple Dale Cheese and Loyalist College for their hospitality and Stephanie for helping us get those great cheese making shots.

To view the full blog post visit http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/blog

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     –     February 2, 2012

BELLEVILLE – Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region was recognized with an award at this week’s Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) annual conference in Toronto. The award recognizes the iPad App “How to start a Cheese Making Business in Eastern Ontario” as an innovative use of technology and social media. The App was created in partnership with the Counties of Lennox & Addington, Hastings, Prince Edward as well as the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation.

“We are thrilled to receive this award”, stated Anne Prichard Executive Director of the Frontenac CFDC. “I am also proud of the way that we continue to work with our neighboring counties to pool resources and funding, and brand ourselves as the place to manufacture artisan food and beverages.”

“With sales of small scale and artisan cheese set to grow by $100 million in Ontario over the next decade, we want to position this region to be at the forefront of this growing industry,” stated Stephen Paul Economic Development Manager for Lennox & Addington County. “Our assessment indicates that there is a need for 25 to 50 new artisan cheese makers across the province and helping prospective cheese makers locate here by providing them with a clearinghouse of information ranging from milk supply, equipment, regulations and financing is just smart business,” added Karin Desveaux Economic Development for Prince Edward County.

“The collaboration between the four counties just made sense and those efforts are paying off. We have already had some serious contacts to follow up with as a result of the iPad App being downloaded more than 600 times. Receiving the award is very gratifying and validates for us that we are on the right track”, said Andrew Redden Economic Development Manager for Hastings County.

The iPad App is a how-to guide for starting your own cheese making business in Eastern Ontario. The App contains over 55 pages of interactive content, guidelines and fundamentals for creating a successful cheese making business from start to finish. Topics include an overview of the cheese making business in Ontario, start-up costs, interviews with current cheese makers, types of farms and animals, and much more.

About FAB Region – www.fabregion.ca

Ontario’s FAB Region consists of four municipal economic development offices, namely Hastings County, Lennox & Addington County, Prince Edward County, and the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation. Originally we partnered to market ourselves as Ontario’s Artisan Cheese Region – Invest In Cheese. While we are still keeping that brand, we are now moving forward as Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region. This includes investment marketing for craft brewing, wine making, distilling, artisan breads, charcuterie, mustard, condiments…. The list is endless.

About EDCO

EDCO is Canada’s largest provincial economic development association that offers this program as well as professional development opportunities throughout the year. Membership is close to 600 that come from the private and public sector.