Learn about getting food products to market with full-day training session

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The City of Kingston and the Township of South Frontenac are hosting a full-day food production training session, The A to Z of Getting Your Food Products to Market

Local food enthusiasts who are looking to get into the food production business or expand their existing food operation to sell locally to restaurants, smaller food stores, or online are invited to this comprehensive training event at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on Friday, Apr. 12, 2024. 

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According to a release from the City, the session will feature presentations from key stakeholders including the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), KFLA Public Health, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and local businesses eager to share their expertise. 

“Last year, we held two food production events and they were very well received,” said Tracey Snow, Manager of Rural Economic & Community Development. “We’ve heard from many community members that this training is of great benefit to those who dream of starting or scaling a food-based business. It also highlights the importance of local food in our community and gives participants the opportunity to learn about the policies, tools and resources available to them.”  

The City said the training session is open to anyone, whether they are brand new to food production or an established farmer or business owner looking to scale up their business. According to the release, the event will take participants through all the steps of starting a food business such as renting and using a commercial kitchen, food safety requirements and getting products on the shelves. 

Kingston has three commercial kitchens available for rent, the City stated, with another one located in South Frontenac. According to the release, these state-of-the-art facilities are available to anyone looking to produce and sell food products. 

“Starting a business can feel daunting, but we want participants to know there is a growing market for local food in the region, backed by a strong local network that really supports this kind of entrepreneurship,” Snow added.  

Those interested in registering for The A to Z of Getting Your Food Products to Market can do so online. The City said that space is limited, lunch will be provided, and parking is free on site.

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