2022 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Photography courtesy Metro
Metro is returning to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto this month with its Spotlight on Local activation.
The activation will feature an educational component on food waste, as well as a range of local vendors and the Champions Showcase presented by Metro, which highlights the winners of the event’s food competitions spanning ten categories.
Metro is also providing a fully funded field trip to select grand one and two classrooms across the GTA to attend The Royal.
“Our field trip experience aims to educate young students and encourage them to challenge the myths about where their food comes from, where it goes and how they can start taking action,” said Joe Fusco, senior vice president of Metro, in a statement. “Students will have the opportunity to participate in an educational session with Joti Wall, a homeschool teacher and wife of a local Ontario farmer, and interact with our Locally Sourced vendors to learn about the lifecycle of food, and how they work with local farmers and producers.”
In addition to Spotlight on Local at The Royal, the grocer supports Ontario food producers through its Locally Sourced program.
“We’re excited to help shine a light on a vibrant array of local food producers from across Ontario, offering samples of their products and connecting them directly with consumers, as well as other local food suppliers," Fusco stated. “Since 2017, Metro has been increasing Ontarians’ access to locally grown and produced goods through our Locally Sourced program. As Ontario’s community grocer, we really value the relationships this program has built within our local communities and that’s why it’s so important we celebrate them.”
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs Nov. 2 to 12 at Exhibition Place in Toronto.