by Malcolm Jolley

Chef Michael Stadtlander cooks lunch for Foodstock volunteers and visiting journalists at Vander Zaag Farm.

On October 16 the Vander Zaag Potato Farm in North Dufferin County is going to smell delicious. At Foodstock, a hundred or so chefs from across Ontario (and a few special guests from further away – see the list below) will be cooking for anyone who shows up to hear concerts by artists like Jim Cuddy and Sarah Harmer to show opposition to the proposed Mega Quarry, which is to be dug (literally) next door. The farms that make up the site of Foodstock will, by all accounts, be destroyed if the environmental disaster is allowed to come to pass.

A small group of journalists, including your faithful correspondent, recently toured the Foodstock site and sat down to a staggeringly good lunch cooked with ingredients all endangered by the diabolical Boston hedge fund financed mega quarry. It was all cooked on an open fire by Foodstock organiser Michael Stadtländer and his Eigensinn Farm crew. Between courses I spoke to some organisers of the event for the video below.

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GFR Presents a Partial List of Foodstock Chefs from Across Ontario from Niagara to Muskoka, Ottawa to Stratford (and one or two from Toronto too) as of 10am, September 29.

Aaron Joseph Bear Robe, Keriwa Café
Adam Colquhoun, Oyster Boy
Albert Ponzo, Le Select Bistro
Alex Johnston, Hockley Valley Resort
Alexandra Feswick, Brockton General
Andrea Greyerbiehl, Leona Nyman, Azurra
Anne Yarymowich, Frank Restaurant at the AGO
Anthony Rose, The Drake Hotel
Anthony Walsh, Bannok and Oliver and Bonacini Restaurants
Audrey  Demers, private chef
Bertrand Alepee, The Tempered chef
Brad Long,Sara Kuntz, Belong Café
Carl Heinreich & Ryan Donovan, Marben
Carole Ferrari, The Bus Kitchen
Ceasar Guinto, Cravings Fine Food Market and Catering
Daniel Hong, Anna Kim, Furusato Restaurant
Chez Michel, Creemore
Chris Brown, The Stop Community Food Centre
Christophe and Wispy Boivin, Tremont Café
Christopher Palik, L’eat Catering
Daisuke Izuts,  Kaiseki Sakura
Dave Nesbitt, Creemore Coffee Company
David Keenan, At Five, Barrie
David Kokai, Loic Gourmet
Dawn Woodward and Ed Rek, Evelyneís Crackers
Derek Bendig and Colen Quinn, Pangaea
Derek Zavislake, Merchants of Green Coffee
Diane, Whole World Trade Ltd.
Don Akehurst, Sovereign Restaurant
Donna Dooher, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Evelyne Gharbirian, Hearty Catering
Fabio Bondi and Michael Sangregorio, Local Kitchen and Wine Bar
Fawzi Kotb,  Veloute Bistro & Catering
Gareth Carter, Men with Knives
Giacomo Pasquini , Vertical
Graham Pratt, The Gabardine
Hiro Yoshida, Hiro Sushi
J.P. Challet, Ici Bistro
Jamie Kennedy, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens
Janice Suarez, Pastry Chef
Jason, The Mono Cliff’s Inn
Jeff Brown and Jennifer Rashleigh, Delight
Jeffery Claudio,  Scarpetta at The Thompson Hotel
Jennifer, Bruce Wine Bar
Jeremy Korten, Oliver and Bonacini Blue Mountain
Joe Levesque,International Centre
Joelle Rogers, Tesoro Restaurant
John Higgins, George Brown College
Joshna Maharaj, Freelance
Keith Frogett, Scaramouche
Kevin McKenna and Phillip Heilborn, Globe Bistro, Earth Rosedale, Earth Bloor West
Linda and Suzy, Alternative Grounds
Lora Kirk, Ruby Watchco
Lorenzo Leveto, George Restaurant
Luis Valenzuaela, Torito Tapas Bar
Marita and Jorg, Haisai
Mark & Christen, Espresso Post
Matthew Flett , Dave Jones, Georgian College
Matty Matheson, Parts & Labour
Michael and Nobuyo Stadtlander, Eigensinn Farm
Michael Sacco, Chocosol Chocolate Traders
Michael Shmidt, and Chef Carey McLellan, Glencolton Farms
Nick Laliberte, Poutini’s House of Poutine
Patrick McMurray, Starfish Oysterbed and Grill, Ceilei Cottage
Paul Boehmer, Milana Lise, Boehmer
Paul Harber, Ravine Vineyard
Philip Patrick, The Ridge at Manitou
Rob Gentile, Buca Restaurant
Rob Uffen’s Trout House, Pine Springs
Robin Pradhan, Rocky Racoon Café
Rocco Agostina, Enoteca Sociale, Pizza Liberetto
Rodney Bowers, Hey Meatball
Roger Genoe, Ravenna Market
Rory Golden, Deerhurst Resort
Ross Fraser, Fraser Café
Ruth Klahsen, Monforte Dairy
Ryan Crawford, The Stone Road Grille
Scott Chalmers and Andrew Barber, Simplicity Bistro
Shawn Adler, The Flying Chestnut
Stacey Fokas, Food Blogger and author
Stefan Czapalay,  (representing Nova Scotia)
Steffan Howard, Palais Royale, Casa Loma
Teo Paul, Union
Tobias Pohl-Weary, Red Canoe Bistro
Trish Donnelly, Chef Donnelly Catering
Two Brothers Inc., Jacob Sharkey Pearce
Victor Barry, Splendido, The County General
Zane Caplansky, Caplansky’s

Malcolm Jolley is a founding editor of Good Food Revolution and Executive Director of Good Food Media, the non-profit organization that publishes GFR. Follow him at Photo: John Gundy. This video is made possible through the kind support of Fortessa Canada/Schott Zwiesel: casual elegance for everyday living.