Upcoming Events


There's a lot going on in October! If you want RCR to advertise your event too, email info@rootcellarsrock.ca. Here are a few upcoming events about different aspects of our food system:

Organic Week

Celebrate organic food, farming and products in Canada.

When: October 15- 22

Where: All across Canada! Check out the listing of NL events.

What: Canada’s National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Hundreds of individual events showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment. Organic represents a vibrant alternative food system and an alternative option for clothing, personal care and cleaning products. We have so much to celebrate in Canada! Visit the Organic Week website for full details. Presented by Canadian Organic Growers and Canada Organic Trade Association


Newfoundland and Labrador's "Fresh Connection" Networking Workshop

Growing the link between the Producer and the Plate.

When: Tuesday, October 25

Time: 9am start

Where: Lester Farm Chalet, 92 Pearltown Road, St. John's

What: This full-day event will allow farmers and culinary professionals to come together to discuss opportunities that could exist by working together. Workshops on Relationship Marketing, National and International Best Practices, and the Past, Present and Future of Culinary Tourism in NL. Also one-on-one networking sessions for producers and culinary professionals. Register early, space is limited! $30 registration fee. Contact Crystal Anderson-Baggs at 637-2086 or CrystalAndersonBaggs@gov.nl.ca. Presented by Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources Agrifoods.

Evening event: From this Rock- a dinner of local fare at the Johnson Geo Centre, 175 Signal Hill Rd., St. John's. Tasting dinner and wine pairing of all things local! Enjoy an 8 course tasting menu of local food paired with local beer, wine and spirits. CBC’s Ramona Dearing to MC. 6:30pm cocktail hour and 7pm tasting menu. Tickets are $179 tax included. Tickets available at 765-8483 or admin@ranl.ca. Presented by RANL.


Genetically Modified Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic Canada is at the centre of the global controversy over GM fish.

When: Thursday, October 27

Time: 7-9pm

Where: The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road, St. John's (parking at the Basilica)

What: Canada and the US could soon approve a genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon - the first-ever GM food animal in the world. The small US company AquaBounty wants to produce GM salmon eggs on PEI, to grow-out in Panama and sell to US consumers. What are the risks for wild Atlantic salmon? How is Atlantic Canada at the centre of this controversy? Free admission, everyone welcome. See the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network's website for full event details. Event moderated by Ken Kavanagh of the Council of Canadians St. John’s Chapter and with speakers:

  • Eric Hoffman, Biotechnology Policy Campaigner, Friends of the Earth U.S., Washington DC
  • Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Food Safety, Washington DC
  • Leo Broderick, Vice Chair, Council of Canadians, PEI
  • Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Ottawa


St. John’s Safer Soil Lead Safe Gardening and Landscaping Demonstration Garden Tours

When: Ongoing- Thursdays until October 27

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Where: Behind The Gathering Place, St. John's (Enter through gate on left side of building)

Are you concerned about lead in city soil? St. John’s Safer Soil promotes safe city gardening and recreation in areas with elevated soil lead levels. If you haven't made it yet this year, bring your lunch to enjoy outdoors during a garden tour. Or contact Lori Heath at 738-7542, or safersoil@gmail.com, to arrange a time that is convenient for you. More information at www.safersoil.ning.com.