Strawberries and Asparagus, A Celebration

The 4th annual Strawberries & Asparagus Festival is taking place on June 12, 2010 from 11am to 5pm in Toronto’s Cedarvale Park. This well attended event continues to promote and incorporate public space, local sustainable food, nature appreciation, green business, live music, and health and wellness.

This year’s festival features exciting entertainment for all ages, including a solar cooking demonstration by La Palette Restaurant, and live entertainment featured on the Bullfrog Powered stage.

As with previous years, there will be several activities and entertainment for children as well, particularly in the renown Children’s Garden, led by Green Toronto Award finalist Claire Rodger, who is also a cast member of HGTV’s Dirty Business. Throughout the day, children will be invited to plant in, and cultivate the vegetable garden.

Attendees can buy and sample food from the farmer’s market, featuring local sustainable food from Daily Apple, Local Food Plus, Chocosol, Fiesta Farms and Kawartha Growers.

A number of local businesses will be exhibiting, featuring eco friendly products that include organic soaps and lotions, fashion and household items.

Other activities include free bike repairs courtesy of Bike Sauce, a guided walking tour led by Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) that investigates the stories of local street trees and new plantings in the ravine, as well as the returning Zen Zone featuring yoga and meditation. The Inorganic Market will also be returning, where attendees can drop off broken or used electronic waste items to be responsibly recycled.

The Strawberries & Asparagus Festival is the brainchild of local, green community activist Chris Chopik. Chris is a leader and go-to expert for Green Real Estate and Quality of Life topics. Chris has served as a volunteer on several boards and advisory committees including LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), Toronto Real Estate Board's Green Task Force, Green Enterprise Ontario (GEO), Conservation Council of Ontario, West Toronto Initiative for Solar Energy, Toronto Solar Roundtable, Green Neighbours 21, Green Together, Power To Choose, and Pledge To Green.