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Foodstock raises awareness, tantalizes taste buds

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According to organizers, more than 20,000 people attended Foodstock Sunday.

About 100 chefs cooked dishes to show their support for the "stop the mega quarry" movement, including chefs from number of local restaurants, such as Chez Michel in Creemore, The Tremont Cafe in Collingwood, and Rocky Racoon Café in Owen Sound.

Local chef Michael Stadtländer, of Eigensinn Farm and Haisai Restaurant, headed up the event with the Canadian Chefs' Congress.

Stadtländer said Foodstock's intention is to protest against the quarry, and celebrate the land.

A 2,316-acre quarry proposed by the Highland Companies would be about 200 feet deep - and since the water table is high the company would pump out water every day to keep the quarry from filling up.

Those opposed to the quarry are concerned it has the potential to affect several headwaters, including the Credit River, the Humber River, the Nottawasaga River, the Beaver Valley River, and the Saugeen River.

Canadian musicians were also on site, including Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, Sarah Harmer, and Hayden.



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