Growing Chefs! Ontario presents Londonlicious: A local food festival featuring fantastic local restaurants, showcasing the best locally grown products and spotlighting what is unique and delicious in London, Ontario!
The Londonlicious festival was relaunched in 2023 with the aim to assist in the recovery of the Food Service industry, which was rebuilding after the impacts from a global pandemic. The goal of Londonlicious is to support local restaurants, growers, farmers and suppliers, and strengthen relationships between local agri-food businesses.
As we move forward with the festival, it will continue to evolve as we introduce new ideas, but Growing Chefs! Ontario is extremely excited and honoured to be partnering with so many amazing restaurants and returning festival attendees as Londonlicious enters this next phase.
Growing Chefs! Ontario is a registered charity based in London, Ontario. We unite Chefs, growers, educators and community members through integrated food education projects.
Our Mission: To change the way children, youth, families and the community learn about and develop healthy relationships with food.
The Growing Chefs! Vision is to build a healthy, empowered community that is engaged with our food system.
For 15 years, Growing Chefs! Ontario has proven itself as a leading organization in Ontario, creating and providing impactful hands-on cooking and food literacy programming for schools, children, youth and families. Over 50,000 children and youth across London and area have participated to date.
We also operate two innovative social enterprises which offset our overhead and administrative costs and account for over 55% of our annual income:
1: An established hot lunch program out of our commercial kitchen called The Beet Café. This past year, we provided over 55,000 hot and healthy lunches to our school and camp partners.
2: We host a variety of public and private events (for adults) at Growing Chefs! Headquarters at 460 King St (the old home of The Auberge du Petit Prince Restaurant).
As a charitable organization, having the ability to generate our own income through these social enterprises has decreased our reliance on traditional forms of fundraising such as government grants, and has been instrumental to our financial sustainability.
To learn more about Growing Chefs! Ontario, our Food Education Programs for children and families, our Unique Event Space and our School Lunch Program – visit www.growingchefsontario.ca