The Ninth Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association for Food Studies
— May 24–27, 2014 —
Brock University (St. Catharines, ON)
Early Bird Registration Ends March 31,2014
CAFS 2014 Draft Schedule Available Here
Register Now at: http://congress2014.ca/register 

Banquet @ the 2014 Assembly
Date: Monday, May 26, 2014, 7:00-10:00PM
Cost:  $50 + cash wine bar
Location: Southbrook Vineyards, 581 Niagara Stone Road, RR4, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0 Canada (www.southbrook.com)

This year’s CAFS Banquet will be a vegetarian meal that will cost $50 per person as well as a cash bar including wines from Southbrook Vineyards (see attached menu).

Our caterer, the Yellow Pear is the dream and reality of Jason and Nicole Sawatsky, owners of Canada’s first solar powered food truck, bistro and event space at Southbrook Vineyards. Through their menus they give local businesses and farmers a place to showcase their products and celebrate good hard honest work–the work done by the hands of their neighbours (www.farmtotruck.ca). A truly farm-to-table experience!

You have the option to purchase a ticket for the banquet when you pay your Assembly registration fees. If you forgot to register or would like to purchase an extra ticket, you must register by Friday May 9 by emailing cafsadmin@foodstudies.ca. Also, if you any specific dietary needs, please let us know ASAP.

We will also be organizing a “toonie” bus that will provide transpiration between Brock University and Southbrook Vineyards (i.e. it will cost $2 to ride the bus).

You can register for the banquet and send any dietary requests to cafsadmin@foodstudies.ca before May 9.

UPDATE: 2014 CAFS Pre-Conference for Students, Postdocs and Emerging Scholars

St. Catharines, Ontario, Brock University
May 24th, 2014, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm + Evening Social
Cost: $25 (lunch and snacks included)

The Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) is hosting a full-day pre-conference open to all students, postdocs and emerging researchers (including new faculty, sessionals, and community-based researchers). Participants in the 2014 pre-conference will engage in a series of panel presentations and participatory, discussion-based workshops facilitated by leading food studies researchers.

The CAFS pre-conference program has been finalized and includes the following sessions:

•       Grant and scholarship applications to tri-council agencies as a new food studies researcher, with Rachel Engler Stringer, University of Saskatchewan, and Peter Andrée, Carleton University.
•       The theory and practice of food studies, with Mustafa Koç, Ryerson University, Kathleen Lebesco, Marymount Manhattan College, and Tony Winson, University of Guelph.
•       Using food studies to change our food systems, with Sarah Archibald and Caitlin Colson, Meal Exchange and the Sustainable Campuses Project
•       The Canadian Food Studies Journal, with editor Ellen Desjardins.

To participate in this pre-conference you must register on the congress website. If you have already registered for the CAFS Assembly but did not register for the Pre-Conference and would still like to attend, please email cafsadmin@foodstudies.ca. Please note that registration is limited and that the early bird deadline for the CAFS Assembly is March 31st.

This year the pre-conference is also inviting emerging researchers to participate in an informal Food Studies 3MT-Style competition. The deadline to submit an application for the 3MT-Style competition has been extended to April 15th. If you are interested in participating in the 3MT-Style Food Studies competition you must submit a completed application form (attached) by April 15th, 2014 to virginielp@gmail.com.  Up to ten presenters will be selected to present to pre-conference attendees and a panel of food studies researchers. Each presentation will be followed by a brief structured feedback session and, time allowing, a short Q&A.

3MT is a research communication competition that challenges students and new researchers to present a compelling oration of their research topic. Participants have three minutes and 1 slide to deliver a clear, concise and engaging presentation to a non-specialist audience. This informal 3MT-Style event is a great chance to strengthen presentation skills and get feedback on your research from fellow food studies researchers.

For questions, please contact virginielp@gmail.com.