Waterloo Region’s farm gate food scene is showcased on FARM TO FORK 

Newly released six-part culinary documentary series, now airing on Bell FibeTV1, follows Waterloo Region chef Nick Benninger to area farms at the heart of the farm-to-table food movement.

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Waterloo Region, ON – Waterloo Region’s farm-to-table food culture is the focus of a new series that has launched on Bell FibeTV1.

FARM TO FORK is a new six-part food and lifestyle television series that follows renowned Waterloo Region chef and culinary entrepreneur Nick Benninger as he explores some of the best farms the region has to offer. Through Chef Nick’s culinary skills and passion for locally sourced ingredients, viewers will develop an appreciation for the value and quality of locally sourced produce. They will not only experience the producers’ passion for their products, viewers will also see how to cook these delicious ingredients as Chef Nick prepares meals using the produce sourced from the local farms.

“Our local farmers and the amazing foods they produce helped shape me into the chef I am today,” says Chef Nick, who is also owner of the Fat Sparrow Group. “It was an honour to showcase these farmers and have a lot of fun doing it. As a farm to fork chef, shedding light on who these farmers are, how hard they work and the great foods they’re producing has really been a dream for me.”

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Set almost entirely against the backdrop of Waterloo Region’s rich farmland, FARM TO FORK showcases the thriving community of artisan farmers who sell at their farm gates or at one of Waterloo Region’s many farmers’ markets. The six farms featured in the series are:

  • Oakridge Acres Country Meat Store in Ayr
  • Fall Harvest Farm in Wellesley
  • Mountain Oak Cheese in New Hamburg
  • Shuh Orchards in West Montrose
  • Wisahkotewinowak Produce Garden in Kitchener
  • Jewels Under the Kilt in Fergus

More information regarding FARM TO FORK as well as a link to the official series trailer can be found here. The series was produced by Ballinran Entertainment in partnership with Explore Waterloo Region.

“I knew the region had a rich agricultural heritage and Nick was an inspired chef, but what really amazed me was that the dedication these farmers have to their produce is so palatable you can taste it,” says Farm to Fork producer Julian Wierzbicki. “Take a pinch of the region’s agricultural heritage, a passionate local farmer’s naturally raised produce, stir in some of Chef Nick’s signature open-fire cooking and you have the ingredients for something truly special.”

“Explore Waterloo Region is thrilled to partner on the “Farm to Fork” initiative that showcases our incredible culinary scene,” said Michele Saran, CEO at Explore Waterloo Region. “It is our hope that people will be inspired to visit our Region and try all the wonderful dining and shopping experiences for themselves!”

FARM TO FORK is available now on Bell Fibe TV, channel 1 and the Fibe TV app.

About Explore Waterloo Region 

Founded in 2007, Explore Waterloo Region is the Destination Marketing Organization for the Region of Waterloo. A nonprofit organization responsible for destination marketing to increase the number of visitors and length of stay, Explore Waterloo Region works with community partners to promote festivals, events, attractions, restaurants and hotels and to develop new product offerings. The goal: to deliver a single, focused message that Waterloo Region is a dynamic, year-round destination with much to offer the individual traveller, families on vacation and corporate visitors.

About Ballinran Entertainment

Based in Stratford ON, Ballinran Entertainment is the top film and television production company in Southwestern Ontario. Ballinran specializes in documentary, commercials, music videos, live streaming, aerial, 360 & VR cinematography. The company was founded in 1995 by Craig Thompson, a journalist and broadcaster, and is a key player in Canada’s vibrant film and television industry.

About Bell Fibe TV1

Bell Fibe TV1 is your source for local programming, made right in your backyard, by your community. Whether you’re a sports fan, foodie, DIYer or day tripper, TV1 has original freshly made shows bursting with local colour and flavour. Available only on Fibe TV, channel 1 and the Fibe TV app.

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