Summer Markets & Food Festivals

For many CWIF Members the change in weather signals a shift in focus towards weekend market opportunities and food festivals.  You can go for Taco Fest in Toronto or perhaps get Cidered in Terra Cotta before heading to Fairy Lake for a Food Truck Festival. So many options!

How can we help our CWIF Members stand out from the crowd?  How can we help you be recognized and supported by your customers as a woman-owned business? 

Join us on the Canadian Women In Food - Members Only Facebook Forum page or feel free to let us know at! 

Upcoming Events ...

May 28th Culinary Federation Product Showcase 

Over 300 chefs and culinary food professionals will be visiting the Product Showcase on May 28th at the Marriott in Niagara Falls. 

Did you know?  Our resident superhero, CWIF Marketing Director, and President of STEP IN Marketing Solutions - Sue Mercer, is also the Conference Event Manager!  

Thanks to Sue, Members participating in the Product Showcase receive a special discount to exhibit.  We wish Member Andrea Watson of Nature Knows much success at the Showcase.  Feel free to share your pictures!  

Upcoming Events ...

May 28th Elles sont Food and You?

The tasting session for the culinary competition for women entrepreneurs in Ontario is fast approaching!  Led by Patrons Donna Dooher of Mildred's Temple Kitchen and Marc Trouyet of the French Consulate in Toronto, an esteemed jury will determine the winning bite in each category to create the best cocktail party using the specificity of French culinary culture and Ontario cuisine. 

Canadian Women In Food is a proud supporting partner of the competition and we salute Member Francoise Briet for creating the competition and leading the way to develop opportunities to showcase the talent of women involved in the gastronomy scene.

Winners will be awarded with a special ceremony and cocktail party on June 11th!  Good luck to all the participants, we look forward to seeing you!  

Arriving in June ...

RECIPE - Member Benefit Program

RECIPE is an artful array of products
and services designed to recognize you as CWIF Member, featuring discounts, co-sharing tools, and a menu of service options that truly support.

How is RECIPE different from other
Member-Only Programs?

Canadian Women In Food (CWIF) is proud of its commitment to promote and market women-owned businesses.
RECIPE is a reflection of those values and where possible, womenowned
businesses are an essential ingredient of the program.

How do I know if I'm getting my CWIF
Member discount?

Simply quote your CWIF Member number (to be assigned) when
connecting with a program partner from the MENU of options.

How can my business become a program
partner in RECIPE?

Contact us at to become a key ingredient!

Updates ...

Foodilicious Pop Up 

Our 1st ever CWIF Pop Up on May 4th was a success!  Lot's of cross-pollination and idea sharing amongst the Members.  We loved seeing so many non-exhibiting Members come out to shop & support.  A special thank you to our volunteers Jacquie Ferreira of The Baker's Bar and Mary Claire Thomson, who are now officially Members!  Special mention to Members Grace Cameron of JamaicanEats Magazine for her mentorship, and to Kate Orlita for engaging with families and ensuring the littlest ones were made to feel welcome!  

Female Foodie Entrepreneur Network

Shout-out to the amazing women who made it to the Female Foodie Entrepreneur Network session May 13th where Member Cheryl Appleton of STRAGENTIUM presented on The Pains & Gains of Discounts. If you missed it, a rebroadcast is in the works to appear on Sips, Bites & Sparks podcast (date TBD).  Great seeing Malty & Hoppy Delicacy, My Creme Caramel, Glory Hole Doughnuts, Phancy Food & Catering, Sixty Six Brix, Tea And All Its Splendour, Erika Araujo de Sanchez, Raelene Gannon, Francoise Briet, Chantal V├ęchambre, Mimi Ashi, A shley Jacot de Boinod, Meagan Bowden and so many others!

Women's Foodservice Forum

Thank you to Members Victoria Chan of VIKKOR Inc., and Julie Bednarski of The Healthy Crunch Company for joining us for the industry-led Leadership Roundtables at The Grand Hotel in Toronto on May 15th.  The event attracted over 120 senior female leaders from the food industry, representing a variety of professional roles,  from manufacturing, to food science, to distribution and more.  Lots of new connections made, and if you are interested in furthering your business exposure into foodservice, please contact Cheryl Appleton to be included at the next event in June (date TBD).

Women & Whiskey

Thank you to Pamela K. Singh of Korrelation Communications for the invitation to enjoy a Whisky Tasting at The Caledonian in Toronto on May 22nd.  We're looking forward to hearing more about opportunities to combine the culinary talents of our Members with distinctive beverage events.

Do you have an industry event Canadian Women In Food should appear at?  Feel free to send your invites to and we'll try to have our Members attend where they can!

Potluck Picnic

We have secured water & washrooms!  Now we can start to create a starlit evening of storytelling and shared creations so SAVE THE DATE for August 20th, as CWIF Members will occupy the lawns of the Ashbridges Estate!  Congratulations to Member Lisa Kates for securing charitable status for Growing Neighborhoods, and is leading our connection with  Building Roots as we look to support socially cohesive communities.  More details to follow.  

Other Dates to SAVE

November 4 - 5thCR&B Show I The Canadian Restaurant & Bar Show

November 4th, FULL TILT, the food conference you've been waiting for is coming to the CR&B Show!  More details to follow.  
Member Benefits ...

If you are looking for benefits such as:
  • Discounted member-only rates on events
  • Receiving THE DISH, a bi-monthly newsletter served up with insights into food industry activities and events that directly impact you
  • network of women who are serious about the business of food
Then, become a member today for only $100 annually. Click HERE to join.

Membership year runs January to December 2019.

was founded in 2014 as a national association to help amplify the voices of female food entrepreneurs and promote a more inclusive space for all women in foodservice. Its mission is to promote women-owned businesses, cultivate the positive energy that comes from women supporting women and stir up the spirit of female food entrepreneurs by creating opportunities for economic growth. 

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