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Foods of the World Outdoor Market is a new not-for-profit program that will provide opportunities for women and non-binary folks to create and/or launch new food businesses or food products that reflect their cultural and culinary heritage at a Chef supported market in Hillsburgh, ON.  Also providing our community with culturally specific educational  business support seminars and access to a chef for one-on-one or small group product development guidance, marketing and food demos. 

Who is this program for? 
  • Specifically for women and non-binary identified individuals, LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC women living in Wellington County

  • Those wanting to start, or who have already started, a food business with a culturally specific food

  • Have been operating for less than 3 years if you already have an existing business

  • Limited space for 12 vendors for 2022 season

  • Must be able to commit to a 10 week program with a minimum of 8 weeks outdoor market Saturdays 9:00 am-1:00 pm (open hours with  additional 1 hour set up time and 1 hour clean up time provided)

  • Willing to participate in 1.5 hour online weekly “Leadership & Mental Health for Women & Non-Binary Entrepreneurs” business support webinars (see below for details)

What is in it for you? 

  • Building a community of like minded entrepreneurs using delicious foods of the world as a way to promote inclusion, equity and diversity 

  • Opportunity to sell your food products at our 2022 Outdoor Market 2022 (8-10 weeks from August-October, exact dates TBD & subject to COVID restrictions at all times)

  • Business, networking and mentoring supports  

  • Weekly online educational & networking webinars which will centre on topics such as:

    • Beyond "Finding Your Why": Beginning with JOY

    • Understanding your Values & the Value of Your Products

    • Sustainable Development Goals:  Creating a Just World with your Food Products

    • Setting Your Table for Success:  Financial Literacy Basics in Understanding Cash Flow

    • Financial Management: Understanding the Numbers and what they mean for you

    • Marketing: Strengthening your Community by using Food and Education to Promote Cross Cultural Connections

    • Networking Part 1: Creating Value Aligned Partnerships & Collaborations 

    • Networking Part 2: Creating Sustainable "Circles of Care" for your success  

    • More than KPI’s: Prioritizing your own Mental Health as an entrepreneur

    • Beyond the Harvest:  Planning for Your Future in Business 

  • Access to business consultations and food demos with an onsite Chef:

    • Each vendor will be featured in a free community 1-hour outdoor cooking demo where you can either cook one of your sale products or feature a culturally specific food that will provide the community with education about your community, culinary practices, rituals, country’s specific ingredients

    • Product development is optional for an additional fee

  • Marketing, promotions & spotlights on Fanjoy’s Cooking Up Change social media 

  • Membership privileges including rental of commercially inspected kitchen to develop or prepare your food products; located at Fanjoy, 100 Trafalgar Road, Hillsburgh  (additional fee applies) 


We’re thrilled our project was selected for the My Main Street Community Activator program, which supports local communities to help revitalize our main streets! Thanks to the Canadian Urban Institute for delivering the program.

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