Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid Day in support of the Ottawa Food Bank celebrate rural Ottawa

Local food producers and businesses will share some of the best that rural Ottawa has to offer at the Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid Day on Thursday, June 2. All proceeds will support the Ottawa Food Bank’s efforts to supply nutritious local ground beef to those in need.

Deputy Mayor Bob Monette and Michael Maidment, the Executive Director of the Ottawa Food Bank, will co-host this annual event, taking place on Festival Plaza at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What to look forward to at this year’s expo:

  • Enjoy a pancake breakfast (by donation), supplied by Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm from 7 to 9 a.m.
  • Visit displays by local rural business, festivals and artisans at the Mayor’s Rural Expo, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Explore Ottawa’s music scene with live entertainment by talented local musicians, including Blackwell Band.
  • Cheer on your favourite celebrity at the cow-milking competition, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Grab a BBQ hamburger, chips and a drink for lunch ($10), prepared by The WORKS from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This is a wonderful initiative for another wonderful cause. Food Aid has been able to provide nearly 800,000 pounds of local beef to the most vulnerable members of our community thanks to your support.

If you are unable to attend in person, consider donating online at or by calling 613-745-7001. Visit for details about the Mayor’s Rural Expo. Learn more about the Ottawa Food Bank at