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Northern ag pavilion returning to winter fair

Forty-five producers exhibiting as part of Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion
Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré (centre) was on hand at Jester’s Wonder Emporium Ltd. in Sturgeon Falls on June 27 to announced funding for the Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion at the 2024 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

The federal government will pick up the tab to help Northern Ontario agri-food producers return to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in the fall.

On June 27, Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré announced $716,800 from FedNor for the Economic Partners Sudbury East/West Nipissing Inc. (EPSEWN), which will host the Northern Ontario Agri-Food Pavilion, a premier exhibit within The Royal that features food products made by northern producers.

“FedNor’s investment in the Northern Ontario Agri-Food Pavilion helps businesses in the North find new markets so they can continue to grow,” Serré said in a government news release.

“Supporting the success of our agri-food businesses ensures that the great products we love remain available to us, and that the rest of the world has an opportunity to discover some of the many treasures here in our region.”

Forty-five agri-food producers are set to exhibit in the 7,100-square-foot pavilion this year. That’s triple the size and number of exhibitors since 2001.

Since 2015, close to 400 businesses and organizations from across Northern Ontario have been featured in the pavilion, and exhibitors have generated more than $8 million in on-site and projected sales.

The Royal is slated to take place Nov. 1-10 at Exhibition Place in Toronto.