Workshop Descriptions and Registration

GVFB trains and supports community kitchen facilitators. We offer a variety of workshops and support to our network of trainers.

Food is an opportunity. It is a starting point for conversations, relationships, careers and community.

We recognize that handing out food in isolation is not a long term solution and so have developed a collaborative, community-focused model of training that can start to address some of the long term challenges that many of us face.

Building food skills and starting conversations around food is a major part of this strategy. We run a range of workshops that focus on:

  • Providing important food qualifications that can be used as a launchpad to a career in food, e.g. FOODSAFE Certification
  • Building food skills at home such as learning to safely preserve and can foods
  • Grow community capacity through training-the-trainers . These workshops teach skills for agencies and individuals looking to run their own community kitchen and food programs across the city. e.g Community Kitchen Leadership, Knife Skills

Register for Workshops

For dates of our upcoming workshops, view our events calendar. If you would like to be added to an email list to be notified of our news and workshops, please contact us to subscribe.

Here is a further description of some of our regular workshops:

Community Kitchen Leadership Workshop

This is a 6-hour workshop where community kitchen leaders have the opportunity to find out more about community kitchens, different ways a group can work and how you can lead or start a community kitchen. Learn the history of the community kitchen movement and the effect it has had around the province. Hear about the different kitchen models that run successfully in our communities. Experience a community kitchen first hand!

See photos of our past community kitchen leadership workshops. See photos of our past train-the-trainer canning workshops.

Community Kitchen Roundtable

This is a free 2-hour roundtable is an opportunity for community kitchen leaders to meet, share and hear about others’ kitchen activities, challenges and successes. Come to our Vancouver office to participate in person or participate remotely via teleconferencing.

Train-the-Trainer Canning Workshop

These one, two or three-day canning workshops are for those who want to learn how to can or teach canning classes in their community. Contact us to set up a canning workshop for your group that best suits your interests. Please email Amy Weeks  [email protected] for more information.

  • Learn up-to-date safe canning practices as well as theoretical and practical techniques.
  • Review old and new canning equipment and tools.
  • Discuss the various canning products and ingredients on the market today.
  • Find out about canning and safe food handling resources available to you.
  • Discuss how to run a canning workshop that best suits your community’s needs.

If you are:

  • Interested in sharing and learning new and up-to-date canning techniques and practices
  • Interested in sharing and learning how to run workshops along with other community agency representatives who will be running community canning classes
  • Interested in sharing and learning about other ways of preserving foodBe in touch with us! We can offer this workshop in other locations in a variety of formats. Please contact us for more information.

Get in touch with us! We can offer this workshop in other locations in a variety of formats. Please contact us for more information.

See photos of our past train-the-trainer canning workshops.

FOODSAFE Level One Courses

This 7-hour, provincially-recognized course is intended for food facilitators who want to learn the basics about safe, food handling in a friendly, classroom environment. Qualified instructors answer all of your food-safety questions:

What should we be concerned with when handling food in our kitchens? What are best, safe food-handling practices?

Our FOODSAFE Level One course is only offered in our Vancouver office twice a year. For FOODSAFE Level One courses in other parts of BC, please visit the FOODSAFE website.

Because of the certification process there will be a final test at the end of the course; therefore, this course is suitable for individuals who have a grade 8 or higher reading comprehension level.

Knife Skills

This is a one day workshop describing the different types of knives as well as care and maintenance techniques. The instructors demonstrate different methods on cutting various food products including fish, meats, and poultry. Discussions on ways to reduce food waste during food preparation is an integral part of this workshop.

See photos of our past knife skills workshops.

Our workshops can be tailored to meet your community’s needs upon request. Contact us for further information.