Tastebuds’ Great Big Crunch!

On March 10, Hamilton schools participated in an exciting, city-wide event called the Great Big Crunch. It was a special day of good food education, including a massive, synchronized bite into a crunchy apple to celebrate local food and healthy eating!

This year, Tastebuds’ Great Big Crunch had 17,394 crunches across the city!

St. Marguerite dYouville 2 

St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School crunched together in the gymnasium. Check out all 550 staff and students holding their apples here.

 Templemead 1 Templemead 4 Templemead 2

650 staff and students at Templemead Elementary School crunched all over the school!

 Canadian Martyrs

At Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, 200 students bit into juicy crunchy apples throughout their day!

Bennetto 1 Bennetto 3 Bennetto 2 Bennetto 4

At Bennetto 550 students crunched down together!

 Sir Wilfrid

At Sir Wilfrid Laurier School 500 students crunched together in their apple orchard! 

Nora Frances 1 Nora Frances 2 Nora Frances 3

The grade 12 students made the crunch happen for 725 students at Nora Frances Henderson Secondary! And student Colin’s masterpiece commemorated the day for the school – check out his craftsmanship!


200 students at Strathcona crunched apples for the Great Big Crunch – and one lost a tooth in the process! Tooth fairy, get ready!

 Whether Hamilton programs or schools participated in a day’s worth of activities or just one BIG CRUNCH, we hope your students got excited about local food and healthy eating! 

Menu Planning & Budgeting Workshop

Menu Planning & Budgeting Workshop

Click to download flyer

Click to download flyer

Suzanne Giovannetti, Student Nutrition Program Assistant/Centralized Food Purchasing Coordinator, and Donna Weldon, Health Promotion Specialist with the City of Hamilton, will be presenting menu planning options utilized in actual student nutrition programs and how to budget for them! Snacks and refreshments will be served. Limited Seating, Register Early!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School
75 Palmer Drive, Hamilton


Wednesday, October 28, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dr. John M. Perkins Centre
1429 Main Street East, Hamilton

Click here to register online!

For additional information:
Call (905) 522-1148, Ext. 0 or email info@tastebudshamilton.ca

Calling all Hamilton teachers! Food literacy resources, workshops and trips available through Tastebuds

Join us for a teacher training workshop to learn more about Tastebuds Edible Education Guide and a workshop about integrating food literacy topics into your classroom teaching. At both workshops you’ll be provided with curriculum links, resources, and places to go for more information.  Click here for more information about Tastebuds’ Edible Education Guide!

The first 10 qualifying teachers to register to each event will receive a Classroom bursary!

 School Garden Workshop + Edible Education Info Session
With Neighbour to Neighbour Centre

 Thursday, March 5, 2015
4:30-6:00 p.m.

Nicholas Mancini Centre
44 Hunt Street, Hamilton

Free refreshments provided

Register online at:


Teach Nutrition Workshop + Edible Education Info Session
with Public Health Services and  a Registered Dietitian from TeachNutrition.org

Get your FREE Primary or Junior curriculum kit!

Wednesday, April  8, 2015
4:30-6:30 p.m.

Nicholas Mancini Centre
44 Hunt Street, Hamilton

Free refreshments provided

Register online at:

Want to support Tastebuds’ Great Big Crunch on March 12?

Please consider sponsoring some apples for the Great Big Crunch! By sponsoring apples, you’ll be contributing to the nutrition program’s daily menu on March 12, significantly reducing the food cost for programs across Hamilton. Donate $10 and provide 14 lbs. of apples, or donate $500 and provide 714 lbs. of apples and become a Honeycrisp Hero!

Click here for more details.

An Earth to Table Feast


Join us for our second annual dinner to celebrate the beginning of the growing season in southern Ontario at the historic Ancaster Mill. Gather your friends and family to sample plates of beautifully prepared local cuisine. Through the feast there will be live local music, a silent auction and a chance to interact with local farmers and chefs. Proceeds from this event will support Tastebuds, Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative and 3Acres, Tastebuds’ Local Harvest Program.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
5:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

 Ancaster Mill
548 Old Dundas Road

Click here for more information!

For more information, please contact Grace Evans at gevans@tastebudshamilton.ca or (905) 522-1148, Ext. 315