Food security and the community benefit of festivals are the topics du jour for Wednesday’s (Nov. 4) session of RON Talks at Crumsby’s Cafe in Royal Oak.
Susan Kim, a masters of arts candidate at the University of Victoria, will speak on the politics of food systems and food security. Kim is keen on understanding the overlapping themes of surrounding biosemiotics, the philosophy of science, bio/semiotics and linguistics.
Also presenting is Victoria’s Mr. Festival, John Vickers, who’ll share his passion and expertise for community building through festivals and events.
Vickers is the executive director of the Victoria International Buskers Festival, the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival and the Victoria International Kite Festival societies.
He is also a famed area pumpkin artist and just wrapped up his 18th year as the artist behind the annual Pumpkin Art event in Oak Bay, a community fundraiser featuring multitudes of carved pumpkins.
RON (Royal Oak Neighbourhood) Talks are free and take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Crumsby’s Cafe, 4525 West Saanich Rd. Presentations are about 15 to 25 minutes followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.