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Food Startup Competition

If you've been working on a food business you know Saskatoon will love we want to hear about it



At The Local Kitchen we know there are some amazing ideas and businesses in Saskatoon that people are yet to get to know.

Navigating a starting and running a food business is hard. Whether it's a snack bar or a meal prep service there's so much to know and do, it can be overwhelming. Business service information is often vague and food businesses need specific information about licenses and practices.

We believe that food businesses need two things when they're starting up in order to be successful: relevant and up to date information and a network of similar businesses that can give advice and encouragement.  That's why we built specific workshops that contain the information food businesses need. Finalists will attend these workshops and be given the time and attention they need to get their questions answered and feel inspired to build their dream business. 

For the Finale event our finalists will pitch their business to a panel of judges with extensive food business experience and a live audience. 

The prize for the winning business will be a year's membership at The Local Kitchen ($300 value), which will provide a large network of mentor businesses and helpful connections within the food industry in Saskatoon as well as 25 complimentary hours in one of our three fully equipped commercial kitchens (valued at $700) to get a jump start while keeping your overhead low. 

*Eligibility criteria and schedule below. 

Eligibility Criteria

This competition is aimed towards food products or services within the conceptual or start up phase (less than one year old). However, all applications will be reviewed upon admission. If you think your business would benefit from being a part of this event you are encouraged to submit an application. 

In order to be eligible to enter all businesses/concepts must:

- Have a culinary based product or service concept or startup (less than 1 year in operation)

- Located within Saskatoon and area

Level 1 Food Safety certificate not mandatory but considered an asset

Competition Schedule

July 16th - Applications open online

August 20th - Deadline for applications

August 31st - Finalists are announced to the public

September 6th - Meet the Finalists public event at The Local Kitchen + People's Choice Award*

September 13th - October 12th - Finalists take part in food business workshops**

October 13th - Live Finale event and winning business is announced *

*Finalists must be available for Meet the Finalists event and Finale event

**Attendance is not mandatory for all workshops, however contest engagement will affect the judges' final decision

Applications are now closed

If you would like to meet the finalists at the Food Fight YXE: Meet the Finalists event, you can get your tickets here: