Spotlight on Local Food Events

Spotlight On Local Food Events

Fri 18 May 2012

Story by The Food Revolution Day Team

Almost 400 public Local Food events are happening around the world this weekend to celebrate Food Revolution Day. There are large events with the weight of cities behind them, and small, but powerful gatherings spearheaded by a motivated few. Nowís the time to check the map and see whatís happening near you!

For a flavor of the sort of events you will find, we bring you:

A Tale of Two Farmerís Markets

In San Francisco, California, the Farmerís Market at The Ferry Building will begin Food Revolution Day at 8 am with Farmerís Market Tours lead by a Food Revolution guide, where attendants can meet the marketís farmers and explore seasonal produce to take home for making their very own Food Revolution Dinner.

At 10 there will be a Free Kids Cooking Demo featuring Sprouts Cooking Club and Chef Nicolai Lipscomb of Fifth Floor restaurant. The demos will continue with CUESAís Seasonal Cooking at 11 am with David Bastide of Left Bank San Jose, and 11:45 with Rick Koplau of Lone Eagle Grille.

All day, visitors can shop for ingredients for a seasonal Food Revolution Dinner by stopping by the CUESA classroom for recipes. Visitors can also support garden-based learning and edible education by shopping at the Schoolyard to Market booth. There, visitors can pick up vegetables and herbs from John O'Connell High School students, who are learning to grow produce in their school garden and bring it to market through a collaboration between CUESA and the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance. The day is sure to be a really wonderful celebration of Real Food and Food Education.

Halfway around the world, in the heart of Lebanon, Beirutís Souk el Tayeb has fully supported Food Revolution Day with a day full of activities as well. There will be Lessons on Cultural Cuisine by cooks of the market, teaching visitors what is traditional to their area and why.

Habib Honey will be on hand to teach Beekeeping Classes, sharing their knowledge of exactly how honey is made and giving samples of fresh local honey and sharing recipe ideas. Children at the market will have their very own special Kids Cooking Class, teaching how to prepare healthy meals at home! The Fruit and Vegetable producers will be going back to basics, teaching people How to Grow Their Own Food, whether itís growing lots in your garden or just a few herbs on a window sill.

These are only small examples of the great events planned around the world. To see more read about the global reach here. Itís amazing to see how many people around the world are motivated and care deeply about restoring our food climate and bringing food education back! Be sure to see whatís going on in your city, check out the map!

The Food Revolution Day Team


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