Transition Sarasota's Seventh Annual Eat Local Week Underway
Oct 21, 2017 06:36AM ● Published by Kevin
Photo courtesy of Transition Sarasota.
"Eat Local Week has a little something for everyone," said Cooper Levey-Baker, a professional journalist, and integral team member at Transition Sarasota. "We've got fun farm-to-table dinners for people who love a good meal, lectures and discussions for those who want to learn more about our food system, DIY demonstrations on how to grow your own food and plenty of family-oriented events with fun stuff for kids. We're excited and hope you can join us!"
Additionally, the festival hosts tours of local farms and food operations. Benjamin-Kirk's speech leads the event. She is a nationally recognized expert in incorporating traditional and indigenous foods into school meals.
"Farm-to-school practices have been shown to increase the number of students purchasing healthy meals at school and to reduce food waste," the press release said.
Today marks the second annual Big Mama’s Collard Green Fest, which challenges local chefs and cooks to create samples out of their best collard green recipes. The event begins at noon. Locals are encouraged to sample Cajun, Creole, Southern and Caribbean flavors, with supporting performances of live music. Additionally, SweetSong Groves Fruit Tree Paradise Workshop, a three-hour class introducing fruit tree horticulture, takes place at 2 p.m.
Remaining Eat Local Week events include:
- Oct. 22 at noon - Geraldson Fall Harvest Fest
- Oct. 23 at 9 a.m. - Transition Sarasota's Suncoast Gleaning Project Season Kick-off
- Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. - Slow Food Greater Sarasota Presents Farm-to-Table Dinner
- Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. - Cause an Effect at Chipotle
- Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. - Growing Herbs in Florida
- Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. - Mote Aquaculture Park Tour
- Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. - Green Path Farm Veterans Appreciation Dinner
- Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. - Films for a Future Presents: Growing Cities
- Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. - School Garden Open House
- Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. - Rare Fruit Tree Tour
- Oct. 29 at 11:30 a.m. - Medicinal & Edible Plants in our Landscapes with Bob Linde
- Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. - Growing Herbs in Florida with Bob Linde