Food Changes Everything: Sarasota Eat Local Week! This Saturday, October 22nd, starts Sarasota’s Eat Local Week, an annual, week-long celebration of “the best of local food and farming in Sarasota and Manatee counties.” This will be the sixth annual year that dozens of partners throughout Sarasota have come together to offer a variety of events including: farm and garden tours, farm-to-fork-dinners, “reskilling” workshops, community discussions, educational programs, and hands-on activities.
This year’s theme is “Food Changes Everything” with the goal of exploring the interconnections between food and diverse topics ranging from health, the natural environment, art, culture, social justice, the economy, and other key issues. Some great events will be going on through October 30th and we’ve listed some of our favorites to check out below. You can see the full schedule of events here.
Saturday October 22nd
Big Mama’s Collard Green Fest
Time: 1 pm- 6 pm
Location: Newtown Farmers’ Market
1872 Doctor Martin Luther King Way
Sarasota, FL, 34234 United States
Description: Enjoy Southern Style, Cajun, Creole and Caribbean Collard Greens with the Newtown Farmers’ Market on Sat, Oct 22, 2016 from 1-6pm. This celebration of collard greens will feature the best cooks Newtown and the Greater Sarasota area have to offer. The trash talking began back in the summer in barbershops and churches around the area. You be the judge! Come on out and celebrate the culture and cuisine of the collard green!
Sunday October 23rd
The Meaning of “Local”: Keynote Presentation and Panel
Time: 7:00pm- 9:00pm
Location: Ringling College of Art + Design
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL, 34234 United States
Description: Award-winning information architect, filmmaker, photographer, and writer, Douglas Gayeton, will deliver Eat Local Week 2016‘s keynote address at this thought-provoking event. Douglas is the co-founder ofThe Lexicon of Sustainability, which seeks to advance the conversation about America’s rapidly-evolving food culture by illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture. He is also the director of the PBS animated short-film series “Know Your Food” and author of Local: The New Face of Food & Farming in America.
Tickets are $15 per person. Register in advance to reserve your seat. You can also pre-order a copy of Douglas’ book, Local, at $10 off the cover price. And, for an additional $30 you can meet the author and director at a V.I.P. Cocktail Party and Book Signing!
Tuesday October 25th
Making Wine from your Tropical Fruit
Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm
Location: Sarasota Garden Club
1131 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States
Description: Join the Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota in learning how you can make your own wine from your tropical fruit, led by Dr. Tony Hemmer and Nick Ostrye. All levels are welcome and your first meeting is free!
Thursday October 27th
Location: Whole Foods Market Sarasota Lifestyle Center
1451 1st Street Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States
Description: During this informative class you will learn about fermented foods, what Kombucha actually is, and how Kombucha is made through a brewing taught by Aneta Lundquist, Owner of 221BC Kombucha.
Ticket Price: FREE
RSVP: Contact Whole Foods Market Sarasota Customer Service at 941-316-4700, seating is limited!
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