Okay, I’ve been storing up so many events and resources to post about, I’d better get them all down in a post. I’m sure I’m missing a few I meant to include, so I’ll post again if and when I find them.
The Eat Local Now! collaborative is putting on the annual Eat Local Now celebration dinner! This is a great event and supports a group strengthening and promoting sustainable food systems in Cascadia. You can buy tickets here.
7th Annual Eat Local Now! Dinner
September 30th, 2010
Herban Feast’s Sodo Park ~ 3200 1st Ave South; Seattle, Washington 98134
This vibrant and successful fundraising dinner celebrates involvement in and cultivation of our local food economy. We advocate for access to locally grown foods for all income and social groups and seek to strengthen the local food economy by supporting local food businesses.
The Eat Local Now! Dinner offers a vital community space for individuals to share their stories, time for food and garden inspired activities, and a delicious community dinner featuring fresh food grown or produced in Washington, prepared by inspired local chefs.
Seattle Central Community College
SLICE ( Strengthening Local Independent Cooperatives Everywhere) is our region’s 2nd annual cooperative business conference. If you’re currently part of a co-op business, are starting one, or just want to learn more about how the co-op business model can help build an economy that is more just and economically sustainable, this conference is for you! Co-presented by Central Co-op and Seattle Good Business Network, the conference will feature national and regional speakers, workshops, and great food! Details and tickets at slice.coop.
Great news from Urban Farm Hub about the City of Seattle’s Atlantic City Nursery site. It seems the Parks Board Commissioners have agreed that future use of the site should include urban agriculture. It’s been a good year for Seattle’s process of becoming more urban-farm-friendly!
1st Annual Pike Place Market Artisan Food Festival
On September 25th and 26th, the Pike Place Market Foundation will host the first annual Pike Place Market Artisan Food Festival. Hours will be 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday and 10:00 – 5:00 Sunday.
The 2010 Artisan Food Festival will be modeled after Salone Del Gusto, the popular festival in Torino, Italy and feature outdoor ‘pavilions’ with the following themes: beer, wine, bread & cheese, coffee & tea, meat, chocolate, vegetables, sustainability, and crafts. It will also feature chef demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, and beer and wine gardens – something for all interests and ages.
The Festival is produced by the Market Foundation. Proceeds will benefit the low-income clients who rely on the Market’s four human service agencies – the Clinic, Preschool, Senior Center, and Food Bank.
I attended the Hazon Food Conference last year. Hazon is an organization dedicated to making a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community and world overall. They focus largely on sustainable food. Their conference this year looks interesting and worthwhile; check it out, if the intersection of Jewish culture and sustainability is something important to you.
December 23-26, 2010
Walker Creek Ranch
Sonoma County, CA
[From their website] The Hazon Food Conference is a unique gathering that will bring together 200 professionals, lay leaders, and foodies to connect, collaborate, and continue to build the New Jewish Food Movement. The Conference will provide in-depth sessions that willstrengthen and expand participants’ knowledge of Jewish thought on food, agriculture, and consumption, as well as opportunities to build community with regional cohorts and professionals of similar backgrounds.
Programming will include
- Exploring the rich tradition of Jewish thought on food, agriculture, and consumption
- Examining the Jewish community’s role to create a socially and economically-just and environmentally-sound food system
- Networking and regional gatherings for farmers, educators, activists, chefs, entrepreneurs, and other groups of people to collaborate and establish action plans
- Celebrating a joyous Shabbat
More information is available here.