What is Food Day? Think of it as an Earth Day for food! Aimed at promoting healthy, sustainable, affordable, and just food systems in America, Food Day is a national grassroots mobilization backed by some of the most prominent voices for energizing the food movement. On October 24, 2011, people will gather at events big and small and from coast to coast in homes, schools, colleges, churches, city halls, farmersâ€™ markets, supermarkets, and elsewhere to raise awareness about food issues and advocate for change. Here in Savannah, Well FED and The Savannah Chatham Food Policy Council will be hosting one of the largest Food Day festivals in the country! On Saturday, October 22nd, the weekend before National Food Day, the City of Savannah will be treated to a large outdoor festival at Mother Matilda Beasley Park, which has been graciously provided by Chatham County Public Works and Parks Services. The festival is from 11am to 5pm and is free and open to the public, with live music, free food and food vendors, dozens of exhibitors, and 4 unique tracks of concurrent free workshops and activities for the whole family, including your pets! Itâ€™s time to Eat Real Savannah...
Craving Change? Spearheaded by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day is organized around six main policy goals:
1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods 2. Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness 3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger 4. Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms 5. Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids 6. Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers
For more information, including the latest updates, driving directions, and more, visit: www.wellfedsavannah.com To learn more about the national Food Day initiatives and how to get involved, go to: FoodDay.org
The following exhibitors and vendors will be in attendance, with more additions to be announced. Visit www.wellfedsavannah.com for an updated list or to register your own company or organization. Bluegrass BBQ - Thrive - Form - Smooth - Cafe Gelatohhh - Crepe A Diem - SES BioFuels- Footprint Savannah - The Wooden Sheep - Coastal Empire Montessori School - The Sentient Bean - Brighter Day Natural Foods - Forsyth Farmers Market - Savannah Food Co-op - Savannah Veggies and Vegans - Farmer D Organics - The Butcher - Haberdashery - Hunter Cattle - City Church - Savannah Bee - Savannah Technical College - Green Event Guide - Emergent Structures - West Rehab - Slow Food - Holistic Health Center - GoGreen Tours - SUGA - Juice Plus - Green Methods Senior Citizens Inc. - SOGreen Network - Chatham Area Transit Authority - Starfish Cafe - Perc - Harambee House - USGBC - Step Up Savannah SAFFON - Savannah Chatham County Public School System and the PTA Council - Transition Town Savannah - UGA Cooperative Extension Service The Humane Society of Greater Savannah - Catnip & Biscuits - The Grateful Hound - Savannah River Keepers - Frali Gourmet - South University School of Pharmacy - Loop It Up/ West Broad St.YMCA - Sustainable Table - Animal Welfare Approved
All the proceeds from the 2011 Savannah Food Day Festival will be distributed to the following non-profit organizations:
We will be collecting canned goods and non-perishables during the festival to benefit Americaâ€™s Second Harvest. All donations will be awarded with a special surprise gift!
The 2011 Savannah Food Day Festival is presented by Well FED and the Savannah Chatham Food Policy Council. Food Day is a project of the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest 1220 L St. NW Washington DC 20005 cspinet.org
Schedule of Events
The 2011 Savannah Food Day Festival takes place from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM 11:00 AM Opening Ceremony with proclamation from County Commissioner Pete Liakakis. 11:45 AM First Musical Performance begins with Stan Ray & The Accomplices 12:00 PM First Workshops begin. (Complete list of workshops and details on the next page.) 2:00 PM Musical Performace by The McIntosh County Shouters 3:00 PM Musical Performance by The Train Wrecks 4:00 PM Final Announcements and The Final Musical Performance by KidSyc@BrandyWine
LIVE CONCERT ALL DAY
ALSO: Stan Ray
The McIntosh County Shouters
T he T r ain Wr ecks
Parent & Family Workshops 12:00 PM Remedying Childhood Obesity Presented by Chef Jean Vendeville and Savannah Technical College Recently presented at Oxford University, this workshop will help parents understand the importance of their role in providing leadership to remedy childhood obesity.
1:00 PM How to Pack a Healthy Lunch Presented by Catherine Compton and West Rehab, Wellness Division This workshop features local nutritionist, Cat Compton, who will be dishing out creative and healthy ideas on how to successfully pack a nutritious and fun lunch.
2:00 PM Healthy Family Dinners Made Easy Presented by Janie Broadhead of Brighter Day Natural Foods and SUGA Healthy eating and strong family bonds begin at the dinner table. In today’s fast paced world, fewer families are eating together and rely on drive thru meals. This workshop will demonstrate how to prepare quick, healthy, and fun meals that the whole family will enjoy.
3:00 PM If you can Peel a Carrot, You can make Baby Food Presented by Gin Johnson and Well FED Savannah Find out how even the busiest parents, with only basic cooking skills, can learn how to make simple and nutritious organic baby food with items already found in the kitchen.
Live Cooking Classes 12:00 PM “Deceptively Delicious”: Sneaking more Whole Foods into your Child’s Diet Presented by Dr. Tassie Hargrove and The Holistic Health Center Learn how to get more vegetables into your child’s diet without them even realizing it. Watch, learn, and taste, Dr. Hargrove’s recipe for a delicious vegetable pasta sauce.
1-3 PM Quick Cooking with Savannah’s Top Chefs-Using fresh local ingredients. Easy on time and easy on money: Learn how to pick, store, prepare, and enjoy fresh produce with new confidence. Sit with Chefs, Sarah Maier from The Olde Pink House and Gerald Green from Garibaldi Café, as they go step by step in explaining the utensils and methods needed in preparing readily available ingredients in new ways. Walk away feeling like a pro when you are able to stay on budget and re-create a chef inspired dish in your own home without concerns.
1:00 PM Broccoli- Chef Sarah, creating a Broccoli and Apple Salad 2:00 PM Cabbage- Chef Gerald, creating Dirty Cabbage 3:00 PM Pear - Chefs Sarah and Gerald creating Pear Fosters and Cake
Children’s Activities Provided Children whose parents are attending a workshop will be treated to a wide range of activities to keep them busy and stimulated while their parents are in workshops. All Parent & Family Workshops will be conducted within sight of the playground and activity areas. Children will engage in physical fitness and artistic activities, provided by Newmann Dotterweich of West Rehab and Molly Lieberman of The West Broad YMCA.
Home Gardening Workshops 12:00 PM Rain Water Collection & Solar Powered Irrigation Systems for Gardens Presented by David Malpass and the Savannah Urban Garden Association Learn the basics of calculating and collecting water from roofed structures; as well as the design of storage systems and solar powered pumping systems for distributing water.
1:00 PM Building your own Soil, Using Composting Presented by David Malpass and the Savannah Urban Garden Association Explore composting as a way of building soils for growing food. Learn how to construct composting systems, including composting with worms and thermal composting methods.
2:00 PM Organic Gardening Basics Presented by Kelly Lockamy and the Savannah Urban Garden Association Learn the basic techniques used in organic gardening. From soil to seasonal planting, disease and pest control. Kelly will also be on hand to answer all your organic gardening questions.
3:00 PM Family Gardening, Exploration and Hands-On Learning Presented by Andy Schwartz and Farmer D Organics Simple and fun ideas for parents to get children active in the garden. These projects will help bring the whole family into the garden to experience nature and learn about food.
Advanced Eco-Home Practices 1:00 PM Making Natural Dyes with Food By-Products Presented by Ashley Newsome and Haberdashery Eco Fasion Supply Learn how to select and use food items, such as walnut husks, onion skins, and other food waste products, to safely dye fabric and yarn for use in daily craft applications.
2:00 PM Cleaning Alternatives for a Safer, Healthier Home Presented by Tiffany Welch and Green Methods Cleaning Services Learn how to make your own natural cleaning products at home and find out how put your home into an environmental rehab, by replacing your toxic harmful cleaning products with natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly products.
3:00 PM Preserving Food Using Solar Dehydration Presented by David Malpass and the Savannah Urban Garden Association This workshop will cover basic design, construction, and applications of solar powered food dehydrators; as well as the process of preparing and storing dehydrated foods.
City of Savannah Truckload Sale
During the festival,The City of Savannah Water Resources Bureau will be hosting the sale of compost bins and rain barrels, next door at the East Broad Elementary School. This one-day event, with special discounted pricing of over half off the retail price, will take place from 9am-3pm. For more information call: 912-651-6943 -or- See page 17.
We would ask all our readers to please take a moment to view all the following companies and organizations: This event would not have been possible, were it not for the following sponsors and partners. We cannot begin to express how thankful we are to have them as part of our local community.
Your official guide to the 2011 Savannah Food Day Festival. Complete descriptions of workshops and schedule of events.