Wednesday, March 15, 2017

GOOD FOOD Festival 2017

I've covered the Good Food Festival before, but I want to let you know that this year is the 13nth annual festival, and it's this weekend!

The Good Food Festival is dedicated to the business, love, and pleasure of good food. The watch words are local, organic, sustainable, humane, fair, community, fresh, and grown.

The festival has a couple of different components.

On March 16 and 17 there will be educational seminars about food growing, food policy, being a food coop, being a farmer, and all kinds of stuff that is dedicated to the business of good food.

Thursday, March 16 the focus is Financing and Innovation,  where potential food businesses learn all about the best strategies to undertake and pitfalls to avoid when starting up and maintaining a Good Foods Business. A highlight of this day is the session called Pitch It!, where fellows from the Good Food Business Accelerator and other Good Food entrepreneurs will present their businesses to prospective investors and stakeholders who can help them grow. This session will be moderated by Bram Bluestein, longtime management consultant and now a Good Food investor. There will also be a Good Food Financing Fair  where innovative farms and food businesses seeking capital can engage with funders, pitch their business plans, and forge new partnerships.
Friday March 17 the focus is once again on business and policy.  There will be a trade show (trades only) The highlight of the day will be an all-star panel on one of the key questions facing the supply-challenged Good Food sector: Does Good Food Need to Be Local? Participants include Chef Rick Bayless of the Frontera restaurants, whose sourcing supports both local and Mexican small farmers; Katherine Miller, who directs food policy advocacy for The James Beard Foundation; Jim Murphy of MightyVine tomatoes; Bobby Turner of Whole Foods Market; Lenny Lebovitch of PRE Brands; and Stacie Sopinka of US Foods.

If you are interested in this business/education component, there are still some tickets available.  Purchase here

On Saturday, March 18 there will be the open-to-the-public Good Food Festival,  a family-friendly day of inspiring speakers, tastings from local food artisans, chef demos and samplings, and more!

Highlights include:

  • DIY workshops on the Organic Valley Good Food Commons
  • an interactive Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner with lots of fun activities for kids, 
  • the Good Food Marketplace, a show and sales floor featuring more than 150 farmers, artisanal food producers, retailers, other vendors, and nonprofit organizations 

All of this is designed to put Good Food on your family's table!

You can get a full schedule of the activities by downloading this PDF .

For the first time, this event is FREE!  There is no charge to register, however, registration is required, so please register online!

The whole event is sponsored by FamilyFarmed, a non-profit organization "committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities." (from their mission statement)

Find out more about the festival by visiting their website:

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