If you like family time, shopping, meeting entrepreneurs, or eating, then you’ll enjoy the Feast! Local Foods Marketplace festival, coming Sat., Dec. 3 to the Mayo Civic Center.
Kids food fun
Kids will enjoy diving into crafts and activities designed to celebrate local foods. This year, race the always-exciting Veggie Grand Prix and make a mini-sprout greenhouse that really grows. Also, don’t miss HyVee’s KidsFit Curriculum with games that promote movement and nutrition education. What a way to create positive memories around healthy food!
For a more introspective challenge, combine sliced veggies with paint and paper and you get beautiful art prints with endless possibilities.
Storytime will have food and farming themes, and children will have the opportunity to illustrate local food stories.
And let’s admit it: food fun like this is good for all ages…it feeds the soul.
Food Film Fest
While enjoying the sights and flavors of Feast, talking with entrepreneurs, and sampling foods, you’re doing things that are simple and revolutionary all at once. You’re demonstrating an interest in a more sustainable food system, which speaks of openness to change and possibilities.
That’s why this year, Feast is offering a showing of short films focused on sustainable food and farming, and becoming empowered through knowledge and intention. The films are a collection of 10 finalists in the 2016 Real Food Media film contest, the first-ever international competition to focus completely on short films about sustainable food and farming.
The films address topics such as farmworker rights, organic farming practices, heirloom plant varieties, community gardens, and the corporate influence on America’s tastes and food traditions. They are entertaining, and also inspire us to reflect, ask questions, and get busy with local gardens and efforts to keep improving our food system.
The food films will be playing continuously throughout the festival, so if you get a little tired of talking and walking, you can take a load off, and feed your mind.
Tasting, Tasting, Tasting
The expo hall at the Mayo Civic Center will be filled to capacity with over 100 local food businesses ready to tempt your palate. Come hungry, for what you’ll find is like a 10-course meal: micro greens and salad dressings, sauces and salsas, cooking mixes, baking mixes, grass fed meats, fresh raw veggies frozen or fermented, and don’t forget the decadent desserts—multiple chocolatiers, along with delicious snack foods that just happen to also be healthy.
You can find gluten-free, probiotic, grass-fed, and organic products. Greek yogurt, jams made with specialty local fruits, and—do we need to mention—cheese. Is your mouth watering? We’ve got you covered with a variety of beverages as well. Have you tried switchel? Kombucha? What about chai? If you’re so inclined, spring for the wristband and you can also sample local craft beer, wine, and hard cider. For all but the alcohol, you’ll be able to take it to go: purchase your favorites to savor at home or to share with a fellow foodie.