I’m excited to share that the Philly Farm and Food Fest is happening this weekend at the PA Convention Center. This abundant gathering of farmers and foodies from all over the region is a can’t-miss event for anyone interesting in connecting with our local food roots. On Sunday, April 12 beginning at 11 a.m., kids and grown-ups alike are invited to join Fair Food and Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) for the fourth-annual Philadelphia Farm & Food Fest (Fest 2015), presented by Whole Foods Market, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch Street). Tickets start at just $20 per person, and are currently available for purchase online (click to purchase); children 12 and under will be admitted for free. Farm & Food Fest is one of the country’s biggest and best single-day food festivals and a perfect way to introduce kids to the lifelong benefits of healthful, sustainable eating.
When I attended two years ago, hand-in-hand with a rambunctious tot and a baby strapped on my back, I was happy to find that the event was very family friendly. From the farm-themed play area for youngsters to the ice cream samples, to the friendly farmers inspiring others to learn about the origins of our food, our entire family tapped into the buzzing energy of our conscientious food community.
You might remember that my food journey began almost three years ago. Inspired by my midwife, Kate of Rising Moon Midwifery, I sought to learn more about how to procure, grow, and eat foods that could sustain life and help my body nurture my baby within. After a series of small steps, I quickly found myself knee deep in my backyard salsa garden and lovingly immersed within a CSA pickup point at our own house.
Today, I love food so much that I’ve even been able to let go of all the gushers, oreos, and doritos that got me to where I am today. There’s nothing I enjoy more than sharing a fresh smoothie popsicle with my kids on a hot summer day and my life has changed simply from my willingness to try new things. Thankfully, our local, hardworking farmers are so amazing that I have never been disappointed by the foods that grace our table from their hands.
I would encourage you, no matter what you ate this week, to dive into the Philly Farm and Food Fest to get a taste of the best and freshest food available in the area.