Get out your calendars and set aside some time to celebrate the third annual Food Day! This year, Del Norte will have a four-day celebration starting on Wednesday, October 23, at the Downtown Farmers Market and running through Saturday, October 26.
The national theme this year is Food Education and we are taking that to heart with a range of educational (and fun!) events for all ages.Many of us know that Potter the Otter loves to drink water, but did you know that he loves picnics, too? At the Downtown Farmers Market, we'll celebrate the water-loving Potter with infused water samples and recipes. At the Saturday Crescent City Farmers Market, we'll be launching Potter's new book: It's Picnic Day, Potter!
Here's the full schedule:
Wednesday, October 23rd:
10am to 2pm: Join us for our kickoff event: Rethink Your Drink with Potter the Otter's Infused Water and the Department of Health and Human Services' nutrition education staff at the Downtown Farmers Market. Drawings for locally-grown produce and an infused water dispenser for participants.
Thursday, October 24th:
10am to 11am: Join Del Norte Reads at First 5's Family Resource Center, 494 Pacific, for a food-themed story hour for the preschool set. Book giveaways and healthy fun.
11am: The Department of Health and Human Services' nutrition education staff will teach a workshop about how to eat healthy as a new mom and make healthy, affordable baby food at home. Drawing for baby-food equipment.
5pm to 7pm: A Teen Dinner at Coastal Connections/TAY Center will feature a harvest-healthy dinner and costume-optional open mic. Door prize drawings for free movie passes. Ages 14 to 18 only, please!
6pm: Trivia Night at Tomasini's Enoteca will feature two rounds of all-food trivia. Extra, food-related prizes for the food rounds.
Friday, October 25th:
11am to noon: Little Recycler: How to Grow a Teenie Greenie at the Family Resource Center. Lorie Poole of Recology Del Norte will help you raise a recycler. All participants get a free copy of the Teenie Greenies book.
2pm to 3pm: Family Recycling Workshop at the Family Resource Center. Lorie Poole of Recology Del Norte will provide a hands-on workshop on family recycling. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a kitchen compost container.
3pm to 4:30pm: Rot is Hot: How to Compost at Home at the Family Resource Center. Tedd Ward with the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority will teach you everything you need to know about composting. Drawing for books and a backyard composter.
4pm to 6pm: Local Foods Showcase at Wild Rivers Market. Tastings and information about locally-grown and -produced foods. There will be tasty bites created by local chefs including Justin Hall, Thomas Wortman, and Paul Hess. Small fees for some tastings and free local food door prizes.
Saturday, October 26th:
9am to 1pm: Potter the Otter has a new adventure: It's Picnic Day, Potter! Our little otter friend is adding healthy eating and active living to his messages for the under-7 set. Come out to the Crescent City Farmers Market and see what the little otter is up to next and enter to win local fresh produce. There will be book giveaways and healthy snacks, too!
9am to 3pm: DIY Food Workshops will teach food skills in the kitchen, backyard, and the wild. All workshops will meet at the Family Resource Center, with field trips as needed. Workshops are free, but require pre-registration due to limited space.
9am to 1pm: Wild Edible Mushrooms with Bob Burch, Mycologist.
10am: Raising Backyard Chickens with Stephanie and Savannah Alexandre, Alexandre Kids Eggs
10am: Fermented Foods with Tasha Sparks and Connor Caldwell, Ferment Del Norte
11am to 1pm: Cooking with Foraged Foods with Thomas Wortmand and Paul Hess, chefs at Historic Requa Inn
1pm to 3pm: Planning Your Winter Garden with Paul Madeira, Ocean Air Farms
2pm to 3pm: Canning and Preservation with Jacki Bennett, Cooperative Extension
Some DIY Food Workshops have limited space. Please call Connor at 464-8347 ext. 266 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
There are many ways to get involved, even if you can't make it to any of our local events. If you want to learn more about the national goals of Food Day, visit their website for information and resources. The Food Day organizers have created a kit to help people host a meaningful potluck to initiate conversations about a variety of food and farming issues. Check it out here and let us know (in the comments or via email at FoodCouncilDNATL@gmail.com) if you'd like help getting started or would like to volunteer your time and talent to make Food Day great.
Our local Food Day events would not be possible without generous funders and community partners. Our financial sponsors are: