Friday, October 07, 2011

Celebrate Local Food in AlbuquerqueThis Sunday!

(This is the third in a series of blog posts to commemorate  Local Food Month  and Food Day in New Mexico during October in which we feature  people and organizations who seek to raise awareness and offer solutions to problems of hunger and poverty and promote nutrition and sustainability.  We will also highlight a number of anti-hunger events, including this great festival in Albuquerque this coming Sunday).

Local Food Festival and Field Day
Healthy Land - Healthy Food - Healthy People

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 11:00am-4:00pm
Gutierrez-Hubbell House, South Valley, Albuquerque

The Local Food Festival and Field Day, a celebration of food from the ground up, is an annual event highlighting local food and agriculture in our region. The festival is organized by the Mid-Region Council of Governments Agricultural Cooperative, in partnership with a variety of local groups and organizations.

This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever. In addition to some fabulous food (we’ll have lots of prepared food and neat lunches from gourmet food trucks), please see below for the first sneak peak at the many additional activities:

Ongoing Events

CHEFS TENT – Main Field
Cook with the Chefs, cooking demonstrations and tastings with four local chefs:
· 12:00-1:00 - Chef #1: Jason Greene, The Grove Cafe & Market
· 1:00-2:00 - Chef #2: Maxime Bouneau, Torrinos’ @ Home
· 2:00-3:00 - Chef #3: Saul Paniagua, Winner of the 2010 Chef Knockout
· 3:00-4:00 - Chef #4: Jaye Wilkinson, Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farm

BANDS AND POETRY TENT – Center of Main Field
· 11:00am – 1:15pm - Young Edward
· 1:30pm-1:45pm - Yasmeen Najmi – Poetry Readings
· 1:45pm – 4:00pm - Mala Maña

SPEAKERS TENT – Hubbell House Courtyard
· 11:00-11:30 - Isaura Andaluz, The Importance of Seed Saving
· 11:45-12:15 - Jen Prosser, Food Preservation – Quick and Easy
· 12:30-1:00 - Bernadette Torres – Curandurisima(o) – Learning About Folk Medicine & Healing
· 1:15-1:45 - Bruce Milne, UNM Summer Foodshed Field School
· 2:45-3:15 - Amanda Bramble, The Power of Solar Cooking & Dehydrating
· 3:30-4:00 - Bard Edrington, Water Harvesting Tips and Techniques

BOOKWORKS READINGS ROOM – Inside the Hubbell House in the Ballroom
11:30-12:00 - Dave DeWitt (Author of “The Southwest Table”)
1:30-2:00 - Aline Fourier (Author of “Everything I Eat Nourishes Me”)
2:30-3:00 - Gloria Zamora (Author of “Sweet Nata: Growing Up in Rural New Mexico”)
3:30-4:00 - David Ondrik (Author of “Arid Harvests” – Also the Festival’s Featured Artist)

SHORT FILMS - Inside the Hubbell House in the Media Room
· 11:00-12:00 - “Seed Sovereignty Declaration” - Agriculture Implementation Research & Education (AIRE) (10:32 min. looped)
· 12:00-1:00 - “What Would Aldo Think?” - Lisa Silva & Girls Gone Green (5:00 min. looped)
· 1:00-2:00 - “Picking ‘Tuna’ in the Desert” - Katya Miller (3:44 min. looped)

· 11:00-11:15 & 1:30-1:45: Seeds – What Takes a Seed to Grow?
· 11:15-11:30 & 1:45-2:00: Turn Newspapers in to Seed Pots
· 11:30-11:45 & 2:00-2:15: Pollination – What Is It and How Does It Work?
· 11:45-12:00 & 2:15-2:30: Make Your Own Insect
· 12:00-12:30 & 2:30-3:00: Garden Art

· 11:00-1:00 - Local Seed Exchange – Gardeners Guild booth in the Main FIeld
· 1:00-2:00 - Meet the Festival’s Featured Artist David Ondrik – Inside the Hubbell House, Main Hallway
· 1:45-2:15 – Poster session with students from UNM Summer Foodshed Field School Course –Under the Hubbell House portale, behind Speakers Tent
· Beekeeping Demos/Lectures
  12:00-1:00pm - Les Crowder, For the Love of Bees (at their booth – Main Field)
 2:00-3:00pm - Megan Mahoney, Abq Beekeepers (at their booth – Main Field)

· Sac races, seed spitting contest, bean bag toss, and other fun games
· Climbing wall
· Free face painting
· Livestock display and petting zoo
· Free horse rides
· 11:30am & 1:00pm - Kids exercises at the Kids Cook! Booth

· Tours of the Gutierrez-Hubbell House and much more inside the main building
· Vendors and exhibits
· Explore the farm and nature trail, including the acequia
· Kids workshops, games and other Activities
· Trail Mix Making for Kids at the Kids Cook! Booth – until supplies last
· Featured artist David Ondrik – Inside the Hubbell House, Main Hallway

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