2nd Annual Philly Farm & Food Fest

As a wanna-be food-swapping, gardening, bread-making homesteader, nothing excites me more than a chance to check out a farm fresh mecca right in the heart of Center City.

Philly Farm & Food Fest, a one-day local event where attendees can shop, taste, learn and speak directly with farmers, food artisans and sustainable business owners, will present a full line-up of interactive educational programming on Sunday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex. And my family can’t wait!

Workshops are organized into two categories: Making & Doing and Sustainable Policy & Green Business. In Making & Doing, you can learn the basics of bee keeping; learn canning techniques, and discover how to grow native seed crops with little effort or investment. Cooking demos by acclaimed farm-to-table chefs Valerie Erwin, Chef and Owner of Geechee Girl Café; Yun Fuentes of JG Domestic; Josh Lawler of The Farm and Fisherman; and Lynn Buono of Feast Your Eyes Catering will be held every hour beginning at 11:30 am and will feature sustainable, local seasonal ingredients and products.

In the Sustainable Policy & Green Business category,  seminars will focus on the financial aspects and marketing strategies for sustainable businesses, how chefs, restaurants, and cafés can have a lighter impact on the Earth, and why cooperatives are an important part of Philadelphia’s local food community.

Philly Farm & Food Fest was co-founded by Ann Karlen and Marilyn Anthony and is a joint project of Fair Food and PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture), dedicated to showcasing local, sustainable foods and businesses to consumers. Over 3,000 customers flocked to the inaugural market, this year Philly Farm & Food Fest hopes to attract over 5,000 customers.

General admission tickets, which include access to all the workshops, are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Local Libations Lounge tickets are an additional $15 and are limited availability for tastings held every hour between 12 and 3 pm. Children under 12 get in free. Tickets may be purchased at http://phillyfarmfest.ticketleap.com/phillyfarmfest/.

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