Food Day: A recipe for eating real at the community level
Food day events across Tucson commend local food production initiatives.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 00:07
CELEBRATION: Community harvests make the Food Day events. (Photo: shawnshreiner/Flickr)
Several areas around Tucson recently joined forces to celebrate Food Day, a national event designed to promote local and sustainable agriculture and to bring communities together in support of healthy, affordable food. The idea of Food Day is to inspire a renewed appreciation for local food systems and is planned to occur every Oct. 24. If this sounds like the type of event that makes your mouth water for tasty, local foods, then we have something in common.
Food day originated from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit group out of Washington, D.C., working to support smaller U.S. communities wrestling with food insecurity and health disparities.
Many of the Food Day events celebrated across Tucson were affiliated with campus communities, NGOs, wellness projects, local schools and cafeterias. Some of the events included University of Arizona Food Day, Mesquite Eat, Killer Food Controversies, Well University Partnership, Forks Over Knives, Garden Food Giveaway and the Santa Cruz Harvest Dinner, among many others. My Food Day plans involved making reservations to attend a nutrition presentation, food demonstration and National Food Day dinner put on by Canyon Ranch Resort.
However, most of these events ended up being canceled or made available only to paying guests, so my Food Day experience quickly turned into a food day hash. Partly because i was unwilling to splurge for an overrated dinner but also because the place was preoccupied with business when they really needed the full day dedicated to a Food Day celebration. These events typically provide a place for people to gather, learn about sustainable food practices, sample delicious local food dishes and meet new foodie friends.
In addition, Food Day is intended to reconnect communities, and with 90 percent of Americans choosing to source foods from grocery markets, there is a growing push for large food retailers to collaborate with community food producers that provide a substantial amount of healthy produce often lacking from local grocery food markets.
So if like me, you were unable to partipicate in a Food Day celebration this year, give it a go next year. And in the words of the culinary queen, bon appetit.
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