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WHAT: Come Home To Eat 2010, a local food celebration and festival
WHEN: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 3 pm to 8 pm
WHERE: Western Gateway Park, Penn Valley
COST: Free admission and parking. Everyone is welcome.
1) The food (of course): Food is the heart and soul of this event. This is not your ordinary festival, where the food you eat is “processed”, you don’t know where it came from or how it was grown, etc. This is special food, a rare opportunity to eat with consciousness. As of Friday morning the meats will already be in the marinade at BriarPatch meat dept. Also on Friday, local farmers will harvest the produce. On Saturday at 8 am a whole bunch ofvolunteers will start prepping it and cooking it at In the Kitchen in Nevada City. It will all get hauled to the park on Sunday in a refrigerated truck, where more prepping and cooking will happen, and then at 4 pm, you get to eat it!
Picnic dinner prepared from locally grown foods (served from 4 pm to 7 pm):
The menu is potato salad (with herbs and olive oil vinaigrette), panzanella salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, chunks of toasted bread with different herbs and olive oil vinaigrette from the potato salad), corn on the cob, grilled beef and lamb kabobs with veggies, or veggie kabobs, and a piece of fresh fruit. Food is being sourced from many local farms— they will be identified at the event.
Cost: adults $12 in advance, $15 at event
adolescents (12-18): $6
children under 12: free
benefactors: $20-35 per adult
Advance food ticket outlets:
APPLE Center, BriarPatch, Peaceful Valley, UCCE office (Grass Valley Vets Hall)
Advance tickets must be purchased by Saturday,August 21. No whining on Sunday morning about how you didn’t buy your advance tickets. There will be plenty at the event. We are cookin’ for 1000!
2) Special dessert: We will be offering for sale smoothies and milkshakes (fresh peach!) made from local fruit and regional organic ice cream.
3) Local wines and regional beers will also be available for sale.
Local wineries participating: Pilot Peak, Szabo,and Smith Vineyards/Wineries.
Beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co and Auburn Alehouse and hard cider from Fox Barrel.
4) Entertainment by local string bands and contra dancing:
Past Due and Playable, Ragged But Right
Contra dancing (7 pm): Hot Cider, with Bob O’Brien calling
Thank you local musicians for supporting local farmers!
5) Fun activities for adults and kids:
Leave your electronic gadgets at home. We’re gonna have fun the old-fashioned way!
+ Dunk your favorite farmer in the dunk tank! The dunk tank is being run by Nevada Union FFA, and net proceeds will benefit them.
+ Games for kids of all ages (egg toss, sack races, etc.) with help from the Clear Creek School 4-H club.
6) Meet and rub elbows with your local farmers,and learn a lot more about local agriculture past and present. Farmers will be identified with red ribbons, interns with green ribbons. Chat it up with them. And take a Walk Through the Living Farm Guide.
A Walk through the Living Farm Guide will be an actual stroll to various “stations” representing the geographical areas of the county, with lots of great info about historical and current farming, and there will be some farmers at the stations to interact with the public. Participants will have a set of questions to find out as they walk through the farm guide (the scavenger hunt part).
7) Program honoring local farmers and ranchers at 6:30
We will be bringing all farmers/ranchers and interns to the stage to be briefly introduced. They will be given an honorary item (it’s a surprise), and then get a standing ovation. We’ll be taking a group photo.
Come Home To Eat is a 100% volunteer event.
Net proceeds will benefit projects that support local agriculture.
SPONSORS (Thank You!):
Lead sponsor: BriarPatch Co-op Natural Foods Community Market
Supporting sponsors: Nevada City Farmers Market
Nevada County Certified Growers’ Market
Nevada County Farm Bureau
Nevada County Grown
Nevada County Land Trust
Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Aug 25th, 2010 at 3:22 pm
Wow! What a great event! It was so great to see all of our hard working farmers get honored and the food was awesome! Nearly everything on my plate was picked fresh in Nevada County—-or raised here! Super delicious.