With so many choices out there how do we choose what foods are best for the health of our families and the planet? Sourcing and eating foods that are locally grown, non-GMO, and certified organic can be quite cumbersome, especially for the busy family and for those with limited food access. But it doesn’t need to be. Held on the green pastures of the historic National Colonial Farm, Food for Thought is a one-day festival that is as delectable for the mind as it is for the taste buds. This inaugural event explores the intricacies of our food system through discussion, theater, DIY workshops, games and, of course, food.
On Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 12 – 5 pm, the Accokeek Foundation will host this fun and interactive event featuring nationally and locally recognized writers, activists, and performers inspiring us to eat sustainably and well. “This event brings together James McWilliams, along with local farmer and activist Forrest Pritchard, Co-Chairperson of Slow Food DC Sarah McKinley, and culinary educator JuJu Harris to have a lively talk show-style discussion on the best ways to eat sustainably,” shares Andrea Jones, Director of Programs and Visitor Engagement for the Accokeek Foundation. “JuJu [Harris] will also demonstrate how to eat well on a budget using recipes from her cookbook, combining WIC staples with seasonal produce that are easy to make and delicious.”
Activities throughout the day also include thought-provoking museum theater performances which asks the essential question: Should we return to a smaller-scale, locally-based food system like our ancestors once had? Written by Jodi Kanter, a theater professor at George Washington University, the performances depict a current day farmer of Native American descent who is visited by an ancestor from the past telling the story of how the meaning of food has changed. Food for Thought is uniquely designed to intertwine the past to the present and possible future of agriculture by creating peak experiences and engaging participatory education, combined with novelty and fun. There will be activities to fit all ages and interests including hayrides and games, workshops on raising backyard chickens, food tastings and challenges, and a costume contest and parade. Participants are encouraged to register in advance by September 15 for the King Corn costume contest to receive free admission to the event. Costume contestants will be judged based on originality, costume design and expression with winners announced in two categories for adults and children. Admission is only $5 per person with free entrance for children 10 and under. The first 100 to arrive will receive a commemorative EcoTote bag.
Support for this event has generously been received from the Maryland Humanities Council and MOM’s Organic Market. Additional sponsorships are available by contacting the Accokeek Foundation at 301-283-2113 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 12 noon – 5 pm. Food for Thought is a festival that is as delectable for the mind as it is for the taste buds which explores the intricacies of our food system through discussion, theater, DIY workshops, games and – of course – food. On Saturday, September 20 from 12 – 5 pm, held on the green pastures of the historic National Colonial Farm at 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek MD 20607, this fun and interactive event features nationally and locally recognized writers, activists and performers inspiring us to eat sustainably and well. Additional activities include a food miles challenge, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, hayrides, performances, and a costume contest for all ages! General admission is $5 per person; children 10 and under are free.
Anjela Barnes, Director of Communications
301-283-2113, ext. 34