Hug Your Local Farmer – October 16th
Celebrate area farmers and World Food Day at a great dinner in Spokane on October 16th. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has recognized this day annually since 1945. This year’s theme – Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth – asks us to honor and support the important role local family farms play in communities across the planet. Specifically, how they contribute to “eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.” These are busy, busy people.
Events around the globe will be hosted to embrace local, small landholder and family farmers next week. Spokane’s eaters are invited to mingle with each other and area farmers over dinner on Thursday, October 16th, from 6-9pm at 1428 W. Broadway (Salem Lutheran Church). Arvid Lundin’s Deep Roots Band will play folk music (perfect for square dancing) and Chef Dane Rice is cooking up a farm-to-table feast, featuring many foods & flavors of the Inland NW. The Harvest Banquet Menu includes:
Roasted butternut squash purée
Green salad with Champagne and Roasted Pear Vinaigrette
Your choice of entrée, all served with root vegetable & apple hash…
- Pacific NW Co-op Chickpea Cake
- Herb scented Mahi Mahi
- Cider roasted Pork
Tickets are available for purchase at this link now.
In addition to a delicious meal, a fun band, a small raffle and the chance to personally thank our area farmers for all they do to feed our community and keep the land healthy and productive, selected farmers will receive the following awards:
- Most Entrepreneurial Family Farm
- Most Influential Organic Vegetable Grower
- Most Influential Organic Fruit Grower
- Most Influential Educator
- Most Supportive Restaurant
- Oldest Family Farm
The event is spearheaded by the Spokane Food Policy Council (SFPC), a group convened at the prompting of City Council President Ben Stuckart. Like other food policy councils across the country, the SFPC works to create and/or modify this region’s policies to promote and facilitate a local food system that strengthens the viability of farms and food businesses of all sizes, and their ability to nourish the immediate community. Newly formed in 2014, their vision and mission inform their policy recommendations:
Vision – A thriving community that values and cultivates a viable, inclusive, and prosperous food system.
Mission – To advance policies and initiatives that foster a resilient food system in the Spokane area; one that is healthy and equitable for its citizens, economy and environment.
Join the SFPC and additional sponsoring organizations (Organics by Design, Main Market Co-op, Pilgrim’s and Charlie’s Produce) in saying thank you to Spokane area farmers, and letting them know how very much they are valued in our community.
If you would like to contribute to the evening by volunteering some time, please contact Nathan Calene via email – [email protected]
Reserve your seat, select your preferred meal, and please spread the word.