News Release: Wolfville Farmers’ Market’s Good Food Hub launches it's first Food Matters Mixer:
Thursday, May 28, 7-9pm
The Wolfville Farmers’ Market’s Good Food Hub will launch its first Food Matters Mixer this Thursday, May 28, from 7-9pm. The Food Matters Mixer will be a regular social event designed to connect people who are passionate about food and food issues, provide a forum for new food projects, ideas and innovations and spark connections and energy within the growing food movement. This first event has been sponsored by the Eastern Kings Community Health Board.
Guests are invited to tantalize their tastebuds on tapas from the Good Food Hub, craft beers from The Schoolhouse Brewery, fizzy brews from a funky ferment bar, and samples from Farm Girl Preserves. Games and door prizes will be provided by EOS Natural Foods.
To spark imagination and conversation, there will be three visual storytellers on the theme of transition: Roberto Gueli, Holistic Nutrition educator, co-owner of Conscious Catering and passionate wild foodist; Lesley Frank, Sociology Professor and food justice advocate; and, Sarah Pittoello, organic farmer, educator and culinary explorer.
Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 in advance (buy at The Wolfville Farmers’ Market info booth or at T.A.N. Cafe in Kentville). Admission includes good food and conversation, drinks will be provided at a cash bar. Some free tickets are available for anyone who is financially restricted. Contact Selah Koile at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook: Food Matters Mixer
Website: Wolfville Farmers Market
Photo of wild fermentation wizard and culinary author and activist, Sandor Katz, teaching a workshop at the Good Food Hub in 2014
Good Food Hub Background:
When the Wolfville Farmers’ Market installed a commercial kitchen last spring, it began an initiative called the Good Food Hub with a vision of fostering a nourishing community culture that values local food including the systems, skills, knowledge and people that sustain it. A Community Advisory Committee, made up of community leaders, helped to guide a year long process that included monthly meetings, brainstorming, focus groups, partnerships, and pilot projects. Through this process the Market decided to form a standing Good Food Hub Committee made up of vendors and members of the community; and that it could sustain two programs: the Food Matters Mixer event series and The Art and Ease of Good Food workshops.
The Food Matters Mixer was envisioned as a way to foster the hub culture of the Market, by bringing people together from different sectors of the food movement (culinary, agricultural, industry, food security, sustainability, food education, academics, nutrition, health and more). A community planning committee including Adam Barnett, Av Singh, and Amanda Vaz worked with Market staff to further develop the concept and event plan.
The Art and Ease of Good Food cooking workshops provide hands on cooking skills using fresh local ingredients in a friendly environment around a communal table. The successful spring series was so well received it sold out . Several tickets for financially restricted members of the community were made possible through the Eastern Kings Community Health Board Wellness Initiative Fund, and will be available again for the upcoming fall series.
The Wolfville Farmers’ Market started a Good Food Hub Fund to encourage business sponsorship and individual donations to support the sustainability of the programs and to allow those who are financially restricted to participate. The Market will soon form a Good Food Hub Committee made up of community members and vendors committed to sustaining and developing these community focused programs. As these programs have a community focus, there will always be a need for volunteers and engagement. Please contact The Market Manager to further discuss your interest.
Kelly Marie Redcliffe, Market Manager
Selah Koile, The Good Food Hub Coordinator
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