A bounty of local food events this month!

The month of August has so much to offer local food, music and heritage enthusiasts, we wanted to share a list.  Something for everyone:

Tour de Fresh (Saturday, August 20, 9 am, Depot Town Farmers Market) Tour de Fresh 2016 is a group bike tour that highlights the local food system in the Ypsilanti community. Bikers travel approximately 10 miles to see and learn about food projects impacting the city including farmers markets, community gardens, urban micro-farms, local honey projects, home vegetable gardens and more! Meet at the Depot Town Farmers Market located at 100 Rice Street, Ypsilanti MI.  The ride will start and end at the market. Parking is available on site. The tour focuses on how our community is creating sustainable food opportunities and healthy food access in Ypsilanti. Bike Ypsi has teamed up with Growing Hope to lead the bike ride and community members will host bikers at each garden.

Live Love Local (Sunday, August 21, 12-3 pm, Eastern Market, Shed 5, Detroit, MI.)  Local food, local beer and wine, local fun! Come to Detroit’s Eastern Market to celebrate all things Detroit. Tickets include entry, tastings from more than 25 chef stations preparing creations from local food, two drink tickets, and local entertainment.

MI Jewish Food Fest (Sunday, August 28, 11 am – 4pm, Eastern Market, Detroit) Everyone is invited to the first ever Michigan Jewish Food Festival and to enjoy food, celebrate shared history in Detroit, and learn about Detroit’s current food movement that’s creating a more sustainable, healthier, and more just community for all. Meet and learn from chefs like Michael Twitty and Hell’s Kitchen’s Jared Bobkin; hear from health and family experts like Moms Across America’s Zen Honeycutt, and Dr. Joel Kahn and Jewish Veg’s Jeffrey Cohan. Plus, food justice seminars with Detroit Urban Farmers including Do It For Detroit’s winner Atieno Nyar Kasagam and sessions on fair wages with Rabbi Alana Alpert and Detroit Jews for Justice. Find out What’s Spiritual About Food with Rabbi Rachel Shere, and check out an interfaith panel on sacred eating.  Shed 5 will be packed with Detroit’s entrepreneurial food vendors (including Locavorious), environmental and food justice groups, kids’ activities, fresh produce, and more. Outside you’ll find the workshops and seminars. NextGen’s bringing the music. Feet on the Street tours will be taking you through the Eastern Market. Sounds amazing.  Hope to see you there!

HollerFest  10th Anniversary Hollerfest! (August 26-28 music festival in Brooklyn, MI.) The event takes place at Frog Holler Farm, an organic vegetable farm owned and operated by the King family for more than 40 years. The goal of Holler Fest is to form sustainable relationships between artists and communities.  The organic farmers of Frog Holler work to create the best conditions for plants to reach their optimum health. Applying this philosophy to Holler Fest, they try to create optimum conditions for arts, culture and community to thrive.  60 bands, organic meals, workshops, hiking, and more. Camp at the farm all weekend, or just stop by for an afternoon of music, food and fun!

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival (August 26-28) is a free community festival featuring arts & crafts, Michigan craft beer, live music, family activities and entertainment, historical presentations and demonstrations, and more.  Come to Riverside Park and the surrounding areas to enjoy the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival!

Chefs in the Garden on (Sunday, August 21, 5-8 pm, and/or Sunday September 25, Growing Hope Center, Ypsilanti ) is one of a series of fundraising dinners amidst Growing Hope’s blossoming urban farm in the heart of Ypsilanti. Enjoy an artisan-prepared meal with local food.  Support Growing Hope’s work to help everyone in our community grow and access healthy food, and enjoy a great locally sourced meal yourself.  SPOILER ALERT – The dinner on September 25th will be a Washtenaw Food Hub chef all-star event with heritage and local food, prepared with historical recipes.  Mark your calendars for next month, or sign up early.

YUM!! So many wonderful options.  Can I declare August the month of “local love”?

Rena

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