Food Day 2014 + How to Celebrate
A few months ago, I was approached about becoming a coordinator for Food Day. I have to admit that I had never heard of a national Food Day before. I found out that it is a nationwide celebration of real, healthy, sustainable, and fair food that culminates on October 24th. It’s also a grassroots campaign for better food policy, food education, and farmworkers rights. Those are all things I stand for and spend energy toward advancing, so joining the Food Day team was an easy choice. After accepting the position of statewide coordinator for Georgia, I’ve been on a mission to get people to celebrate Food Day (especially here in Georgia)!
Encouraging folks to participate in Food Day has been a really cool part of my personal food journey, too. From talking to strangers at farmers markets to teaching second graders about seasonal produce and herbs to planning a farm dinner, this has totally increased my love for and commitment to educating others about local, sustainable, and healthy food.
Food Day is this Friday! So, how can you celebrate? Here are 9 fun ways:
- Check the Food Day events page for events in your area.
- Visit a local farm, pumpkin patch, or apple orchard.
- Host a healthy dinner party or potluck meal.
- Visit an area farmers market and buy something from a local farmer.
- Try a new fruit or vegetable.
- Get your kids to help you prepare a healthy meal.
- Eat a restaurant that sources food from local farmers or has their own garden.
- Watch a food documentary like Food, Inc. or A Place at the Table (hint: you can watch both for free if you have Amazon Prime).
- Register for the Food Day Thunder Clap, a simultaneous tweet on October 24th!
If you live in Georgia, Georgia Organics has an amazing resource call the Good Food Guide. They have a super helpful interactive local food guide online for finding farms, farmers markets, and restaurants, caterers, and grocers that source locally!
You can also read about Food Day from all of these other amazing people!
- Celebrate Food Day! by Kath, RD on Kath Eats Real Food
- When it Comes to Our Kids’ Diets, Let’s Get Real by Gillean Barkyoumb, MS, RDN on Food & Nutrition
- Celebrating Food Day 2014 by Barbara on Morning Berries
- Healthy Food for School Food Day by Sally posted on Real Mom Nutrition
- Food Day 2014 – join the fun in Mundelein and Chicago!!! by Lindsey Shifley on to the mullies…
- Happy Food Day (Week) from the Land of Chocolate and Fries by Janina Grabs on Food (Policy) For Thought
- Why Organic Matters by Andy Bellatti, MS RD posted on Eating Rules
- The True Cost of Your Food by Nancy Chen on Spoon University
- Teach Kids to Cook, Eat and Lead Healthier Lives by Katherine Baker on Spoon University
- Millennials May Be “Foodies” But Are They Food Illiterate? by Zoe Holland on Spoon University
- Arugula, Walnut, and Bleu Cheese Stuffed Portobellos and Food Day by Justin Fox Burks on The Chubby Vegetarian
- Food Day on Sankofa Speaks Blog
- It’s Food Day by National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
- The Future of Heritage Breeding by Eliza MacLean on Barnraiser
- 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Food Company by Lisa Curtis on Barnraiser
- 5 Reasons to Savor Specialty Coffee This Food Day by Mark Inman on Barnraiser
- The Future of School Gardens by Benjamin Eichorn on Barnraiser
- Food Day 2014: The Future of Food, collection edited by Barnraiser
- Waste Not, Want Not: How Ordinary Home Cooks Can Help Prevent World Hunger;Autumn’s Harvest and Food Day; Waste Not, Want Not Quick Health Saver Tip; Waste Not, Want Not: Quick Dessert Idea; Waste Not, Want Not: Reflections; Waste Not, Want Not Recipe: Ginger Cardamom Green Beans; Waste Not, Want Not: 5 Tricks for Cooking Not Tossing Bitter Foods by Mary Collette Rogers posted on Everyday Good Eating
- Scantily Clad Photos and Burgers by Denise the Dietitian on A Dietitian’s Diary: Finding a Healthy Balance