Celebrate sustainable, organic and locally grown food at the SOL Food Festival at the Plaza de Vera Cruz in Santa Barbara on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival encourages the support of sustainable, organic and local farmers as these practices benefit the environment and the economy.
Attendees will have the chance to connect with local nonprofit organizations, engage in workshops and discussions, and enjoy well-balanced food and drink. The SOL (Seasonal, Organic and Local) Food Festival is meant to empower the Santa Barbara community to create a more healthful, sustainable and delicious food for themselves, their families and the entire community.
The purpose of the festival is to celebrate five years of food-focused community building and positive change. According to a press release issued by festival organizers, seven major pillars of the local food system stepped into Santa Barbara for the first time. Those were Edible SB Magazine, Whole Foods Market Santa Barbara, Nimita’s Cuisine, Ellwood Canyon Farms, Local Harvest Delivery, The Foodie Awards and SOL Food Festival.
Last year’s festival attracted more than 100 exhibitors and 5,000 people to the park for food and artisans, locally crafted beer and wine, children’s activities, farm animals, educational workshops, and a thriving community of fellow foodies. Live music will be presented on “The Oasis” Beer and Wine Garden stage throughout the day with a special networking opportunity in The Oasis Happy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m.
“What we’ve seen here in Santa Barbara over the last five years is a proactive, solutions-based
approach to some of the problems being identified by scholars researching Global Food Justice & Food Security,” Jonah Haas wrote in the press release. “In these times of big industrial agribusiness, the proliferation of GMOs, and lingering unexamined belief structures left over from The Green Revolution, Santa Barbara is emerging as a model for what’s possible. Santa Barbara County is arguably on the forefront of the seasonal, organic, local food movement
This year’s festival will feature three educational learning zones with a variety of educational and engaging workshops. The SOL Chef Competition will feature some of the region’s most talented chefs cooking up a storm with food procured from the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market. Experience the Hands On Kitchen where local chefs walk festival goers through the art of preparing fermented foods. Also featured again in 2014 will be the kidapproved Hungry Caterpillar Crawl passport program and dozens of exhibitors representing the breadth and depth of the Santa Barbara County food world. Finally, do not miss
our wildly popular Salad Eating Contest!
For more information about the festival, go to www.solfoodfestival.com.