The festival is a free family event that highlights sustainable, local, organic and wholesome (SLOW) food.
“In our fourth year, we are still running a very unique event. We bring people together from Snohomish County and beyond to showcase delicious, local, wholesome food,” said festival organizer Chris Hudyma. “Our intent is to foster a community that is passionate about real food. It’s a journey for people to rediscover that they can grow and cook their own food and that it can taste so much better than the processed food we so often eat in this country.”
Highlights of the festival include: educational presentations; cooking demonstrations; children’s story tent and book giveaways; hands-on kids’ cooking and kitchen skills station; and vendors consisting of local farms and businesses.
The Celebration of Food Festival promotes the following long-range goals:
- Increase community health and wellness by promoting access and utilization of SLOW food.
- Enhance the county’s ability to connect people and businesses that bring SLOW food to residents’ tables.
- Support farmers, farmers’ markets, businesses, non-profits and government in making Snohomish County a sustainable and economically viable place to live and work by providing Festival sponsors, vendors and presenters opportunities to promote their food-related endeavors.
- Educate and raise community awareness of the county’s rich agricultural heritage.
- Promote and demonstrate benefits of sustainable agriculture, locally grown and naturally prepared food.
- Further establish Snohomish County as a hub for regional food and foster tourism and economic vitality.
The Celebration of Food Festival is sponsored by Edmonds Community College and the City of Lynnwood with support by: Cedar Grove Compost, Central Market, Edmonds CC Campus Green Fund. Grow Northwest, PCC Natural Markets, Swedish Edmonds, Verdant Health Commission, and Whole Foods Market Lynnwood.
For more information about the Food Festival, visit www.edcc.edu/foodfest.