Archive | October, 2012

Celebrating Food Day all week long

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Last year, a group of leaders from around the country founded Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.  Many of us eat fresh, healthy food all year long and Food Day gives us an opportunity to raise awareness with others about the importance of a healthy diet, sustainable and organic farms and efforts to reduce hunger in America.

In true Austin style, area organizers decided one day wasn’t enough to show off our vibrant food community and instead have planned a week long set of festivities to highlight the real food efforts in our area.  You can start today by attending the Food Policy Board Community meeting and enjoy events all week long, ending with a happy hour with the Austin Grows group.

I’m disappointed that I’ll miss all of the fun, particularly the picnic at the SFC Triangle Farmers Market on Wednesday night, but work has me in Dallas this week so I’ll celebrate here at the Dallas Farmers Market on Wednesday.  You can find an event in your area or host your own event on the national Food Day website.

Monday, October 22nd, 6:00 pm

Food Policy Board Community Meeting

Come share your ideas about food and farming! The Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board (SFPB) invites you to voice your opinion on how to improve access to good food and strengthen our local food economy. Let’s talk about: food production ○ easy access to healthy food ○ resource preservation (land, water, soil) ○ community gardens ○ urban agriculture ○ nutrition education ○ food in schools and institutions.  Sign up to speak when you arrive.  Your input will help to create a stronger, better-fed community.

The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
1156 Hargrave St
Austin, TX 78702
CONTACT: Erin Flynn · 512-949-9831

Tuesday, October 23rd, 5:30 pm

Free Organic Urban Farm Tour

Tour an award-winning, certified organic farm just 8 miles east of downtown Austin. The co-founder of the farm will give you a behind-the-scenes look at this historic farm site that is home to 150 animals and five acres of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Explore the Big Red Barn (built in 1902), shop at the farm stand, then relax as the sun sets behind the windmill overlooking the Children’s Garden. Kids of all ages welcome.

Green Gate Farms’ mission has been to feed neighbors of all incomes since its founding eight years ago. In addition to weekly memberships, our farm stand is open three days a week, where we accept WIC/SNAP and Double Dollars. We also trade work for food. Our farm is a community-based farm where all are encouraged to volunteer, participate in our camps and on-farm classes, or just relax in a beautiful setting.

Green Gate Farms
8310 Canoga Ave
Austin, TX 78724
CONTACT: Erin Flynn · greengatefarms@gmail.com  · 512-484-2746

Wednesday, October 24th, 3:00-7:00 pm

Food Day Picnic at the SFC Farmer’s Market in the Triangle

Join the Sustainable Food Center and The Wine and Food Foundation for an afternoon picnic at the Farmer’s Market. Understanding the Food Day Principal of eating healthy and supporting local agriculture, we invite you to come on down to the Farmer’s Market, shop for a while and then join us for a picnic in the park. Guests may bring their own food, purchase prepared foods at the Farmer’s Market or visit one of the local restaurants for take out.

SFC Farmer’s Market at The Triangle
4600 Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
CONTACT: Marshall Jones · jones@winefoodfoundation.org

Friday, October 26, 2012, 5:30-7:30 pm

Austin Grows Happy Hour

Join Food Day organizers, The City of Austin Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Program and Austin Grows for a happy hour celebrating the end of Food Week.

Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden
79 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
CONTACT: Marshall Jones · jones@winefoodfoundation.org

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Texas Craft Brewers Festival

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photo by Jenna Noel

I started learning about craft beers what feels like a zillion years ago when I first poured for Celis Brewery at a beer festival down on 4th street when the warehouse district was just coming into its own. Pierre Celis himself instructed me on the fine qualities of his beer and how to serve it properly.  His passion for brewing was contagious and it was impossible not to fall in love with his fine brews.

Fast forward almost two decades (again, stop doing the math), and the craft beer scene in Texas is now a full on industry with big dogs like St. Arnold’s and Real Ale leading the way.  The brewers work together to promote their craft and create truly stellar beers. On Saturday, the Texas Craft Brewers host their annual festival at Fiesta Gardens where, for the low ticket price of $20, you can try beers from more than 25 breweries.  Now that’s a bargain.

For a little extra investment ($20), you can also participate in beer and food pairings.  I was first exposed to beer and food pairing at a Slow Food Austin workshop with (512) Brewing and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop. I was surprised how diverse the possibilities were when pairing beer with food, so much so that I explored it in an article this summer for Edible Austin.

I was lucky enough to be given a media ticket to the Beer and Chocolate pairing with Delysia Chocolatier on Saturday. Delysia’s founder Nicole Patel has so many unusual and playful flavors in her chocolates that I can’t wait to see what they’ve concocted for the pairings.

And, the best part of all is that all of this fun benefits a great cause, the Austin Sunshine Camps; sounds like a great excuse to come to the festival to me.  I’ll be pouring beer at the Twisted X booth from 2-5:30. Come by, say hi, and try my brother-in-law’s terrific beers.

See you at the festival!

Texas Craft Brewers Festival
Saturday, October 6th, 2:00-8:00 pm
Fiesta Gardens
2102 Jesse East Segovia St
Austin, TX 78702
Tickets: $20

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