Have you heard about the Food Revolution going on? Food Revolution Day on May 19th is a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources, to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world’s food issues. All around the globe, people will work together to make a difference. Food Revolution Day is about connecting with your community through events at schools, restaurants, local businesses, dinner parties and farmers' markets. The goal is to inspire change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food and education for everyone. This Saturday, you can take part in this global effort to challenge everyone to reconsider how and what they eat.
Worldwide, obesity has more than doubled since 1980. For the first time in history, being overweight is killing more people than being underweight, and at least 2.8 million adults around the world die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. We need to get back to basics and start thinking about where our food comes from. We need to become a conscious community and understand the food choices we make on a daily basis. This can be done by improving food education.
Encouraging people to cook from scratch at home is at the heart of this Food Revolution. Making simple changes to our food choices will improve our quality of life and our children’s. Forty-two million children under five are already obese and this needs to be reversed. So let’s make some noise, raise our voices together and have a lasting and positive impact on their lives and ours. Food Revolution Day is our opportunity to get the world to focus on food issues and rally efforts to bring food education back into schools.
Spearheaded by the adorable Jamie Oliver, Food Revolution Day is going to take place worldwide in kitchens, homes and communities. In dining rooms, in restaurants and gardens, and right here in our very own city. Check out the local events happening this Saturday and take part of the Food Revolution!
All events are FREE and open to the public!
9am – 1pm at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market:
- For Kids: “Market Hunt” and Basil Planting. The “market hunt” discovery sheet features clues and questions about the types of products and farms represented at the market. Volunteers from the Saratoga Springs Public Library will offer hands-in-the-dirt basil seed planting, with each child taking home planted basil seeds to grow over the summer.
- For Adults: Shop, Ask & Learn: Information from a variety of local groups and programs, including staff from Slow Food Saratoga Region (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.); Eat Smart NY, a nutrition education program for eligible families; and WSWHE BOCES’ summer Culinary Arts Program for youth in grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.
12 – 3pm at Four Seasons Natural Foods: Healthy food samples. Try some new foods and ingredients.
2pm at Saratoga Springs Public Library Meet the Experts: Food & Farms Panel Discussion. A discussion on local food issues, with information tables and food samples. The panel includes:
- Local farms: Denison Farm, Kilpatrick Family Farm, and Quincy Farm – All three farms sell at local farmers’ markets and via CSA (community-supported agriculture) arrangements.
- Cornell Cooperative Extension – CCE offers food preservation and nutrition classes, including Eat Smart NY, a free nutrition education program for eligible families. 885-8995; ccesaratoga.org
- From Scratch Club – This regional food blogging group hosts food swaps in Troy, Saratoga, and Schenectady; runs an online book club; and offers the FSC Academy of food demonstration classes.
- Saratoga Springs Community Garden at Wesley – This new community garden will provide space for both experienced and new gardeners to grow their own food and flowers.
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at 9 Miles East Farm, 136 Goff Road, Schuylerville: Farm Tour and Planting Party for Kids (weather permitting) Each child will have a chance to help seed a row of spinach, then transplant a lettuce or cabbage plant. Limited to 10 participants; advance reservations required: 695-4158.
4 p.m. at Saratoga Olive Oil 484 Broadway in Saratoga Springs: Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Overview & Tasting. Discover the incredible variety, different levels of quality, and tasting tips in a short overview, and then explore the store.
All day at Saratoga YMCA 290 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs: How Much Sugar is in My Drink?
A large sugar-cube sculpture built by kids will be on display at the Saratoga Regional YMCA’s front-lobby cafe, to demonstrate the amount of sugar in popular beverages. In the week leading up to Food Revolution Day, YMCA staff will be working with 250 kids in the Before- and After-School Enrichment (BASE) program to raise awareness of the amount of sugar in some of the kids’ favorite drinks. The children will use sugar cubes to represent the grams of sugar in each beverage, while learning about nutrition labels and the impact of portion size. The 100 children at the West Ave facility will use their sugar cubes to construct a large “sugar-Y” sculpture to be put on display, accompanied by a video showing the kids at work with this project.
Get tips to make healthy changes in the foods you eat at home, work, and school:
Saratoga’s Food Revolution Day 2012 events are generously offered by the above community organizations, farms, and businesses, with PR and marketing assistance from Deborah Miles Czech | Miles Ahead Communications | www.milesaheadusa.com | 518.581.0435