Second annual Celebration of Food Festival at Lynnwood Convention Center May 19

More than 1,500 people attended the Celebration of Food Festival in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Edmonds Community College)
More than 1,500 people attended the Celebration of Food Festival in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Edmonds Community College)

Food Revolution Snohomish County, a movement aimed at encouraging growing, cooking, preserving, and eating real and healthy food, for the second year is bringing the free Celebration of Food Festival to the Lynnwood Convention Center from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, May 19.

“This event brings together people who are passionate about delicious, local, wholesome food,” said organizer Chris Hudyma. “Farmers, ranchers, culinary professionals, youth, students, and business owners will offer activities to inspire the enjoyment of real food.”

New this year:

– Expanded children’s activities from the Pacific Science Center, Imagine Children’s Museum, and Edmonds Community College STEM (science, technology and math) programs
– Children’s story tent;
– Kids’ food demo station
– Nine presentations on topics ranging from “Understanding GMO Labeling” to “Converting Your Lawn into a Bountiful Garden”

The Celebration of Food Festival is sponsored by Central Market, City of Lynnwood, Edmonds Community College and the college’s Green Campus Fund, Grow Northwest, PCC Natural Markets, Swedish Edmonds, Verdant Health Commission, Whole Foods Markets, and the Cascade Harvest Coalition.

The event will include free food samples, food demonstrations for children and adults, displays, and items for purchase.

Fifty vendors, with products ranging from cheese to vegetables to chocolate, are confirmed for the event. They include Taylor Shellfish, Theo Chocolate, Volio Olive Oil, Snoqualmie Ice Cream, Blue Stilly Coffee, Golden Glen Creamery, and Cats Paws Bees.

Farms from throughout Snohomish County will be represented, including: Garden Treasures Organic Farm of Arlington, Klesick Family Farm of Stanwood, Willie Green’s Organic Farm of Monroe, Mother Nature’s Organics of Lake Stevens, and Pioneer Farm of Stanwood. Also represented are the farmer’s markets of Everett, Mukilteo, and Snohomish.

There will also be displays and information offered by farm and garden professionals, including WSU Snohomish County Extension and Seattle Tilth, to show the benefits of growing your own food. Resources will be available to help both children and adults learn about growing, cooking, and preserving food.

The Convention Center is located at 3711 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood. For more information, email foodrevsnoco@edcc.edu, go to www.edcc.edu/foodfest, or connect with Food Revolution Snohomish County on Facebook.

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