The first annual Cascadia Food Festival will include a food and cider festival, a summit for regional food leaders, and an evening luau, all centered around the unique flavors of the Cascadia region and will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019.
“The Cascadia Food Festival is the perfect place for the public and food producers to come together to sample the foods that make this place taste like home. And it’s a great way to explore the deep food connections that tie us together,” says Warren Neth, Slow Food Cascadia Event Director. “Celebrating the Cascadia food system is delicious
If you are in the food industry, like food, or just eat food, this is the event for you. The Cascadia Food Festival is designed to draw in food movement leaders such as farmers, producers, active Slow Food members, organizational partners, chefs and more. This annual event will serve as a fundraiser for Urban Abundance – an organization that saves local produce that would normally go to waste and giving back by getting fresh produce into the Clark County Food Bank.
The Food and Cider Festival will take place at Old Apple Tree Park (112 S.E. Columbia Way) and includes a Taste Marketplace with food samples, a Cider Pressing Station where attendees can bring their own apples to press and a Hard Cider Garden (paid entry) that will highlight Cascadia’s top cider makers. There will also be craft and food vendors and live music. The festival is free and will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Slow Food Summit will bring food experts, activists, producers, chefs, and community leaders together to learn about regional food connections. The event will include a salmon and wine tasting. The summit will run from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Historic Hangar – Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (1115 E 5th St) and is limited to pre-paid registrants.
To honor the cultural history of the Hawaiian community in Vancouver, the day ends with a Cascadian Luau that merges the bounty of Cascadia with Hawaiian fare. The menu features lomi-lomi – a traditional side dish that incorporates salmon – roasted pig, and small plates created by Tommy O’s, a Vancouver restaurant specializing in the flavors of the “Pacific Ring of Fire”. The luau will take place from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Historic Hangar – Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (1115 E 5th St) and is open to ticket-holders. The event will feature a raffle for an eco-gastronomic Hawaiian travel package!
“Cascadia Food Festival presented by Slow Food Cascadia is a fantastic opportunity for all of us to learn more about the foods of this region, taste new things (and old favorites), and explore the many ways we’re connected to each other and the land through the ingredients that originate right here.” – Jennifer Crain, co-leader of Slow Food Greater Olympia
Farmers and students receive 30% off to Slow Food Summit and Cascadian Luau. Contact [email protected] to receive your discount code.