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Food Day event to promote sustainability, better food policies

By Gina Smith on 10/21/2013 08:46 AM TAGS: Food, blogwire, environment, sustainability, News, family, festival, north asheville tailgate market, family events, family fun, food policy,

Press release

This Saturday, residents of Asheville and surrounding areas can celebrate Food Day--the nationwide celebration and movement of healthy, affordable, sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies--with a family-friendly event at the North Asheville Tailgate Market. The market is open 8 a.m.-noon and located on the campus of UNC-Asheville.

The third annual Food Day will see thousands of events in all 50 states aimed at promoting healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. One special focus of Food Day 2013 will be to encourage children to cook--and to encourage adults who can cook to pass on their skills. All year round, Food Day is devoted to mobilizing support for policies that advance healthier diets, promote sustainable and organic agriculture, reduce hunger, reform factory farms, and support fair working conditions for food and farm workers.

Local growers are providing fresh ingredients for the Asheville Food Day event. Many of these growers will be part of the Food Day hourly farmer's market tour, so event attendees can learn about each farm, purchase produce and participate in discussions of the importance of sustainable agriculture. Other activities include sample recipe tasting, free recipes, cooking tips and a kids' corner with plenty of Food Day crafts.

"We are excited to provide the backdrop within our fall festival celebration for the Asheville Food Day to let people know about what local agriculture does for the community," said Shay Amber, North Asheville Tailgate Market director. "Food Day is not just a day-long event, but an opportunity to make a permanent change that supports a more sustainable and healthy future in our community and globally."

For more information, contact Lauren Brady, MS, RD, LDN local Food Day coordinator at 828-289-7086, lauren.brady@lr.edu or visit the official Food Day website www.FoodDay.org.

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