October 24, 2011
Today is Food Day across the nation as over 2,500 events have been or are being held from the Atlantic to Pacific and even across to other shores. Find out more at the National Food Day website
Saturday, Springfield Food Day Celebration
If we were leading edge, it wouldn’t be the Monday after that you’d be reading about how the day went, but rather you would have seen it on your phone as it happened and ended. So la vie, we’re not quite leading edge. But we are on the edge of satisfaction, after having been part of an event, we ourselves are most humbled to have been a part of.
This article in the I Love Springfield MO digital magazine had done a great job of describing what to expect, published just days before last Saturday’s shin dig.
This News-Leader article came out yesterday and is a nice article. I DID see one correction though, It wasn’t 3,500 pounds of chicken donated, rather it was approximately 750 pounds, which is a lot of chicken.
As it turns out, not an ounce of the Smart Chicken was wasted because the extra went to Victory Trade School which runs the restaurant Cook’s Kettle. In fact we want to thank the students and staff from Victory Trade School and Cook’s Kettle for doing an excellent job assisting us to serve the Smart Chicken Sandwiches and Quinoi Salad from Mama Jean’s (which was super yum).
So here’s the scoop. With very few snags on the day of the event, to include ideal weather and vendors mostly set up on time, and bands mostly playing on time, it was just one big party for the people and the people seemed to really like it.
Between 1500 and 1600 people took part in the festivities to celebrate sustainably produced foods and to learn about needed food reform. Nothing will impact people and planet as much as a reformed food industry.
Thanks still forthcoming to the many partners and sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers. We are well aware that we can do it better next year, but we still find ourselves in the glow of the First Annual Springfield Food Day Celebration.