The city of Savannah, Well FED Magazine and Whole Foods have teamed up to make this year's Savannah Food Day Festival bigger than ever.

Now in its third year, the festival is free and open to the public, and attendance is expected to exceed more than 10,000 guests.

The festival will take place Oct. 26 at Daffin Park and will host the founder of Food Day, Mike Jacobson. Mayor Edna Jackson will deliver the proclamation to Well FED and Jacobson at 2 p.m.

According to Rene Teran, publisher of Well FED Magazine, Food Day is "a part of a nationwide initiative started by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. They are credited for getting sugary sodas out of school vending machines, labeling for GMOs and other initiatives.

"They contacted the Savannah Chatham Food Policy Council, which I am a member of, and which has dozens of entities, including schools and nonprofits who work to affect policy in the city. That was three years ago and we've been doing it ever since."

Teran said the goal for Food Day is to educate people in the community about healthy, affordable and sustainable food and to celebrate the businesses and people in the community who already represent those ideas.

So how does Teran's group get people excited about healthy lifestyles?

"Every year, we try to book prominent bands and keep it free," Teran said. "And the entry point is also focused on children. We support the Play Streets initiative, which is focused around physical fitness events for kids.

"We will have a 50-foot synthetic ice skating rink ... and we will have the skates there, too. There are going to be bouncy houses, too. Coastal YMCA has really put a lot of effort into this event."

Teran also said the Bicycle Campaign will have several blocks of bike activities, rewards and valet services for those who ride their bikes to the event.

"We tried to think about how we can make this as fun and interesting as possible to the kids, and once they are drawn to the fun, they are exposed to the message through our vendors, exhibitors or workshops.

Teran and his team didn't forget about the adults, so they added more workshops to this year's event.

"We realized some people are already hip to the movement, so we added advanced courses. We will also have a special section just for pregnant or expectant or recent mothers.

"One way to look at it is Play Streets is tackling obesity through exercise, we are doing education/nutrition and now we are taking it a step further with mother classes so we can help before the child is even born."

The Food Day Festival seems to offer a little something for everyone - even if they don't want to change their lifestyle.

"For me, it's all about the entry points and providing this one-stop shop for whatever your curiosity might be," Teran said. " ... It's up to the public as to what they take away. Even if they just want to come out to the festival to hear the music and eat the food, they will still walk away with something, because even the food vendors have a message - they are locally sourced and healthy."

The festival will also host cooking classes.

"It's a joint effort between Savannah Food & Wine Festival and Virginia College," Teran said, "Featuring special guest chefs ... and recipes that are easy and inexpensive and use seasonal ingredients, which is important because if you buy in season, it benefits the environment and the food tastes better."

Teran said the gardening workshops are always well-attended and said awareness for gardening is important, with SNAP benefits being reduced and the fact that it's "more and more difficult for someone to put food on the table, let alone healthy food on the table, but it's not as hard as people think."

"The workshops are for anyone starting a garden with a wide array of backgrounds, from students with no space to people with land. We offer something for everyone from gardening 101 to ... advanced aquaponics."

And Teran said folks don't even need a place to grow.

"Savannah has community gardens people can learn about, too," Teran said. "It doesn't matter what your comfort level is. The festival is your one-stop shop."

IF YOU GO

What: Savannah Food Day

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26

Where: Daffin Park

Cost: Free

Info: www.wellfedsavannah.com/foodday

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

All day activities: Play Streets, Farmers' Market, exhibitors row, vendors market, food vendors, educational demos, cooking classes, kids' activities and free bicycle valet sponsored by Savannah Bicycle Campaign

11 a.m.: Festival begins, official welcome

11:30 a.m.: First workshops begin, live music by Basik Lee

12:30 p.m.: Second workshops begin, live music by The Accomplices

1:30 p.m.: Third workshops begin, live music by Eric Culberson Band

2:30 p.m.: Fourth workshops begin, live music by Cranford & Sons

3:30 p.m.: Last workshops begin, live music by Nickel Bag of Funk

4:30 p.m.: Live music by AWOL

CHILDREN'S EVENTS

Children's events include Savannah's Play Street initiative, offering free physical and educational kids' activities, with a bicycle course and games sponsored by Savannah Bicycle Campaign, local art activities from Desotorow Community Gallery, storytelling, 50-foot synthetic ice skating rink, the Farmers' Market scavenger hunt, the Coastal YMCA's healthy snack crafts, dodgeball, parachute, inflatables, tennis, Zumba, tag football, relay races and gymnastics, and live puppet shows by Angela Beasley's Puppet People.

EDUCATION, WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITS

Special education and exhibits include motherhood nutrition classes, cloth diaper demonstrations and nutritional educational games for kids, enclosed private tent exclusively for nursing mothers and diaper changes, healthy family exhibitors, breastfeeding workshops and cooking classes with guest chefs. Workshops include multi-level gardening classes, sustainable eating and homesteading classes. The full list of workshops can be found at www.wellfedsavannah.com/foodday.