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Belly up for a blast at Savannah Food Day Festival


Belly up for a blast at Savannah Food Day Festival

26 Oct 2016

Lock up your microwave and toss out your Pop-Tarts, because the sixth annual Savannah Food Day Festival is returning to Daffin Park on Oct. 29. The popular event is the largest Food Day Festival in the nation and has drawn as many as 15,000 hungry attendees in the past.

“Food Day is about the celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food,” says Joanne Morton, director of operations for Massive Events (formerly Well FED Savannah). It’s also about “healthy eating, how to make food more acceptable to people, and encouraging to shop locally.”

The festival will host several workshops on a wide range of topics, including beekeeping, permaculture, composting, fermented foods, mushroom cultivation, backyard chickens, and food preservation. Many of the workshops are designed to encourage healthier eating habits and lifestyles at home.

“This year we’re more focused on helping families learn how to cook better or have peaceful homes because everyone is super stressed about things,” says Morton. “Everyone wants to have a healthier lifestyle, so I feel like these workshops show people easier ways to create the habits you want to create.”

Once you’ve gained some knowledge from the workshops you can stock up on local goods from the farmer’s market and myriad vendors on site including Brighter Day, Young Living Essential Oils, Belham Herbals, Sweetfield Leather, and Kleo’s Handcrafted Soaps. There will be beer available from Coastal Empire, Moon River, and Service Brewing, as well as kombucha on tap. The farmer’s market will also participate in an “Ask a Farmer” panel where you can learn more about locally produced food.

There is full day of entertainment lined up with the Train Wrecks, Xulu Prophet, Dale Worley and The Spirit I Am Band, Gino Fanelli, and The Indigos slated to provide terrific music. Angela Beasley’s Puppet People will charm children and families with three puppet shows.

The community is still reeling from Hurricane Matthew and the festival will address it in several ways. Since countless trees were destroyed during the storm, the Savannah Tree Foundation will be at the festival giving away 150 trees. Enmarket, sponsor of the Food Day Festival, will be giving away free lunches to first responders who bring their badge. Of Enmarket, Morton says, “We’re really thankful for their generous support. They’re really signing up on the long term as a sponsor.”

One positive effect of Hurricane Matthew is that it’s helped bring the community closer together. “I’m excited that Food Day is coming after the hurricane because we all have this shared experience now and when you have a shared experience, you can talk about that and then from there you can talk about whatever else you want to talk about,” says Morton.

Along with Food Day, Well Fed also organizes Savannah’s Earth Day festival. “I would want Food Day and Earth Day to be every day,” says Morton. “We should be thinking about this every day. There are so many great organizations and people who are helping, working to make this a more conscious topic.”



What: Sixth annual Savannah Food Day Festival

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29

Where: Daffin Park

Cost: Free