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Cascadia Food Festival
October 5 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Slow Food Cascadia will host the first annual Cascadia Food Festival on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Vancouver, Washington. The event 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.
The event is fiscally sponsored by the Slow Food Southwest Washington chapter and is a partnership between the chapter, the Port of Vancouver, The Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute of Clark College, and the City of Vancouver. Slow Food Cascadia expects to welcome 2,000 food festival attendees, 250 food summit attendees, and 350 luau ticket holders.
Tickets can be purchased a-la-carte or as an all-inclusive package. Discounts for farmers, students, and groups are available. Tickets on sale at www.cascadiafoodfestival.org
“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 work.”
The Food and Cider Festival will take place at Old Apple Tree Park 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. 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” and and Chef michael Miyahara, who you can find on Instagram @food_saint. The luau will take place from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and is open to ticket-holders. The event will feature a raffle for an eco-gastronomic Hawaiian travel package!
Cascadia Food Festival echoes other Slow Food events across the globe. In July, Slow Food USA brought 30,000 people together for Slow Food Nations, its annual food festival in Denver, Colorado. Slow Food International hosts Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, a biannual Slow Food gathering of food leaders from around the world and a tasting salon that attracts more than a million people to the streets of Turin, Italy.
For more information, contact Warren Neth, firstname.lastname@example.org