Mac Farmstand to host Local Food Fest on October 7th at Mills Plaza

September 30, 2015 at 16:50 pm

On October 7th Mac Farmstand will host Local Food Fest, a one-day open-air event at Mills Plaza (in front of Mills Library) that aims to communicate the importance of local food to the McMaster Community and build a connection between attendees and their local food system.

Local Food Fest will include local food exhibitors, games, interactive activities, and the Farmstand Local Food Market. Community groups exhibiting at tables will include a local farmer, a grocery cooperative, a community garden, and an urban farm for those in need. The event will feature live music, including performances from several McMaster student musicians. The Student Wellness Centre will host pumpkin carving, including free pumpkins. There will be games and activities from other groups including MACgreen, Mac Bread Bin, and Mac Veggie Club.

"The goal of Local Food Fest is to encourage students and McMaster community members to strengthen their link with sustainable eating and get excited about local food," said Farmstand Director Jonathan Patterson. "We hope that students will use this opportunity to learn about their local food community, especially its environmental, economic, and health benefits."

Local Food Fest grew from a partnership between the SRA University Affairs Committee, Mac Bread Bin, and Mac Farmstand, which have run a smaller event called Local Food Day for the past few years. Local Food Day has seen steady increases in attendance, and Mac Farmstand has seen student demand double this year. As a result, the partners in Local Food Day decided to expand the event. The event is coordinated by Mac Farmstand and sponsored by Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) McMaster, the McMaster Alumni Association, and the Office of The President.

For more information, visit the event webpage.

Any questions can be directed to:

Jonathon Patterson
Mac Farmstand Director 
farmstand@msu.mcmaster.ca

 

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