By Mina Williams Herald writer
LYNNWOOD — Edmonds Community College is leading a charge to get good food to South Snohomish County residents.
The college is presenting, for the first time, the Celebration of Food Festival. The event, scheduled for May 20, is aimed at opening a community conversation about health, nutrition and the good taste that local foods bring to the table. The event is free to the public. It is being held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention Center.
“We want to do something within the community to introduce and support local food,” said Chris Hudyma, director of wellness and training at the college.
The Celebration of Food event dovetails with television celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day efforts, May 19. Oliver, an English chef and restaurateur, campaigns against the use of processed foods in schools. Through his outlets he strives to improve diets. He founded Food Revolution as a foundation aimed at fighting obesity through better food.
Edmonds Community College started a local Food Revolution chapter, one of 600 in the U.S.
“However, Food Festival is not issue-based,” Hudyma said. “We want to underscore that local food looks and tastes good. This event will bring people together who are passionate about delicious, local, wholesome food.”
At the inaugural event local growers and artisans will have displays and samples. Garden specialists will be on hand to help people learn how to grow their own food.
A Kid’s Corner will offer children’s activities with a food focus. The demonstration stage, staffed by Bastyr University students and Swedish/Edmonds hospital nutrition experts, will showcase easy preparation methods, healthful recipes and snack options.
“I hope that after the festival, people will continue to have a conversation of food,” Hudyma said. “I hope this will help people to make positive changes wherever their interests lead them.”
The Celebration of Food Festival is sponsored by Edmonds Community College, the city of Lynnwood, Verdant and Cascade Harvest Coalition.
Celebration of Food Festival
WHEN: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20
WHERE: Lynnwood Convention Center, 711 196th St. SW, Lynnwood