Slow Food DC is proud to be a part of Eat Local First DC, a weeklong celebration of local food, including our local farms, restaurants, chefs and independent retailers. There will be wide variety of events – like a garden tour, film screening, and food industry panel – in addition to happy hours and parties. Things kick off Saturday, 7/14, with a party at Acre 121 featuring local music from Listen Local First and local BBQ and beer.
The focus of this year’s Eat Local First DC will be on local farms and restaurants and the organizations and people that are making locally-grown food more accessible in DC. Throughout the week, you’ll be able to dine at restaurants participating in Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week. On Thursday, 7/19, Slow Food DC is hosting a happy hour for our Snail of Approval awards, which recognize local eateries and artisans for their commitment to quality, sustainable food and the preservation of food traditions and craftsmanship. The event is at Ripple, a 2011 honoree.
Slow Food DC is helping to organize a garden tour on Tuesday, 7/17 that will highlight the work of DC residents who have created sustainable and edible gardens in the historic heart of the city. Then on Saturday, 7/21, we’ll be out celebrating local food at the Farm-to-Street Party – look for our table. You’ll be able to enjoy delicious dishes made with local ingredients, drink local craft beer and wine, shop local retailers and take craft food classes. Listen Local First is providing music from local artists.
There will be a special focus this year on the emerging culinary entrepreneurs who are growing the local restaurant economy in DC. The Femivore Award winner will be decided at an event on Monday, 7/16. The award recognizes women in the local food movement and will provide $1,000 for the winner’s local food project. Additionally, there will be two all-star panels (details here and here) on the local food economy.
You can read about all the upcoming events on the Eat Local First DC website. We hope you’ll come!
Beat the heat with this hands-on ice cream event. The group will participate in crafting a unique flavor, which you’ll get to nominate with the purchase of your ticket. The most creative one will be selected and made during the event. You’ll learn about the artisanal ice cream process and how to discern the quality of ice cream. Best of all, you will get to take a pint home and our group’s flavor will be featured at the Silver Spring shop.
Moorenko’s Ice Cream was founded in 2002, inspired by ice cream that owner Susan Soorenko and her sons tasted on vacation. Determined to create ice cream that would stand apart from the rest, Soorenko attended Ice Cream University and has studied ice cream making in Italy and France. Moorenko’s ice creams and sorbets are ultra-premium, all natural, and built from the bottom up. The woman-owned company creates unique flavors for sophisticated palates as well as the all-time favorites.
Date: Sunday, July 15
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Location: 8810 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, 20910 MD
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Space is limited, and you must buy a ticket in advance.
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Join journalist, chef and nutrition researcher Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions, for a tour of her historic farm, the P.A. Bowen Farmstead in Brandywine, MD.
She’ll lead us on a tour of the farm and discuss her passion for cheese making. Then we’ll talk with Sally over a delicious lunch of cheese, charcuterie and bread (bring a drink).
Sally Fallon Morell and her husband Geoffrey Morell hope that their farm can serve as a model for other farms, inspiring farmers — both established and new — to produce an abundance of naturally raised foods and bring prosperity to Southern Maryland and to farming communities throughout the U.S.
Date: Saturday, June 23
Time: 11 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 15701 Dr Bowen Road, Brandywine, MD (about 50 miles from DC)
Tickets are $25 for SFDC members and $30 for non-members (includes lunch). Purchase through Eventbrite
Space is limited. Buy in advance. Email email@example.com for more info.
Join us for a tour of farms, historical sites and natural areas within the Montgomery County Agriculture Reserve, led by the Montgomery Countryside Alliance, and then have lunch al fresco at Rocklands Farm.
The Ag Reserve is the nation’s most successful farmland protection effort: 577 farms and 350 horticultural enterprises call the county home and agriculture is the second largest driver of the county economy. Many of the Ag Reserve’s farms have been in the same family for generations, and more recently new farmers have taken to the land to grow crops to meet the growing demand for local food. Montgomery Countryside Alliance has been working for the past decade to maintain the Ag Reserve as a working landscape in the face of huge development pressures and makes it easier for farmers to get started and expand their operations.
Snail of Approval winner Rocklands Farm will provide lunch by their stream, including their farm-raised burgers and a fresh salad.
Date: Saturday, June 9th
Time: 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM
Location: The tour will begin between 10 and 10:30 at the Poole’s General Store in Poolesville, MD and go from there.
Tickets are $15 (includes lunch). Space is limited. Buy in advance. Email sarah at slowfooddc.org for more info.