Category Archives: Metro DC Events

Non-SFDC events that are in line with what SFDC believes in

Beer Drinking for a Cause

The Neighborhood Farm Initiative is having their Second Annual Homebrew Harvest! This fundraiser has a suggested donation of $10 at the door and helps support the great work the NFI does.

photo credit: Flickr user Mountain-top

Date: Sunday, October 23
Time: 3 to 6 PM

Location: American Ice Co
Street: 917 V. St NW
City: Washington, DC

Some of you may have joined Slow Food DC on one of our volunteer days working at the NFI’s urban farm near the Fort Totten Metro. To support the great work NFI does, why not stop by for a homebrew 101 workshop at 3pm, followed by a tasting at 4pm. To add to the fun of this event, they’ve structured it as a competition, with a number of categories up for local brewers to compete in. Generously hosted by the American Ice Co, you get to support a great cause, all while enjoying locally produced beer. They even list it as a Food Day activity!

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, a DC-based non-profit serving as an educational resource for adults and teenagers, working to engage in small-scale food production in Washington, DC. See for more info.

Mmm. Beer.


Fig Lovers Feast

One of the rare treasures of late summer is the arrival of fresh figs.  My Italian American grandmother kept three bushes of turkey figs in her garden in Pittsburgh, Pa.   I remember the ripe figs sticky with honey sweetness and always readily gobbled up fresh in the garden.
If you haven’t been so lucky to have such an experience, now is your chance!


Saturday, September 10th from 12:30pm to 5:00pm, Ticonderoga Farms will be hosting a Fig Lover’s Feast! The 5th generation, family-owned, family-run farm will be taking visitors on a hayride to the fig groves, and will be indulging us in fig-tastings and pairings, including special cooking demonstrations by Chef Vaughn Skaggs, and one pound of a variety of figs.
Slow Food members are encouraged to RSVP as we get $5 off the admission price of $35 dollars!
Here’s the Details
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011 Saturday, September 24, 2011 (rescheduled due to Irene)
Time: 12:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: 26469 Ticonderoga Rd., Chantilly, VA
Admission: $35 ($30 for Slow Food members – mention the announcement when you call)
RSVP: 703-327-4424
Rain Date: September 25, 2011

12:30 – check-in
1:00 – intro & overview
after: hayride to fig groves
Fig Tastings & Pairings:
Special cooking demonstration by Chef Vaughn Skaggs
Frey White, Red & Verde Champagne
Figalicious Pizza
Local Cheese & Cracker
Fig Recipes – Sorbet – Preserves
1 lb of complimentary figs
More information at Ticonderoga Farm
Also, don’t forget about our upcoming Snail of Approval awards! Details coming soon…

Sept 15: Do good while eating well at Brainfood’s annual Grill-off fundraiser

What could be more fun than watching teams of award-winning chefs, amateur grilling aficionados, and Brainfood program graduates compete for the Brainfood Skillet Award and the Brainfoodie Choice Award? Might I suggest enjoying cool drinks, tasty food, and a silent auction at the same time? Do good while eating well at Brainfood’s annual fundraiser.

Tickets are $75.00 per person for attendees. Or you can sign up as a competitor (costs vary depending on sponsorship level). More information and a link to purchase tickets can be found here.

To learn more about the impressive after-school youth cooking and mentoring program — featured in the summer 2011 “Community Development” issue of the hip, local Bittersweet Zine — check out Brainfood’s website.


June 23: City Blossoms’ 3rd Annual Proper Topper garden (and food) extravaganza!

It’s time for summer’s first garden celebration with City Blossoms….

Come join food lovers and community gardeners on Thursday, June 23 for City Blossoms’ 3rd Annual PROPER TOPPER Garden Fiesta. Friends, put on your best hats (homemade or store-bought) and enjoy an enchanting evening in the garden under the stars. The event will take place from 6:30-8:30pm at the garden at 11th & Harvard Streets, NW. Some highlights:

* Scrumptious delights from Chef James Forsythe of b Bistro (one of the Baltimore Sun’s top ten restaurants) & colorful cocktails

* A really juicy raffle (including dinner at top local restaurants, artwork & even personalized poems)

* A Proper Topper contest with best head-art winning a membership to the Marion Street Herb CSA

$15 donation, RSVP to or via facebook.

All proceeds support City Blossoms summer programming. Interested in offering a matching grant or donation? Contact us at

This event is made possible by support from: Beau Thai, Elizabeth Cross – Poet, Dody DiSanto – Massage Therapist, Joan Ganzevoort – Artist, Herban Lifestyles, Long View Gallery, Nora’s, Restaurant Eve, Seasonal Pantry, Skin Rejuvination Clinic, Sweet Green, Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods


Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Wine and Dine Event Returns for Third Year

On June 8-9, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History kicks off World Oceans Day with 2-days of events with leading ocean experts and DC and Gulf Region chefs to explore ocean health and preservation, sustainable seafood, and the Gulf region one year after the oil spill. The events culminate with a Wine & Dine Reception featuring fare from DC and Gulf Region chefs preparing sustainable seafood dishes and wines from members of the Rhone Rangers.

For more information, please visit



May 21: DC urban farm bike tour and workshops

Hello, DC food lovers. Did you know that there are folks growing food right in your own town? Ever wanted to learn about composting or where you might volunteer at an urban farm or community garden in our nation’s capital? Well, break out your bikes (and helmets, ahem) and come see for yourself during the (rescheduled, due to rain) DC Urban Farms Bike Tour, featuring tours of each space and workshops on farming/community gardening topics for interested community members. There will be five — yes, five — stops around the District. It’s going to be GREAT!

Here’s the schedule:

9:00am: Pray for sunshine….

1:00: meet at the Neighborhood Farm Initiative site @ Mamie D. Lee Community Garden
100 Gallatin Street, NE (near Fort Totten metro station)
1:00-1:45: Neighborhood Farm Initiative

1:45-2:30: Biking: head toward Washington Youth Garden
(The National Arboretum, enter through R Street near 24th St, NE)
2:30-3:15: Washington Youth Garden

3:15-3:45: Biking: hear toward The Farm at Walker Jones
New Jersey & K Street, NW
3:45-4:15: Walker Jones (w/ Vinnie Bevivino of Seed & Cycle)

4:15-4:30: Biking: head to City Blossoms’ Marion Street Intergenerational Garden
1517 Marion Street, NW (Shaw neighborhood)
4:30-5:00: Marion Street garden

5:00-5:15: head to Common Good City Farm
V Street, between 2nd and 4th Streets, NW (Ledroit Park)
5:15-5:45: Common Good

5:45: Biking: head to Big Bear Cafe
1700 1st Street, NW
6:00: Happy hour @ Big Bear (featuring Arcadia’s Farmer Mo with a word on the Greenhorns MidAtlantic chapter)


1. If you’re not a cyclist, all sites are relatively accessible by public transportation.

2. The sites will all have water, so bring your water bottles. I’m working on getting some snacks donated, but I’d advise those of you with similarly ravenous appetites to bring a little something to nibble on. And don’t forget your helmet and a sturdy bike lock.

3. Please RSVP to (or sign up directly on the event’s facebook page) so we know how many folks to expect.

4. This event is a make-up of the planned 16 April urban farm bike tour that was rained out.


Support “Eat Local First” week: July 9-16, 2011

From July 9 to 16, 2011, you can enjoy an array of events that celebrate the local food movement. From an urban foraging adventure, to vegan/raw non-cooking demonstrations and a rocking farm-to-street party, Think Local First DC aims to inspire restaurants and consumers to source food locally whenever possible.

July 9-16: Eat Local First Restaurant Week
Independent restaurants across DC will offer specials on dishes with ingredients sourced from local farms. Savor local meats, seafood, cheeses, breads, herbs, produce and other locally-grown products.

July 9: Tour of Arcadia: Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture

July 10: Local Lamb Roast at Local 16

July 14: Raw Non-Cook-Off at FRESHFARM Market by the White House

July 15: Eat from the Street-Urban Foraging Adventure

July 15: Edible Garden Tour

July 16: Farm-to-Street Block Party

Find out more and donate to the kickstarter campaign here.


DC foodies can be food educators on May 25….

Are you interested in child health, local food, and farm to school? Are you enthusiastic and enjoy working with kids? If so, the D.C. Farm to School Network invites you to volunteer during our upcoming Strawberries & Salad Greens event on May 25, 2011. Schools in Washington, DC will serve local berries and greens in their school meals on that day, and we’re looking for dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers to engage students in school cafeterias at “Where Food Comes From” educational tables.

For more information about the event itself, visit Learn more about volunteering at a “Where Foods Come From” table in a school in this Table Volunteer One-Pager. Still have questions? Read these Table Volunteer FAQ’s. If you’re interested in volunteering at a table, fill out this Table Volunteer Form. For more information about this volunteer opportunity, email Nora White at


‘Queen of the Sun’ to pollinate awareness of honeybee crisis

Director Taggart Siegel will introduce his award-winning  documentary ‘Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?’ at a special screening 7 PM May 10 in the Byrd Auditorium  at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). The event is co-sponsored by Fresh and Local CSA, a Shepherdstown biodynamic farm that advocates for the natural world, and The Locavore Project – WV, an initiative to raise awareness of area farms. The event is hosted by  NCTC’s Community Lecture series and was made possible through the Herculean efforts of NCTC’s Mark Madison.

Portland-based Taggart Siegel’s documentary is an in-depth investigation to discover the causes and solutions behind Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon where honeybees vanish from their hives, and never return. Queen of The Sun follows the voices and visions of beekeepers, philosophers, and scientists from around the world, struggling for the survival of the bees.

Queen of The Sun emphasizes the biodynamic and organic communities that have deep and profound insights into the long-term issues that have brought about the recent collapse.

Bees have provided humans with honey, wax and pollination for our food for over 10,000 years. Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist who, in 1923, predicted that within 100 years, “The mechanization of beekeeping and industrialization will eventually destroy beekeeping.”


“It’s not just honeybees that are affected by whatever is destroying hives, of course,” says Fresh and Local CSA farmer Logan Balliett. “Native pollinator’s, the ones that co-evolved with New World food plants are also dying out. Some 40% of our food supply requires pollination. This is getting serious.”


Queen of The Sun takes a journey around the world to uncover the compelling perspectives concerning the complex problems bees are facing such as malnutrition, pesticides, genetically modified crops, migratory beekeeping, parasites, pathogens, and lack of genetic diversity from excessive queen breeding.  The film elegantly finds practical solutions and discovers the deep link between bees survival and our own.

Beekeeper Gunther Hauk of Floyd Virginia calls the crisis, “More important even than global warming. We could call it Colony Collapse of the human being too.” Hauk also likes to say as often as possible “Steiner was right, Steiner was right!”

Recently, the U.N. released a study confirming that bee decline is a global issue. “Of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.” The head of the U.N. Environmental Programme warns. “The writing is on the wall. We have to do something to ensure pollination for future generations.”

Bees are the engines that keep the earth in bloom. Queen of The Sun presents the bee crisis as a global wake-up call and illuminates a growing movement of beekeepers, community activists and scientists who are committed to renewing a culture in balance with nature.


An independent filmmaker since the mid-1980’s, Taggart Siegel is best known as the director of the 2006 grass roots hit The Real Dirt on Farmer John. This critically acclaimed feature documentary about a maverick visionary farmer, won 31 international film festivals awards and was released theatrically around the world. Siegel is also known for his award-winning films The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America, Between Two Worlds and Blue Collar and Buddha, which capture the struggle of refugees in America. He is the co-founder of Collective Eye, Inc., a non-profit media production and distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco.

About the co-sponsors

More information on Fresh and Local CSA is at

More information on The Locavore Project – WV is at