The 3rd annual Florida Local Food Summit is a weekend gathering September 8th, 9th & 10th our state's top food and farming entrepreneurs, policy makers, chefs, foodies and local food fans. The Summit is your one stop shop for all things local food and farming. There will be farm tours, advanced education, farm-to-table meals, a Grower's Festival, home gardening classes and so much more. You aren't going to want to miss it!
Farm Tours for Farmers - FREE - Open to the Public
Thursday, September 8th, ALL DAY
The Kick-Off to the Florida Local Food Summit begins Thursday the 8th with farm tours throughout Central Florida. This is a chance for established and beginning farmers to come visit area farms and learn different methods and strategies of natural food production. The tours are free and open to the public. Click here for schedule.
Friday will be an educational gathering of local food producers, advocates, and community members. Workshops are tailored to advance the knowledge of what we can do and be as a local food system. This is a day for Florida’s top food and farming entrepreneurs, policy makers, chefs, foodies and local food fans come together and collaborate, learn, network and share in order strengthen our community and have a greater collective impact at a statewide level. Click here for schedule. Click here for tickets.
Keynote: Will Harris of White Oak Pastures, GA- FREE- Open to the Public
Friday, September 9th, 6:00pm, East End Market Courtyard
Will Harris is a fourth generation cattleman, who tends the same land that his great-grandfather settled in 1866. He made the audacious decision to return to the farming methods his great-grandfather had used 130 years before. Since Will has successfully implemented these changes, he has been recognized all over the world as a leader in humane animal husbandry and environmental sustainability. He is the immediate past President of the Board of Directors of Georgia Organics. Click here for White Oak Pastures website and Will Harris' Full Bio. Click here for directions to East End Market. Click here for full schedule.
Farm-to-fork Whole Hog or Vegan BBQ from Chefs Jes and Matt, craft beer deals at Local Roots, Houndstooth is serving Florida gator tacos and more, La Femme Du Fromage is serving Fresh Florida Mozzarella Caprese Salad with House Pesto and several other delicious small plate options. Gezellig Cookies will have a pop-up making Stroopwafels to order! $20 Summit BBQ Ticket is for 1 plate of whole hog bbq and sides. $15 for vegan BBQ option. Other items available for individual purchase. Click here for directions to East End Market. Click here to purchase tickets.
Gardening & Cooking Workshops - FREE- Open to the Public
Saturday, September 10th, 9:00am - 5:00pm, East End Market & Garden District
The Audubon Park Garden District will be hosting home-scale, organic fruit and vegetable growing classes, seasonal cooking demonstrations, and garden preservation workshops. The classes are free to attend and open to the public. Click here for directions to East End Market. Click here for schedule.
Fleet Farming Swarm Ride - FREE- Open to the Public
Saturday, September 10th, 8:00am - 9:30am, Leaves from the East End Market
Join Fleet Farming for a Swarm Ride though Audubon Park! We will be meeting on bikes and riding to some of our local "farmlettles" for some light maintenance work. On the plots, we will share tips and tricks on how to urban farm! This is a family-friendly event, but children must be supervised by an adult. If you do not have a bike, you can most likely rent one from the Juice Bike Share stand outside of East End Market before we head out. The ride will last an hour and a half, so bring a sun hat and some water to stay cool. After the Swarm Ride, please join us for our talk "Growing Food Not Lawns!". We can't wait to farm with you.
Garden District Grower’s Market - FREE- Open to the Public
Saturday, September 10th, 9:00am - 3:00pm, East End Market
Imagine a market that has everything you need to start your fall garden! September starts the fall season in Florida, so now is the perfect time to get your garden going after a hot summer. Come purchase starter plants, fruiting trees, soils, nutrients, and other needed supplies. Join us to start your best gardening year yet! Full details coming soon. Click here to apply to become a vendor. Click here for directions to East End Market.
Florida Food Policy Council Meeting
Sunday, September 11th, 12:00pm - 5:00pm, East End Market
Join us as the Florida Food Policy Council makes its way around the state laying the foundation of an active, diverse, and grassroots organization! Our next membership meeting will engage in meaningful conversation surrounding the strengths and challenges we face in Florida in regards to the food system, participate in identifying the council's purpose, mission and goals, and receive updates on committee activity since the last meeting. An annual membership is $25 (with discounts given to students and organizations) and meeting attendance is free to members.