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Popular Food Day Festival to be Held in Savannah
According to multiple area news outlets this week, Savannah will be hosting one of the largest “Food Day” festivals in the entire nation. Food Day is a national organization and movement that is centered on the promotion of food programs that are sustainable, affordable and healthy.
The national date for Food Day is on October 24, yet the Food Day Festival will be celebrated here in Savannah on Saturday October 22. The festival will be hosted by the Savannah Chatham Food Policy Council and Well FED, groups which are comprised of local organizations who aim to improve the local food system and healthy living.
Festivities begin at 11a.m. and will run to 5p.m. at the Mother Matilda Beasley Park and it’s expected to be one of the largest Food Day gatherings in the entire country. Admission will be completely free and open to all public visitors. The entertainment will include free food, live music and numerous vender exhibits. The festival will also offer activities and workshops that are focused on keeping the public aware of healthy eating and living habits.
Participation is expected to be very high throughout the community of Savannah. There will be numerous nonprofit organizations in attendance as well as representatives from the city and multiple universities. Local restaurants, retail businesses and organizations will be in attendance within the vendors and exhibitors section. The festival is also working directly with Savannah area apartment associations, neighborhood committees and public officials in an effort to increase attendees.
Representatives of the event are expecting nearly 15,000 in attendance for the first annual Savannah location of the festival. Food Day has gained major sponsorships nationally with fruit brand Dole, who will be putting awareness messages on over 100 million bananas in the coming months. Other large events include a celebration in Union Square, New York City and an open house in Washington D.C. that will be focused on the government’s part in healthy living.
Nationwide, the festivities on October 24 will be led by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut. They have been assisted in the planning by a board of advisors full of major physicians, nutritionists, health experts and chefs. The events will vary from large gatherings such as the one taking place here in Savannah to small drives taking place at schools and houses of worship throughout the nation.
If you aren’t busy on October 22nd, take the time to come out to Mother Matilda Beasley Park and enjoy the atmosphere at the Food Day Festival in Savannah. With loads of entertainment, food and educational value, the event will be a good time from top to bottom.
By Paige Taylor