Napa County will celebrate Food Day—the nationwide celebration that inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies—on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
The fifth annual Food Day, which will focus on greener diets as a way to address health and environmental issues, will kick off at the Napa Farmers’ Market (8 am-12:30 pm) with a health and wellness fair showcasing the importance of fresh, local and sustainable eating; local resources related to health and wellness; and information on sustainable farming.
The festivities will culminate in the evening at Napa Valley College from 4-7 pm. The event will begin with a Local Food Purveyor Fair, showcasing those who source regionally, sharing information about what they do to support healthy eating and our food system, and providing samples for guests to enjoy. At 5 pm, attendees will gather in the Little Theater for a special presentation by Darrin Nordahl, the author of Eating Appalachia and Public Produce. He has written for CNN, the Huffington Post, and Grist.org, and worked for municipal government for many years, planting public spaces with fruits and vegetables, and championing an ethic of fresh produce by the people, for the people. Darrin is a native of California, lived in the Heartland for six long winters, and has traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada, speaking to audiences on the joys (and benefits) of eating local food.
At 6 pm, a screening of the film, Ingredients, will be shown. At the focal point of the local food movement, and of this documentary, are the farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system. Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth, Ingredients is a journey that reveals the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities.