Food lovers can taste and learn to prepare meals using local products with help from celebrity chef Jim Coleman at the first Save Our Food Holiday Festival at Meadow Event Park in Caroline County on Dec. 12.
Coleman, host of the Flavors of America show on PBS and executive chef at Normandy Farm Hotel's Coleman Restaurant in Blue Bell, Pa., will share recipes and his passion for local foods during demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. "The average person doesn't realize that the food they eat probably traveled 2,500 miles before reaching a dinner plate," says Coleman. "I'm not doing this for political reasons. I'm doing this event because local food just tastes better."
The event, part of the Virginia Farm Bureau's Save Our Food Campaign, also will feature a holiday plant and décor show by Andre Viette of Viette Farm & Nursery in Fishersville, gingerbread-cookie decorating for children and an Iron Chef-style battle to create meals with regional ingredients. Tickets, available at the door, are $7 for adults, $5 for Farm Bureau members and free for those 18 and younger. For details, call 217–8102 or visit saveourfood.org .