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Philly Homegrown Guide To Food Day

Philadelphia’s 2-week long celebration of National Food Day begins tomorrow, October 15th. With over 80 events occurring across the region, below is a quick roundup of events, but be sure to check out the full calendar where you can sort events by date or event type.

Philadelphia Food Day Kick-Off Event
Hunting Park Fall Festival & Community Garden Dedication
Saturday, October 15th, 10AM to 4PM
Hunting Park Avenue and Old York Road
Cost: Free to attend, Pay-As-You-Go

Kick-Off Philadelphia Food Day and join Mayor Michael Nutter and the Fairmount Park Conservancy as they dedicate Hunting Park’s new 11,000 square foot community garden. The dedication will take place at 11AM followed by a procession, led by the Vicious Victory drill team and drum line, to the on-site farmer’s market for family-oriented activities including dance demonstrations, games, a sports station with the Hunting Park Aztecs football team, music and more.

Taste Local! Pairing Dinner
October 20, 6PM to 8PM
Healthy Bites To-Go, 2521 Christian St., Philadelphia
Cost: $55/person

An Oktoberfest-themed, four-course beer pairing dinner will be prepared by Katie Cavuto Boyle, Owner and Executive Chef of Healthy Bites To-Go, and Corey Krejcik, Founder of Rolling Barrel Events. To purchase tickets, visit the Healthy Bites Events page.

Why the Farm Bill Matters With Get Healthy Philly
Monday, October 24, 4:00PM to 7:00PM
The Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia
Cost: Free

If you eat food, then you are directly affected by the federal Farm Bill! This far-reaching legislation, which began during the Great Depression and created a safety net for struggling farmers, has since expanded to directly and indirectly impact what types of food are grown, how food is grown, and how much food costs. Get Healthy Philly will explore how food policy affects access to affordable, healthy foods and the overall health of our communities through an interactive presentation and panel discussion.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society – Food Day at the Pops-Up Garden
Monday, October 24, 11:00AM to 2:00PM
20th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: Free

The Pennsylvania Horticultral Society will close out their wildly popular PHS Pops-Up Garden on October 24th, bringing their chef and community partners together for a last garden hurrah. Visitors to the garden will be treated to a free tasting of dishes from partner chefs and restaurants as well as a variety of fun garden activities.

Fork Restaurant’s Seeds for Learning Dinner
October 24, 5:30PM to 10:30PM
306 Market St., Philadelphia
Cost: $45/person

Seeds for Learning (SFL), the school-based farm program located at Martin Luther King High School, educates students on environmentally friendly agricultural practices and food security in order to increase access to healthy food. Fork will offer a 3-course dinner will benefit and feature produce from SFL’s farm. To make a reservation, call Fork at 215.625.9425.

The Food Trust’s October Fresh
Wednesday, October 26, 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Maria’s Grocery, 5th and Cambria Streets, Philadelphia
Cost: Free to attend, pay-as-you-go

Snackin’ Fresh is the youth component of The Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative, increases healthy food options in corner stores. Snackin’ Fresh youth from nearby schools will sell youth-grown vegetables, talk to customers about their leadership crews and eating healthy, and will give away prizes for participating in healthy snack-themed games and trivia questions.

Fair Food’s This Little Piggy Went To Market
Monday, October 26, 6PM to 8:30PM
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free

As consumers learn the facts about America’s industrialized meat production system, they increasingly seek humane, local alternatives for their meat supply. Join Fair Food and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture at their Town Square meeting to learn about accessing local meat that has been produced in a responsible, humane and sustainable way.