Dear Shenandoah Valley Local Food Work Group members:

Friendly City Food Cooperative’s 3rd Annual Feb Fest

and Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Showcase

Friday, February 20, 2009, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.,

Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center, 620 Simms Ave., Harrisonburg, VA

As I mentioned at our meeting on Wednesday, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Shenandoah RC&D, and the Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter are partnering with the Friendly City Food Co-op to have a Local Food Showcase as part of the Food Co-op’s 3rd Annual February Fest. The event will be held at Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center in Harrisonburg on Friday, February 20 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

We are inviting local producers and food businesses to have displays, samples, and sales order information available as part of the Local Food Showcase. We anticipate having 20 to 25 displays. We would also invite producers and showcase participants to consider donating items for the silent auction that will be taking place that evening. Katrina Didot of A Bowl of Good will be working with a number of local growers and food businesses to prepare and cater food for several food stations.

At present, the Local Food Showcase will feature displays and samples from A Bowl of Good, Lucas Coffee Roasting, Glen Eco Farm, Green Haven Farm, Mountain View Farm Products, Portwood Gardens, Radical Roots Community Farm, Season’s Bounty Farm & CSA, , Shenandoah Farms Market, Shenandoah Valley Family Farms, Staff of Life Bread Co., Turkey Knob Apples, Valley Conservation Council, White Oak Lavender Farm, and others. We are still hoping to have more displays from local producers so please share this information with producers who you think would like to participate.

Featured musicians include: Scott Murray, Alex Albrect, and The Mountain Valley String Band.

The event has attracted between 400 and 500 people the last two years. Music will be available. The Friendly City Food Coop will provide an update on their efforts to start a full-service cooperative grocery store in the Downtown Harrisonburg area. Setup would begin around 5:00 PM. We will provide 6’ or 8’ display tables.

Who should attend the 3rd Annual February Fest and Local Food Showcase?

  • City and county residents interested in the local community, local agriculture, and the local food system
  • Farmers, food entrepreneurs, foodies, chefs and restauratuers,
  • Sustainable community group members
  • Community health advocates

It should be an evening of good food, good folks, good music, and good fun. I would welcome your participation in the showcase and would be glad to talk with producers who would like to participate in the Local Food Showcase. I have also attached a poster for the event for your reference.

Directions to the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center: From Court Square area in Harrisonburg, head north on Main St./US-11 for 0.6 miles. Turn right on E. Washington St. and go 0.2 miles. Turn right on Simms Ave. and the entrance of the Simms Center will be in front of you. The February Fest and Local Food Showcase will be located on the second floor of the building.

Best regards,

Eric

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Eric S. Bendfeldt

Area Specialist, Community Viability

Virginia Cooperative Extension

2322 Blue Stone Hills Drive, Suite 140

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

Phone: (540) 432-6029 Cell: (540) 383-5393

Fax: (540) 432-6251

Email: ebendfel@vt.edu

Serving the Northwest District counties of Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Clarke, Craig, Frederick, Highland, Page, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren.