LOCAL FOOD CONFERENCE
Feast Down East's Annual Local Food Conference brings together all those in our community who are involved in supporting and growing the local food system in Southeastern North Carolina. This includes farmers and fishermen, food retailers and establishments, foodies, advocates and community leaders. The purpose of the conference is to strengthen the activities of these groups and the relationships between them. Workshop topics include agricultural and gardening techniques, cooking demonstrations, and the policy work of local food councils.
This year's conference will be a two day, virtual event.
March 5-6th, 2021
Friday, March 5th - 12-4:30 pm
Saturday, March 6th - 10-2 pm
This year’s Local Food Conference will begin with opening remarks from Executive Director Cara Stretch as well as a presentation for the Agrarian Stewardship Awards, which honor a local chef, farmer, and community champion for their contributions to the local food movement. Participants will then enjoy a keynote presentation from chef, restaurateur, author, and NC native Vivian Howard. Two workshop sessions will follow with topics including farming and fishing, food justice, nutrition and health, and the local food movement. We close out Friday at 3:15 pm with a networking opportunity with Feast Down East staff, board members, sponsors, and speakers
The conference will resume on Saturday at 10 am with four more workshop sessions, each 45 minutes long. There will be a question and answer opportunity at the end of each session and a 15 minute break in between sessions. Wilmington chef Dean Neff will host a cooking demo at 12 pm. Local attendees have the option to purchase a lunch in addition to their ticket that features products from local farmers. Join Dean and cook your lunch with him! The conference will end at 2 pm after closing remarks.
Participants will walk away feeling excited and compelled to get involved with local food issues. Feast Down East is invested in supporting a collaborative approach to food systems. Work and topics are selected based on advocacy and collaborative action around local food issues.
115 S Dickerson St, Burgaw NC 28425