Savannahians got the opportunity to learn all about healthy and sustainable living during the city’s 7th annual Food Day on Saturday.
Held at Daffin Park, the outdoor festival is built around the idea of uniting communities around the common goal of improving food consumption, according to Joanne Morton, director of operations for the Savannah Food Day Festival.
“The purpose of this event is to educate and empower our community to be healthier,” she said. “We’re here to encourage sustainable lifestyles and also to kind of just get to know each other.”
Food Day is part of a nationally recognized movement. Both Food Day and Earth Day are initiatives of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and serve as awareness vehicles in local communities. The center was founded in 1971 to advocate for a healthier food system in the United States.
Saturday’s event, which was sponsored by Massive Events and Well Fed, featured live music, art activities, more than 20 free educational workshops and cooking demos from local chefs.
Booths from dozens of community partners lined the park on Victory Drive as attendees made their way through learning about available community resources.
“This event is definitely a local event,” Morton said. “It’s hosted by locals for locals. But of course everyone is invited.”
Workshop topics included beekeeping, herbal salt scrubs and face masks, mushrooms and composting; climate change and the paleo diet.
About 5,000 people attended the daylong event, including Cassandra Nicholson, a local farmer.
“It’s very important for us to get to know our neighbors in the community,” she said. “This event is a great opportunity for us to do that.”