5 Things Your Kids Will Love at @GoodFoodFestChi 0

Every March, hundreds of Good Food experts, including farmers, top chefs, bakers and small business owners, come together to help grow the Good Food movement. They present many opportunities to learn about (and snack on!) healthy, local food. Check out these five great events on Saturday March 26 that kids and adults will love.

1.  10:30-11:30am Coloring Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes

Kiva Shogren and Hailey Boudreau from Farmer’s Hen House will lead a DIY workshop highlighting a safe and natural way to dye Easter eggs. Check out the surprising variety of colors that can be created using only veggies, berries and spices!

2.  12:00-1:00pm Breadmaking with Heirloom Grains

Do you have an aspiring baker in the house? If so,  Ellen King, co-owner and head baker at Hewn, and Andrea Hazzard from Hazzard Free Farm will show you how to make bread from scratch with heirloom grains. Hand-mix, hand-shape and get hands-on with local bread!

3. 9:00am-4:00pm Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner

The Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner is jam packed each year with activities such as face painting, seed planting with the folks from Gardeneers, a scavenger hunt and a book corner featuring the Purple Asparagus Fruit & Vegetable Book Collection. What’s new this year? Kids will be creating fruits and vegetable prints with paint and leafy vegetable crayon rubbings.​

4. 12:15 – 1:00pm Pilot Light Chef Demo

A demonstration of the innovative Pilot Light food education project, an initiative in Chicago Public Schools, will be engrossing for children while providing grown‐ups with an opportunity to engage with three top Chicago chefs: Paul Kahan (One Off Hospitality Group), Josh Kulp and

Christine Cikowski (Honey Butter Fried Chicken). The chefs participating in Pilot Light create lessons that integrate education about food and its role in society into the schools’ overall curriculum.

5. 9:00am-4:00pm Good Food Marketplace

Every kid loves to explore – this year the Festival will feature over 150 exhibitors at the Good Food Marketplace, where you can shop, meet CSA farmers, learn about local foods and sample tasty snacks like popcorn, cheese or charcuterie. In addition, some of Chicago’s best eateries will serve delicious fare in the Good Food Court.

Be sure to check out all of the great programming at the 12th Annual Good Food Festival this year. Admission to the Good Food Festival includes DIY workshops in the Good Food Commons area.

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Hours: 10 a.m.‐5 p.m March 26. Admission: $10 online ($15 at the door); kids 12 and under are free.

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