Slow Food First Coast Tour de Farm
Slow Food First Coast (SFFC) is pleased to announce the date of their bi-annual flagship event, the Tour de Farm. This year’s Tour will showcase more than 50 local farms, artisan food makers and chefs in the region on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from noon - 5 pm.
Tour de Farm is an event that celebrates local farms and local food and drink makers who maintain a commitment to good, clean, fair food for all. Visitors on the Tour will be given the opportunity to spend a day on-site at multiple local farms throughout Northeast Florida, meeting farmers, chefs and artisan makers. Participants will be invited to ask questions about food and farming and taste samples prepared by local chefs with local provisions. The Tour welcomes anyone with an interest in food production, farm operations, food sourcing and food advocacy to join the festivities.
“Tour de Farm is an event that highlights the importance of knowing one’s food and supporting the people who make it,” says Kyle McBride, SFFC Board Member and Tour Coordinator. “Good, clean, fair food is not only good for our own personal wellness, but it’s also a positive contributor to our local economy, the environment, and the health of our community.”
SFFC was established in 2007 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the connection between local food, strong farms and healthy communities on Florida’s First Coast. As the local chapter of an an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986, SFCC is a proud member of Slow Food USA and joins a global network of chapters in more than 160 countries worldwide who are working to transform the way we produce, consume and enjoy food.
“Getting local produce onto plates in Northeast Florida can be a challenge for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is a lack of consumer demand. Our hope is that every visitor who participates in the tour will leave with a better understanding of the value and importance of supporting local producers. So much so, that they will not only appreciate food grown locally and sustainably, but they will also begin to prioritize it when making decisions with regard to their daily food and drink,” explains Kurt D’Aurizio, SFCC Board Leader and Chef.
To participate in the 2017 Tour de Farm, visitors are required to purchase a one-day car pass, which grants access to every farm registered and open for the Tour. The Car Pass is $20.00. Proceeds benefit the advocacy work of Slow Food First Coast, and passes may be purchased at https://www.slowfoodfirstcoast.org/tour-de-farm/. Individuals with questions are encouraged to connect with Slow Food First Coast via social media at www.facebook.com/SlowFoodFirstCoast.