Central Louisiana’s 2nd Annual Foodapalooza This Month

FoodapaloozaRegister now for the biggest local foods event in Central Louisiana- the 2nd Annual Foodapalooza! You can register by following this link: https://foodapalooza2014.eventbrite.com. The daylong event will take place on Friday, February 21st, beginning in downtown Alexandria.

Foodapalooza is a special celebration of Central Louisiana’s local food and farms! The event features a variety of learning and resource sharing opportunities. A special keynote presentation will be given by representatives from the Indian Springs Farmers Association, a nationally renowned farmers cooperative with three-dozen members in Southern Mississippi. The co-op owns a $500,000 packing facility that enables them to box, market, and truck their produce to wholesale and retail buyers throughout North America.

The event also features other nationally-recognized workshop leaders including representatives from MarketUmbrella and the Department of Sustainability for the City of Temple, Texas. The daylong event is free of charge.

Foodapalooza begins with a morning Local Foods Summit, featuring presentations and skill-building workshops. Workshop topics are:

-How to Increase Your Profits at the Farmers Market
-How to Grow Your Farmers Market
-Building Bridges Between Divergent Groups of Citizens and Organizations: Strategies for Building Stronger Community-Based Foods Economies
-How to Identify and Best Fund Your Local Foods Project Into the Future
-Building a Container Garden
-Fresh is Best!: A Nutritional Look at the Health Benefits of Fresh Foods
-How Farmers Can Join Forces And Become More Profitable

Following the Local Foods Summit, Foodapalooza will feature locally-sourced menus at many of our region’s restaurants and afternoon local foods and farm activities. Learn more about the afternoon activities when you register here: https://foodapalooza2014.eventbrite.com.

Register for free for whichever part of Foodapalooza that you’d like to be a part of. We hope that you can join us all day on the 21st! The morning Local Food Summit will take place at the Hearn Stage and Kress Theater, located at 1102 3rd. Street in Downtown Alexandria.

For updated and more information on the venues participating in the tour and the Local Foods Summit schedule, visit the Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative facebook page: www.facebook.com/cenlalocalfoods. If you have more questions, please call 318-441-3424 or email jdean@cenla.org.