The Hampstead Institute is in full swing growing food, teaching kids about healthy eating and hosting events at our farms. We recently hosted the first ever Eggstravaganza at our Hampstead Farm to celebrate the arrival of our new chickens. Iron Chef America winner Rob McDaniel was there and whipped up some delicious posole soup and salad featuring chicken and lettuce from Oakview Farms in Wetumpka. We were blessed with a perfect Saturday afternoon and had more than 300 kids and parents join in the fun. Students from the Montessori School at Hampstead will care for the eggs from our new chickens and the Institute will buy the eggs back from the students to supply our Community Supported Agriculture program.
The Eggstravaganza was just the beginning of our fun-filled year at the Hampstead Institute. We are busy getting ready for the Alabama All Star Food Festival that will take place May 12 in downtown Montgomery from 3 to 7 p.m. We’ll close Commerce Street across from the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa and invite some of the best chefs from around the state who will use ingredients from some of Alabama’s farmers, ranchers and fishermen to create a delicious taste of Alabama. Participating restaurants include Dreamland, Chris’ Hot Dogs, True, Wintzell’s, 360 Grille, Baumhower’s and many more.
In addition to chef demonstrations, we’ll have a “Future of Alabama Food” roundtable discussion. An All-Alabama Food Drive will support the Montgomery Area Food Bank and great local music will round out the day of fun and learning. Breweries and wineries such as Good People Brewing Company, Morgan Creek Vineyards and others from across the state will keep the party going till nightfall.
Check out the Alabama All Star Food Festival’s website for more information and to purchase tickets. All proceeds will support the Montgomery Area Food Bank, the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network and the Hampstead Institute.
About the Author
Edwin Marty is executive director of the Hampstead Institute, a community-based nonprofit organization in Montgomery dedicated to promoting, implementing and offering education about healthful, sustainable local food systems.
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