Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fun and Local Support - Next Weekend!

Looking for something fun to do next weekend? Do you live in the Southeast Michigan area? Look no further:

Come Celebrate Our Local Food & Community!

HomeGrown Festival

Saturday, September 13th 11am - 4 pm
Community High School Field, Kerrytown, Ann Arbor!

Savory Local Food prepared by local chefs!
Heirloom Tomato Tasting!
Cooking Demos!
Silent Auction!
Live Entertainment!
Kids' Activities!

Visit for more information!
Bring your Appetite! It's HomeGrown Festival Time!
New Ann Arbor event celebrates local food and community

On Saturday, September 13, visitors to Ann Arbor's first annual HomeGrown Festival will enjoy the sights, smells and flavors of fresh cuisine prepared by local chefs from locally grown food. They'll also have a chance to learn how buying locally-grown and sustainable products can contribute to a stronger community and healthier global environment. The Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community High School field across from the Farmers' Market in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown district.

Described as a "celebration of our local food and community," the Festival will showcase local food growers, chefs, and businesses along with food and fun for the whole family. Admission to the event is free, with tickets available for purchase on site for the various food tastings. In addition to fresh cuisine prepared by talented local chefs, the festival will offer local food cooking demonstrations where chefs and farmers will teach about the food that they prepare and produce - ranging from butternut squash and peaches to grass-fed buffalo. Special children's activities and various food related mini-workshops will include lessons on growing vegetables, and there will be live entertainment throughout the day.

"It's a chance for everyone to learn just how much great food is grown right here in our area, and discover how they can make a difference by supporting local food producers." says Erica Kempter, who chairs the HomeGrown Festival steering committee. "We hope everyone will gain a new appreciation for the health, economic and environmental benefits of buying local."

Plum Market of Ann Arbor is the principal sponsor of this year's HomeGrown Festival, with substantial backing by Bello Vino Market, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, Goetzcraft Printers Inc., and Natural Awakenings. The Sierra Club of Huron Valley and the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority are also actively supporting the event. Other sponsors include Ann Arbor Branch of the Woman's National Farm & Garden Association, Arbor Brewing Company, Eat Local Eat Natural, The People's Food Cooperative, Jackie Wright, Realtor with The Charles Reinhart Company, and Zingerman's Community of Businesses. Also sponsoring the event: Al Dente Pasta, Downtown Home and Garden, Brines Farm, Erica's Natural Gardening and FSEP (Food System Economic Partnership).

The Ecology Center, Food System Economic Partnership, Nature & Nurture LLC, People's Food Coop, Slow Food Huron Valley (SFHV) and Think Local First (TLF) have provided in-kind support.

And if that's not enough fun for one day, come join us here:

Harvest Hootenanny Fundraiser for Project Grow

Saturday September 13, 2008 from 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Zingerman's Roadhouse
2501 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103


Price: $18/ person in advance, $20 at the door - Buy Tickets
Support Project Grow Community Gardens and sample hometown cooking prepared by Roadhouse chefs! Food will include salsa, pesto, grilled salads, and stuffed veggies--all made from locally grown produce with many items coming from Project Grow’s Heirloom Garden. We’ll also have a sampling of various olive oils and Zingerman’s Creamery gelato.

Quench your thirst at our cash bar and listen to local musicians as we celebrate all the great stuff we’ve got growing right here in Southeast Michigan!

$18/person in advance, $20 at the door (tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Zingerman's Roadhouse, online at, or at the Project Grow table at the Homegrown fest earlier that same day).


Brittany | the Home Ground said...

Oh my gosh! This sounds so awesome. I wish I wasn't working... in Detroit. Have a ton of fun for me, Jen!

April said...

I still owe you an email, I know.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see you!

I owe you a phone call, once I settle down from canning all morning. I am still using the F word a lot :)

Goofball said...

wow sounds like a great event. I'd sure love it, but I fear I won't make it :(. Darn ...Post some pictures next week.

glamah16 said...

Sounds like fun. Enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be there...sounds like a wonderful day! Unfortunately I'll be in Baton ROuge, LA unless Ike decides to pay a visit!

Jen said...

Oh, Brittany, I'm sorry you'll be working in Detroit!

April - no worries on that, please! ;-)

Patti - good to catch up last night

Goofball - see, we have some festivals here, too. ;-)

Glamah - I'm sure I will

Hotmama - I hope it's a good trip to Baton Rouge and that Ike stays AWAY.

Núria said...

Wow girl! You sound so enthusiastic!!! I would love to live nearby and be able to come over!!!

Please tell us all about it and show some pictures too, will you?

Momisodes said...

This sounds wonderful! I would love to attend something like this near us :)

Betsy said...


I guess I'll have to settle for enjoying it vicariously through you! Have fun and bon appetit!

Jen said...

Nuria, I will do my best! I always forget to take pics. ;-) I wish I could take credit for the enthusiasm, too, but I posted press releases, just to get the word out.

Sandy, I think these things are becoming more and more common. I'm pretty excited by the "buy local" movement.

Betsy, I do, too! Wish you guys were back in Michigan!