The Santa Monica Farmers' Market is celebrating its 30th anniversary in partnership with FamilyFarmed.org, by launching the Good Food Festival and Conference later this month, September 14-18th. The multi-day festivities will showcase locally and sustainably produced food as well as innovative leaders from the good food movement. Participants in the conference include some of the region’s most distinguished farmers, chefs, artisan food producers, food visionaries, and food entrepreneurs. All five days of events will include a variety of speaker panels, chef demos, a food policy summit, a documentary film screening, and an extravagant “Localicious Gala” party on the ocean that will bring farm to table in the most decadent and delicious way possible.
Featuring 30 of LA’s top chefs paired with 30 market farmers, the “Localicious Gala” celebration will take place Friday evening at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Attenddees will get to taste the freshest and best of the season while enjoying live music all amongst an incredible oceanfront backdrop. Although the ticket price to get in may be a bit hefty, we suspect the food will be quite heavenly. On the other hand it should be noted that the Good Food Festival & Conference has a number of events that will wet the appetites of foodies, food advocates alike. The festival kicks off Wednesday during one of Santa Monica’s Weekly Farmers’ Market with a cooking demo followed by an evening of cinema at the Aero Theater featuring The Good Food Film Series. Thursday, September 15th looks at topics surrounding “Financing Farm to Fork,” while Friday features a food policy and public health summit.
On Saturday and Sunday of the festivities, September 17 and 18th respectively, there will be a two day festival at the Santa Monica High School where residents and visitors alike will be able t purchase read to eat food from exhibitors such as farmers, artisan food producers, restaurants, sustainable businesses, and food trucks that source all of their products from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Demonstrations will run throughout the day for those interested in seed starting, growing fruit trees, keeping backyard chickens, container gardening and bee keeping.