Klickitat County Health Department and Gorge Grown Food Network are launching a series of events aimed at celebrating the first national Food Day in the Gorge.
The day, October 24, is coordinated nationally by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit that champions food labeling, nutrition, and food safety.
Food Day's overarching goal is to inspire Americans to "eat real," meaning a reduction in processed foods and more consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables. Food Day is also designed to celebrate and support the local farms and farmers that produce local, fresh healthy food for our communities.
In Klickitat County, events are happening in Trout Lake, White Salmon, Goldendale, and Klickitat. In Hood River County, an event is happening in downtown Hood River. Additionally, Gorge Grown is reaching out to volunteers in Wasco and Skamania counties to host events (details still forming).
These events will include a screening of the film "Nourish: Food + Community." This film is designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities.
October is also the first National Farm to School Month, coordinated nationally by the National Farm to School Network, and many of the Food Day events will also discuss farm to school efforts in the Gorge.
In addition to showing Nourish, events in Klickitat County will also include guest speakers and the option of participating in a fresh harvest exchange where gardeners can swap their backyard produce with other gardeners.
In Trout Lake, Nourish, will also be shown to students.
The Hood River event is themed on the idea that promoting safe, healthy foods can reduce diet-related disease, one of the Food Day principles. The film Nourish will be shown and guest speakers will include Lauren Fein, health educator for OSU Extension, and Kelly Chambers, registered dietician and diabetes expert from Providence Health and Services.
Additionally, local chef Lindsay Gott will conduct a cooking demonstration.
Gorge Grown will also be hosting a harvest exchange at this event for fresh harvests or for canned and preserved goods. Rules for exchanging preserved goods will apply to ensure food safety guidelines are followed: recipes must be tested and approved, all ingredients must be listed, and preparation times must be noted. OSU Extension can answer any questionsabout food safety the day of the event.
Klickitat County events:
Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Trout Lake Grange.
Friday, Oct. 21, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Cafe Drift at 202 Main St. Klickitat.
Monday, Oct. 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m., White Salmon Library.
Thursday, Oct. 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Goldendale Library.
For questions about events in Klickitat County contact Stephanie Horace at email@example.com or 493-6234.
For questions about events in Hood River County or to host events in Wasco, Sherman, or Skamania counties contact Michelle McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-490-6420.