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Inaugural Keweenaw Food Day set for Oct. 24

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HOUGHTON - Eat Real. That’s the message for the inaugural Keweenaw Food Day, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 24 in downtown Houghton.

Food Day LogoThe event includes a free street-side cooking demo, the Keweenaw Eat Real Educational Market, a presentation of the film “Dirty Work, The Story of Elsie’s Farm” and Harvest Feast on Friday the 26th.

The Keweenaw Food Day is part of the national movement for Food Day, a celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

“This movement is vital to our future,” said Sara Salo, from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. “This event is a great educational opportunity for our community to learn about healthy food options. We hope to see families from all over the Keweenaw joining us.”

The Keweenaw Co-op, Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, Portage Health and the Portage Lake District Library partnered to make the inaugural Keweenaw Food Day possible. A full schedule of events is available below:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Street-side Cooking Demonstration – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join Portage Health Head Chef Mark Pittillo and the rest of the Portage Health nutrition services staff on the streets of downtown Houghton for some delicious homemade hot apple cider and homemade squash made from fresh, locally grown produce and learn how to make these same things in your home.

Keweenaw Eat Real Educational Market – 3 – 6 p.m.
The Keweenaw Eat Real Educational Market will be an interactive showcase of community food producers and distributors that features food samples, growing methods, food-preparation techniques, music, vendors and more. Come celebrate food and learn about food choices that lead to a healthier lifestyle. For more information contact Faye Carr at (906) 482-2030. The market will be in front of the Portage Lake District Library in downtown Houghton, and is made possible by the Portage Lake District Library, Keweenaw Co-op and the Western U.P. Health Department.

Film Presentation: “Dirty Work, The Story of Elsie’s Farm” – 6:30 p.m.
The film, hosted by the Portage Lake District Library and Keweenaw Co-op, is an engaging portrait of a couple, Don Roberts and Joni Cash, and their audacious, perhaps quixotic dream to take an old farm, invest it with new ideas and grow a community. For more information about the showing, contact Faye Carr at (906) 482-2030. Learn more at dirtyworkmovie.blogspot.com.

Friday, October 26, 2012
Harvest Feast – 6 – 10 p.m. – Brownstone Hall

Portage Health and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department are teaming up to finish Keweenaw Food Day with a hoot-hollering good time at Brownstone Hall in Atlantic Mine. The event will feature live music by Tom Katalin starting at 6 p.m., a delicious meal made mostly of locally grown produce, a costume contest and a DJ to finish the night. Entry is $10 plus 10 healthy non-perishable items. All proceeds go to the Western U.P. Food Bank. Register here, http://harvestfeast.eventbrite.com.

To keep up with all of the latest news from the inaugural Keweenaw Food Day visit facebook.com/keweenawfoodday.

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