The food fests just keep on coming: September 14 through 18 is the first Good Food Festival & Conference, sponsored by the Santa Monica Farmers Market, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and FamilyFarmed.org. The five-day event concludes with a weekend festival and street fair at Santa Monica High School (Go Vikings!). A number of top local chefs are involved, but the focus is squarely on artisan food producers, food entrepreneurs, local food systems and a food policy summit.
Local luminaries: Cooking demos include Sang Yoon, Evan Kleiman, Suzanne Goin, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, Ian Hall, Nancy Silverton and more.
Coolest events: Localicious Gala at the Annenberg Community Beach House (This one is $125)
Here's the details:
Wednesday, September 14
Chef Demo with Amelia Saltsman and Friends
10:00am - 1:00pm Santa Monica Farmers Market: Amelia Saltsman, author of The Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook, will kick off the Good Food Festival and Conference with cooking demos at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market, joined by friends Suzanne Goin (Lucques, AOC, Tavern), Roxanna Jullapat (Cook County), Lindy & Grundy, and farmers Jerry Rutiz, Mike Cirone and Marcie Jimenez.
The Harvest, Good Food Film Series
Aero Theater (1328 Montana Ave.) Wednesday, September 14 7:30pm - 10:00pm Tickets will be available at the event Screening of The Harvest/La Cosecha, a new documentary that provides an unvarnished view of child and migrant labor in the United States food system. Produced by Eva Longoria.
WPA Art Opening
Art Gallery on the campus of Santa Monica High School Thursday, September 15 6:30 - 7:30 pm Free, but reserve your place online
Rediscovered Gems: WPA Agricultural Art, an art exhibit featuring remarkable but rarely exhibited paintings created by Works Project Administration Artists during the 1930's.
Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School Thursday, September 15 7:30pm - 9:30pm Free
The celebration of the Santa Monica Farmers Market 30th Anniversary kicks off officially with this evening of market retrospective and discussion moderated by KCRW's "Good Food" host Evan Kleiman. Special guests include Kathleen Merrigan, USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Laura Avery, Santa Monica Farmers Market, Mayor Richard Bloom, City of Santa Monica, Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Mark Peel, Campanile, Amelia Saltsman, author of Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook, Will Allen, Father Greg Boyle and Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms.
Food Policy and Public Health Summit
Santa Monica College Friday, September 16 9:00am - 5:00pm $45
Admission includes "What's Working in School Food" and Good Food Trade Show. Scholarships & transportation available courtesy of The California Endowment and The Annenberg Foundation. Leaders come together for discussions about food, public health, and public policy. Speakers include Chipotle founder and CEO, Steve Ells; California Endowment CEO Dr. Robert Ross; Los Angeles Senior Advisor on Food Policy, Paula Daniels, and leading educators, policymakers, farmers, and Good Food advocates.
The day also includes the School Food Focus Showcase, to educate suppliers, health providers, and food service professionals in school districts about procurement practices and to link stakeholders with more healthful, regionally sourced and sustainably produced food.
Good Food Trade Show
Quad at Santa Monica College Friday, September 16 12pm - 5pm $45
Admission includes "What's Working in School Food" and Food Policy and Public Health Summit. Farms, food businesses, and distributors that offer Good Food will exhibit and meet with supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals, schools and other buyers of local and sustainable food to build buying relationships.
30 Years, 30 Chefs, 30 Farmers Celebrating 30 Years of the Santa Monica Farmers Market Annenberg Community Beach House Friday, September 16 7:30pm - 10:00pm $125
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Santa Monica Farmers Market at an outdoor beachfront gala featuring 30 of L.A.'s best chefs paired with 30 market farmers to taste signature dishes that showcase the freshest and best of the season. Enjoy craft brewed beers, local wines, a silent auction and 30-course grazing menu at the beautiful Annenberg Community Beach House.
Festival and Street Fair
Santa Monica High School (601 Pico Blvd. -Entrance on 4th St)
Saturday and Sunday September 17 - 18 Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm $10
Admission includes "Chefs at Play," "Good Food For Thought Speaker Series" and "Grow Your Own" workshops.
Sample farm fresh food from farmers, artisan food producers, restaurants and the most earth friendly food trucks in town. Discover how to raise backyard chickens, grow your own vegetable garden, make homemade jams & pickles, watch expert bakers and chefs whip up seasonal delights and much, much more during our "Grow Your Own" and "Master Food Preservers" workshops.
Saturday, September 17
10:30am - 11:30am Sang Yoon (Father's Office, Lukshon) & Evan Kleiman (Angeli Caffe) 12:00pm - 1:00pm Sherry Yard & Eric Greenspan (Spago) 1:30pm - 2:30pm Mark Peel (Campanile) 3:00pm - 4:00pm Suzanne Goin (AOC, Lucques, Tavern)
Sunday, September 18
10:30am - 11:30am Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill) 12:00pm - 1:00pm CJ Jacobson (The Yard) and Ilan Hall (The Gorbals) 1:30pm - 2:30pm Nancy Silverton (Mozza) 3:00pm - 4:00pm Ann Gentry (Real Food Daily)