This festival profiles Sustainable, Organic, Local (SOL) food and its role in creating a brighter food future.
Last year’s inaugural festival brought over 5,000 people to the park to enjoy incredible food, educational workshops, fellow foodies and the SOL Food Chef Competition judged by Iron Chef Cat Cora.
This year’s festival will feature a variety of educational workshops including backyard poultry, food security, beer brewing and compost making, nutrition education and CALFresh food stamp information from the Foodbank to name a few. The wildly popular SOL Chef Competition will feature some of our regions most talented chefs cooking up a storm with food procured from the Santa Barbara Farmers Market. Also featured again in 2011 will be the kid-approved “Hungry Caterpillar” workshop and dozens of exhibitors representing the breadth and depth of the Santa Barbara County food world.
New this year to the SOL Food Festival:
Shutting Down the Street!: SOL Food will shut down Cota Street between Anacapa and Santa Barbara Street to connect the Farmers Market to the SOL Food Festival and create new exhibitor and educational spaces.
Local Food Artisans Tasting & Garden of Eatin’: This year you’ll have the ability to please the palate by taste testing some of the finest SOL food in the region. Our local food artisans will treat you to delicacies in a ‘tasting’ format to ensure that you can introduce yourself to as many tasty treats as possible. The Garden of Eatin is an opportunity to enjoy some of our favorite chefs cooking up seasonal farm fare in our sustainable, organic and local food court.
Wine & Beer Making: In our expanded beer and wine garden, regional experts will be offering workshops about beer making, history of beer, winemaking and more. We’ll also be offering an assortment of sustainable wine and beer offerings all created just miles from the festival grounds.
Save the Date: Santa Barbara Green Drinks to host a SOL Food benefit at the Lobero Theater on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 from 6-8pm. A series of other SOL Food benefits are also now in the planning stages.
Special thanks to our early sponsors: Santa Barbara Farmers Market, Isla Vista Food Coop, Cox, s’Cool Food Initiative, Cottage Hospital, and KTYD. Special thanks to the fiscal agent and partner of the SOL Food Festival, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.