Food and Farm Fes­ti­val

ECHO’s an­nual event is a chance to ex­plore, learn, taste and ex­pe­ri­ence

RSWLiving - - In The Community -

For 28 years in a row, many have marked March as the month that ECHO’s Global Food and Farm Fes­ti­val takes place. This an­nual event has seen its share of re­peat vis­i­tors. “We are al­ways ex­cited when guests re­turn year af­ter year. It’s the most unique fes­ti­val in Lee County,” says Danielle Flood, com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for the North Fort My­ers­based ECHO, a global or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fer­ing sup­port to small-scale farm­ers world­wide.

At­ten­dees get a chance to see the 50acre Global Farm where seven set­tings rep­re­sent a va­ri­ety of world­wide cli­mate zones, such as mon­soon, low­lands and semi-arid. Plus, they can tour a trop­i­cal rain­for­est.

Gar­den­ers and grow­ers es­pe­cially en­joy the ed­u­ca­tional tour of the fruit tree ar­bore­tum that in­cludes ap­ple, ate­moya and avo­cado, among oth­ers. Those in­ter­ested in tech­nol­ogy and al­ter­na­tive en­er­gies can ap­pre­ci­ate the demon­stra­tions that take place in the An­der­son Ap­pro­pri­ate Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, where sim­ple tech­nolo­gies are shown to im­prove lives. Even food­ies al­ways have some­thing to look for­ward to—a chance to taste ex­otic food. This year, they can also en­joy a live on-stage cook­ing show led by Ex­ec­u­tive Chef David Rob­bins of Crave Culi­naire, a gourmet cater­ing com­pany in North Naples.

“Whether fes­ti­val­go­ers are pump­ing wa­ter through handmade pumps or learn­ing where rice comes from or plant­ing seeds, the Global Food and Farm Fes­ti­val is a great way for fam­i­lies to have fun and learn to­gether,” adds Flood.

FOR MORE INFO ECHO’s Global Food and Farm Fes­ti­val March 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tick­ets: ad­vance $5, day of event $7­ti­val

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.