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County Announces Sponsorship of Tom Yum Festival - April 13

Albemarle County is pleased to sponsor the upcoming Tom Yum community food and music festival that will take place at Charlottesville’s Farmers Market on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 8AM to 1PM as part of the Tom Tom Festival.  A morning of hands-on workshops, culinary demos, food talks, delicious local food and music, the Tom Yum festival will be a unique and fun, yet educational opportunity for the entire community.  In 2011, Forbes named the Charlottesville/Albemarle area the “locavore capital of the world.” The Tom Yum festival will help to further advance Albemarle’s County’s commitment to local agribusiness endeavors.   Local residents and visitors are encouraged to attend!

Some of the event’s highlights include:

  • WEED SALAD BAR: Pat McCafferty and his students from Mountaintop Montessori School will host an assembly-line style Weed Salad Bar lined with 10 varieties of edible weeds. Pat will also lead an Edible Weed Walk throughout the warehouse district in downtown Charlottesville. 

  • “BEYOND THE FLAVOR” with 4 Local Chefs: Sarah Cramer and Andrea Hubbell are the photographers and writers behind Beyond the Flavor, a food blog that captures the stories behind meals shared at the tables of local chefs, farmers, bakers, and food enthusiasts. Sarah and Andrea bring their blog to life by inviting 4 of their favorite Charlottesville chefs to cook live, sharing their recipes and techniques with the community. 

  • DIY URBAN FOOD GROWING: C’ville Foodscapes, a worker-owned cooperative business, transforms backyards, patios, and kitchens into food-producing gardens in and around Charlottesville. C’ville Foodscapes will lead a food talk about wildflowers and pollinators and conduct hands-on workshops on permaculture, salve and seed-bomb making, composting, and rainwater harvesting.         

  • VIRGINIA FOOD HERITAGE PROJECT (VFHP): The VFHP is a collaborative, community-based project that envisions a greater understanding and documentation of our food heritage to enhance regional sustainability and resilience. VFHP’s Interactive Food Heritage Portal gathers information through mapping, stories, and photographs to identify at-risk, threatened and endangered place-based heritage foods, seeds, agricultural sites, and food production areas in the Central Piedmont region.

More information about the festival can be found here:

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