Talk to passionate travelers and they will likely affirm that a great way to experience another culture is through the local food. Sharing a meal is a universal way we connect beyond language and cultural differences, both in our local communities and abroad. On April 5, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center will host their first Family Day of the year, FOOD FOR GOOD, a free family event in Seattle focused on food and nutrition and it’s open to the public. I’m pleased to partner with the Gates Foundation Visitor Center to support this event and help inspire families with kids of all ages learn about seasonal crops and good nutrition through storytelling, games, and art activities from local community organizations.
What I love for the #welltraveledfamily (and why I have chosen to partner with the Gates Visitor Center on this), is the opportunity to learn from Family Day: Food For Good organizations on global food and nutrition, such as 1000 Days, experience what others in the world eat and the importance of small scale farming from Heifer International, and taste traditional Tanzanian food recipes and spices from the Tanzanian Community. In addition, come play and learn about healthy and whole foods from Bastyr University, Beecher’s Flagship Foundation, Seattle Tilth, FareStart, CityFruit, Beecher’s Flagship Foundation, Bon Appétit and more.
If you are looking for FREE things to do with kids in Seattle on Saturday, April 5, 2014, grab a healthy breakfast and drop in anytime 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to discover how to grow, prepare, and enjoy healthy foods from around the world through fun activities, music and storytelling. I’ll be there so stop by and say hi! You can RSVP here for #Food4GoodSEA and add it to your family calendar!
Highlights of Food for Good day will include:
• Hands-on games and art activities that show how easy and exciting it can be to make a difference – one seed or book at a time
• Innovative tools and ideas that help farmers and families around the world
• Storytime with children’s book authors Katherine Pryor and Rick Swan who will lead kids in a discussion about gardening and the importance of trying new foods
• Discovering fun, family-friendly volunteer opportunities in your community
• Performance by Ocheami
• Sampling food from Tanzania and Ethiopia
• Learning local and global food facts from different community organizations
Who You’ll Find At Family Day:
Learn about global food and nutrition while sharing your story on what good nutrition means to you. Learn more at www.thousanddays.org.
Beacon Food Forest
Make seed balls for spring planting and get ready to cheer for your favorite worm at the Earthworm Races. Learn more atwww.beaconfoodforest.org.
Learn about whole foods with hands-on activities led by Bastyr University faculty and students. Learn more at www.bastyr.edu.
Beecher’s Flagship Foundation
Learn how to become a food detective and take home a spice pack and recipe for a wholesome, delicious vegetarian chili popular with kids. Learn more at www.flagshipfoundation.org
Discover how local food goes from the farm to the table and what it takes to continue to grow healthy food for our community and future generations. Learn more at www.bamco.com/timeline/
Learn about fruit that grows right in your backyard with a dried-fruit tasting game for kids! For more information and for volunteer opportunities, visit cityfruit.org
Sample kid-friendly healthy snacks. Learn more at www.farestart.org.
Green Plate Special
See where vegetables come from and taste a variety of delicious results. Learn more at www.greenplatespecial.org.
Experience what others in the world eat and the importance of small scale farming. Find out how you can help feed others around the world. Learn more at www.heifer.org/
Taste spinach through story with children’s book author Katherine Pryor who will read her picture book, “Sylvia’s Spinach,” and lead an optional spinach tasting. Learn more at www.katherinepryor.com.
Immerse yourself in West African culture through drumming, dance, games, and storytelling – Ghana-style. Learn more at www.ocheami.org.
Experience not just how vegetables grow, but how a community can grow from a garden with children’s author Rick Swann sharing from his book “Our School Garden!” Learn more at www.rickswann.com/
The Seattle Public Library
Find out about all the garden, food sustainability and cooking resources available through the library, including the upcoming Edible Gardening series. Learn more at www.spl.org.
Create your own newspaper pot and plant a seed to take home to nurture. Learn more at www.seattletilth.org.
Help the Lettuce Link program repackage bulk vegetable seeds into individual packets to pass out at food banks. Learn more at: www.solid-ground.org/
Taste traditional Tanzanian food while exploring recipes, spices and more.
Washington State Fair Traveling Farm
Experience farm fun with interactive learning activities, including matching farming tools to crops and sitting on a child-sized tractor. Learn more atwww.thefair.com/education/
Participate in hands-on activities to learn about foods from around the world and how to start your own plants from seeds. Learn more atwww.4h.wsu.edu.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center to support the upcoming Family Day event. As always, opinions expressed here are my own.