The heat of the summer is fading into the background and fall festival season is in full swing. One of my favorites every year is the Field of Greens Festival which is back again this weekend for its seventh year. This year’s festival will take place on Sunday, September 30th at Whippoorwill Hollow Farm in Walnut Grove, just north of Conyers east of the city.
There are many things to love about this festival — it brings together some of the area’s best chefs from Atlanta and Athens, is affordable ($20 tickets if purchased in advance – kids under 12 are free), supports Slow Food Atlanta, a family friendly environment, oh, and yes – it’s affordable. Yes I’ve said it twice, because there are many events that bring together the city’s best restaurants but I’m told that they’re a bit out of reach especially in today’s economy.
In addition to the chef’s tent, there’s an organic farmer’s market featuring produce and specialty products from area producers (it’s where I first fell in love with my favorites - High Road Craft Ice Cream) & they’ve also added a pig roast to wrap up this year’s festival.
I’ve included the full details below, and I hope to see you there!
Tickets are now available online (www.fieldofgreensfestival.com) for the 7th Annual Field of Greens Festival, Georgia’s sustainable farming fair which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will be hosted at the 74-acre certified organic Whippoorwill Hollow Farm in Walnut Grove and will feature Atlanta and Athens’s best farm-to-table chefs.
More than 30 professional chefs are participating this year including: Ron Eyester (Rosebud; The Family Dog), Robert Phalen (One Eared Stag; Holy Taco), Linda Harrell (Cibo E Beve), Justin Keith (Food 101), Asha Gomez (Cardamom Hill), Shane Devereux (The Lawrence), Zeb Stevenson (Livingston Restaurant+Bar; Proof and Provision), Eddie Hernandez (Taqueria del Sol), Edward Russell (PARISH) and Suzanne Vizethann (The Hungry Peach; Buttermilk Kitchen) and more! Additional names of participating chefs and restaurants can be found on the website.
Field of Green’s mission is to unite farmers, chefs and food producers to educate the community about local, sustainable food production. The festival features an organic farmers’ market and education expo, demos and small-plate tastings of farm-fresh foods. Additionally, the festival showcases local farmers on hand to sell their produce and demonstrate their arts.
The main feature remains the legendary 500-square foot Chef’s Tent, sponsored by Classic Tents & Events this year, hosting notable Georgia chefs who offer cooking demonstrations while serving tastings of their own recipes.
Other festival highlights include:
- New this year: A pig roast hosted by Todd Mussman of Muss & Turner’s and Local Three.
- Spotlighting several local small farms, Meals from the Market will include simple dishes prepared with fresh seasonal vegetables. Festival goers can connect with local farmers for growing tips while learning and tasting recipes.
- An inaugural pig roast at the farm will serve as the celebratory wrap-up of the festival from 4 – 5 p.m.
- The family-friendly festival will have the expanded Kid’s Village that features interactive farm experiences, healthy food activities and a bouncy inflatable. Pony rides, face painting, arts and crafts will also be available.
- Other activities include gardening demonstrations, an art fair featuring local artisans, green-living education, and raffle and giveaway prizes. In addition, local bands will be playing on the farm’s music stage all day.
The festival’s ticket price is $20 in advance and $25 at the farm gate with kids 12 and under entering FREE. No pets will be permitted into the festival. The net proceeds will once again directly benefit Georgia’s local organic farmers and Slow Food Atlanta, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a good, clean and fair food system.