Celebrate Eugene’s Sustainable Food at Taste of the Valley

Delicious food, games, and local vendors- the Slow Food way to spend a Sunday.  In celebration of Eugene’s local food culture, Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance held Taste of The Valley on Sunday, Oct. 14. It was held at the WOW Hall and Food For Lane County’s Dining Room. The event included  local vendor tables, wine and beer tasting, chef demos and live music.  Holy Cow had a great stand, and the vendors were kind enough to give me a coupon for a free meal.  Score!

I found myself at Taste of the Valley as a volunteer with the Farm to School program. I was assigned to make veggie critters with the kids.

Veggie Critter

The task was simple: use your imagination to make critters, animals and people out of vegetables  I enjoyed working with the kids and using food in such a non-conventional way. Food is fun… And so are fresh veggies!

I also got to cruise the local vendors booths inside WOW Hall. Genesis, Holy Cow Cafe and Sweetlife Patisserie were all there. Each one focused on sustainable, organic, and fair trade practices which I greatly appreciated. This event made me feel proud to be a citizen of such a promising local food culture. Hats off to you, Eugene.

Sweet Life

Sweetlife Patisserie happens to be my personal favorite dessert stop in Eugene. There is little to nothing better than their pumpkin cookie topped with maple frosting. Tis the season! Heat that baby up and your taste buds won’t know what hit ’em.

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