Friday, May 6, 2011

Home Grown Gaston - A Celebration of Local Foods

Gastonia, NC – On Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 the Interagency Child Abuse Prevention Council (ICAPC) and NC Cooperative Extension Local Foods Committee are co-hosting the first ever ‘Home Grown Gaston – A Celebration of Local Food Festival’! With the support of corporate sponsors, local farmers and chefs, we will bring together local farmers, food businesses, organizations and families to celebrate and inspire the growing and eating of Gaston grown fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, dairy and other locally grown products. In addition, this event is a fundraiser for ICAPC to generate funds for child abuse prevention projects.

The local food movement is one of the fastest growing movements in the nation. People’s desire for healthy, local, sustainably grown and delivered food is causing ripples across the food industry, our schools, our restaurants and our dinner tables. North Carolinians alone spend about $35 billion a year on food. Spending just 10% on local food per person (about $1.05 per day) would contribute approximately $3.5 billion to the county and state’s annual economy.

The Home Grown Gaston Local Food Festival will be strategically held at the Gastonia Farmers Market, 410 E. Long Ave, from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 24th in downtown Gastonia and will feature appetizers, main entrées and desserts prepared by chef’s from five local restaurants, local beer and wine vendors, and educational exhibitors representing almost every aspect of local foods. Tickets are $35 per person and must be pre-purchased before the event at one of the following locations:

· Saturdays at the Gastonia Farmers Market, 410 E. Long Ave, Gastonia, NC
· Bogle, Anthony & Leach Attorneys at Law, W. Main Ave, Gastonia, NC
· Gastonia Cooperative Extension Office, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas, NC

Home Grown Gaston is proud to be fiscally sponsored by Gaston County Farm Bureau; Bogle, Anthony & Leach Attorneys at Law, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Minges Printing, Harris Teeter, and Mary Armstead. Please become a part of the effort to increase our local food economy and help raise money to prevent child abuse by participating in Home Grown Gaston on May 24th!

For further information contact Belinda Bogle at or call 704.922.2122 or Lara Worden at 704.922.2118.

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