ISU Local Foods Festival set for Sept. 19, 2017

July 16, 2017
2016 ISU local foods festival
More than 2,500 people attended the 2016 ISU Local Foods Festival.

Interested in learning more about local foods and eating delicious locally grown products? Join us for the 3rd annual ISU Local Foods Festival, Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in central campus!

The event will feature educational displays, food samples, recipes using local foods developed by Iowa State dining chefs and locally grown and produced products for sale by vendors and ISU clubs. Sponsors include Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, ISU Office of Sustainability – Live Green, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, ISU SNAP-Ed and ISU Dining Services, among others.

“Last year we had about 2,500 visitors and 25 vendors lining the sidewalk between Curtiss and Beardshear Halls,” said Lynn Heuss, program coordinator with the ISU Extension and Outreach Local Foods Program. “We’re hoping to top that again this year!”]

The festival will again feature tent displays on growing, raising and incorporating local foods into diets, as well as empowering healthy lifestyles and sustainably minded activities to engage students, faculty and staff, helping them make a connection with Ames and nearby communities. To help attendees kick-start this empowerment, ISU Recreation Services will again offer free bike tune-ups during the festival.

Through the Farm-to-ISU program, the campus dining service has already increased purchases of local, organic and alternatively produced agricultural products from farmers and businesses within a 250-mile radius of Ames.

Several Story county and central Iowa businesses and campus clubs will all be offering food products for sale or educational information during the festival.

If you’re interested in being a vendor or sponsor, learn more and sign up for a table at this link by August 1.