The people behind the inagural FRESHWORKS! Festival are out to prove that farm-to-table food is always in season. This Saturday (June 16), farmers, chefs, and food trucks will converge at The Gardens at Park Place for an afternoon of education, entertainment, and of course, great Southern cooking.
Expect a veritable bounty of food trucks including Birmingham favorites such as Dreamcakes, Shindigs, and Spoonfed Grill. We’re looking forward to trying the tasty options from faraway favorites such as Athens’ Farm 255 Cart, Nashville’s Biscuit Love, and Scott’s Bar-B-Que all the way from South Carolina. The man who literally just wrote the book on food trucks, John T. Edge, will be on hand to sign copies of his new book The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America’s Best Restaurants on Wheels.
Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt from Cochon and Herbsaint in New Orleans will be there to host cooking demos and serve up the Louisiana staple, boudin. Birmingham’s Martie Duncan, who is on the current season of Food Network Star, will also be flexing her chef skills showcasing fresh blueberry dishes.
When you’ve had your fill of food, you can check out musical performance by The Dexateens, Jonny Corndawg and Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs; visit the petting zoo; shop from eco-friendly vendors; and see installations showcasing backyard farming techniques. “Our goal is to connect the festival attendees with chefs, farmers, and producers who are committed to producing and working with the best possible ingredients in a way that’s both accessible and sustainable,” says Nick Pihakis, event organizer and owner of Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. “We want to tell the stories of those people and places. It’s about being local and fresh while educating people about where their food comes from.”
The festival’s dedication to farming and cultivation aligns with the strong sense of community of Jones Valley Teaching Farm. All proceeds from the event will benefit the organization, which has been grooming young locovores since 2007. Their hands-on K-8 programs at the two-acre, urban garden in downtown Birmingham give kids a chance to see where their food comes from and encourage better nutrition.
June 16 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Gardens of Park Place
701 25th Street North Birmingham, Alabama
By: Jessica Stringer
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