JACKSON, Wyo. — Slow Food in the Tetons will host its second annual Farm to Fork Festival at the Teton County Fairgrounds on Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3. This year’s event is planned in partnership with the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit that facilitates access to farm direct and artisan food production.
In addition to providing a wealth of expertise and leading-edge industry information, the event also promises fresh, seasonal, and delicious food, great for eaters of all ages!
A Saturday afternoon farmer’s market is just one event in a weekend full of food-related programming. “Our intention with Farm to Fork is to give people an opportunity to go deeper into the story of where their food comes from,” explains Scot Steen, Slow Food Executive Director.
The Farm to Fork event includes presentations, workshops, and a panel discussion on the policies, economy, and sustainable growing practices that define local and regional food systems.
“Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is so pleased to be partnering with Slow Food in the Tetons,” adds Alexia Kulwiec, Executive Director. “Slow food is dedicated to connecting local food to consumers, but often the federal and local policies interfere with this relationship, so we are excited to be bringing policy discussions to the festival.
“In addition, we look forward to meeting with and supporting local producers in Wyoming, one of the best states in the union for supporting food freedom.”
Advance tickets to Friday and Saturday’s events and workshops are available online at jhfarmtofork.com and are expected to sell out in advance. Saturday’s afternoon market, market tours, and some of the workshops are all free to attend.
The weekend kicks off with a Friday night welcome event titled, Wyoming Food Policy and the Future of Food. Speakers include Wyoming legislators Tyler Lindholm, Mike Gierau, and Mike Yin and Alexia Kulwiec of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund in an evening of drinks, appetizers, and discussion.
Food and beverages will be provided by Sweet Cheeks Meats, Bin22, Snake River Brewing, and Jackson Hole Still Works.
The experience continues on Saturday with a farmer’s market, market tours, music, drinks, prepared food, and a variety of educational workshops. Topics such as vermiculture, apple pressing, and craft butchering are all on the list. If the word “abattoir” is not in your vocabulary, this is your chance to brush up!
Attendees are invited to make a day of it, including a lunchtime keynote series, Voices From the Field, featuring presenters from across the Western United States sharing their stories and insights from the forefront of the Slow Food Movement.
Slow Food is also offering a catered meal from Trio and Local restaurants to be enjoyed during the presentation. Tickets are available in advance for the lunch and presentation on current events related to food processing, biodynamic farming, food freedom policy, vermicomposting, and food justice and equity.
In-person events will require masks and social distancing, and some workshops are virtual with the option to attend from home. Programming is family-friendly, with kids’ apple pressing workshops offered on Saturday afternoon.
“The event is a real showcase,” says Steen. “These topics are at the forefront of the universal Slow Food Movement, and they are being presented right here in Jackson by some of the nation’s leading experts.”