Keep It Real, Keep It Local [Farm to Table Giveaway]

Published On March 9, 2016 | By Mackenzie Sugrue | Giveaways

12049503_10153800906715831_8104421318321358424_nThere is a popular Irish proverb that says, “Laughter is brightest where the food is the best.” Whether we realize it or not, food is an essential part of not just our daily lives, but of our culture as a whole.

Recipes are passed down from generation to generation, and each meal brings with it, its own memories. Now, you can make your own at “Keep it Real, Keep it Local,” the 10th annual Farm to Table Conference happening March 18-19.

For nearly 40 years, Farm to Table Conference organizers–the American HealthCare Group–have played a crucial part in western PA’s healthcare industry, providing leadership and services in health, wellness, and social service throughout our local community and school systems.
Farm to Table is a section of AHC Group’s wellness program, which includes different ways to incorporate great foods–and foods that are great for you–with workshops including: Lunch & Learns, cooking demonstrations, local tastings, fruit bowls and student assemblies.

Since the public increase in health-conscious foods being made at home, the conference routine will be switched up a bit from years past, and will include additional interactive exhibits and speakers, compelling live demos, and more local vendors and purveyors.

The”Keep it Real, Keep it Local” theme will combine the increasingly positive steps Burgh residents have made in food wellness, as well as the city’s culture, itself:

“We are excited to have been a part of the local food movement in the Pittsburgh region over the last decade. As our hometown wins more recognition for the quality and variety of the local food scene and celebrates its 200th birthday, we’re continuing our work in connecting consumers and local food producers across Western Pennsylvania,” said Erin Hart, the Director of Health Benefit Services at American HealthCare Group.

12472554_10153800906580831_8898785828138525110_nThe newest addition to the conference worth checking out is the “Real Meal Purveyors” local food court. The food and refreshments will be provided by Pittsburgh restaurants, caterers, and food trucks–all of which incorporate Burgh-centric and/or non-artificial food products.

“Community Kitchen Pittsburgh,” an original favorite, will also be returning this year. This non-profit is dedicated to teaching job skills as well as nutrition to a new city workforce the best way they know how: food services.

The Annual Project Lunch Tray will be returning as well for its second year on the schedule. Project Lunch Tray is a cooking competition with both students and chefs bringing their own unique twist to school lunches, completely from scratch.

The conference will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and tickets are still available. A one-day registration for seniors ages 65+ is free of charge. A one-day registration pass (general admission) is $20.

Package prices are listed below.

Two-day, $30 Conference registration passes, including:

  • the local food tasting March 18 (5-8PM), or
  • Farm Fresh Breakfast on March 19 (8-10AM)
  • access to the Farm to Table Conference on both days

fttOne-day, $40 Conference registration passes, include:

  • the Farm Fresh Breakfast & one-day conference pass, or
  • the local food tasting & one-day conference pass

For $65, you can register for two-day Conference access, and both the local food tasting and Farm Fresh Breakfast events.

In addition, we’re giving out bundle packs on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Like/Share/Retweet/Tag Friends on the posts to Enter; and be sure to message us with your full name and email for a chance to win!

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