The San Luis Valley is a cornucopia of agricultural production that culminates in the fall season. In observance of the plentiful harvest the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (LFC) will host its fourth annual harvest celebration event at the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park on Sept. 25 from 11:30 to 5 p.m. All are invited to Sunday festival to experience a diversity of food trucks featuring local ingredients, the delicious spirits of SLV Brewing Company and Vino Salida, plenty of live local music provided by our own Alamosa Local Music Association (ALMA) and many fine artists with their work for sale.

The family friendly event will also feature pony rides, games, hayride tours and Adams State Adventure Program will bring their paddleboards if the river isn’t ebbing to low. This event is made possible from a generous grant to several community partners through the LFC from the Colorado Health Foundation with a goal to activate outdoor spaces focusing on the Rio Grande corridor. The LFC is also very grateful to its host sponsor the First Southwest Bank for their business sponsorship of the organization’s mission.

The food truck options to choose from will be Smokin Johnnys BBQ, the “Moki” Kitchen featuring Megumi Sugihara’s vegan wonders, Peace and Carrots starring Frances Vander Stappen with her own spin on Gosar Sausage and more, Buy the Scoop – a front range ice cream vendor who gets his milk from a Longmont dairy the day before he makes the ice cream.; Atalanta a Crestone Music Festival longtime favorite will be bringing Olathe gmo-free grilled corn to the Soiree; and last but never least – Three Guys Farm and their amazing array of savory and sweet waffles, cheesecake and sorbets.

“We are really excited about our fourth annual event festival-style showcasing many of our amazing local chefs, cooks, musicians and artists as a “friend-raiser. Old friends and new – please come celebrate with us on the land.” -Liza Marron, Local Foods Coalition Executive Director.

The Farm to Table 5K scheduled for the event will occur on October 1, at 10am. To sign up for the 5K walk/run go to fitdiscover.com .

Tickets

Tickets are available online for the Soiree at www.slvlocal.eventbrite.com or at the event itself.

Tickets are $5. Children under 4 get in free. Please be prepared to support our local artists and food truck vendors.

For information on the event call the LFC office at 937-2319 or email to slvlocalfoods@gmail.com

About SLV Local Foods Coalition and the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park:

The SLV Local Foods Coalition works to foster a more equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem. It achieves this mission through the Valley Roots Food Hub an aggregation and distribution hub in Mosca of local foods to regional restaurants, retail outlets, institutions and a seasonal fresh box to families. Cooking Matters teaches cooking courses to parents showing them how to cook healthy on a budget. Healthy Habits conducts cooking demonstrations at both Monte Vista and Alamosa Farmers markets sharing recipes and tastes of the day and finally the “Local Roots” Food Guide featuring all known SLV producers who make their product available to SLV eaters. The third edition of the Local Roots Guide will be available soon. www.slvlocalfoods.org

The Rio Grande Healthy Living Park is an innovative, multi-use agricultural park designed to provide public economic development and a space for the community to gather and learn about sustainable food. When finished, it will feature walking trails, a working farm, a commercial kitchen and more. www.riograndefarmpark.org