Local Food Celebration Returns to Eastern Market

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DETROIT — The Greening of Detroit embraces all things home-grown at its upcoming Live Love Local celebration at Detroit’s Eastern Market from noon – 3 p.m. on August 24. This celebration brings together community partners, key leaders, farmers, tree enthusiasts, environmentalists, and foodies from across the region to celebrate Detroit’s innovative work in building a greener, healthier, and more sustainable city.

The annual event provides Detroiters with an opportunity to celebrate healthy, local living and help raise financial support for the Greening of Detroit’s environmental programs and projects. The Greening of Detroit is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire the sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green spaces, food, education, training, and job opportunities. 

Twenty five chefs from restaurants around metro Detroit will gather in Shed 5 to showcase their talents, share bites of their favorite recipes, and help spotlight Detroit’s local food movement. Participants can engage in farm-to-fork discussions, food tastings, Michigan-made beer and wine, and Eastern Market tours throughout the day. 

Featured restaurants include:  Avalon International Breads, Brooklyn Deli, Calder Dairy, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Colors, Canape Caret Café, Dorsey Culinary Academy, Dorsey Culinary Academy, El Guapo Grille, Inn Season, Grange Kitchen and Bar, Mudgie’s, Rattlesnake Club, ROAST, Russell Street Deli, Slows BarBQ, Supinos, Sweet Lorraine’s, The Henry Ford, The Whitney, Union Woodshop, Vinsetta Garage, and Zingermans. Coffee and tea are provided by Mighty Good Coffee and Chartreuse Organic Tea. Wine provided by Sandhill Crane and the beer by Motor City Brewery. 

The Greening’s 2.5-acre market garden, a training and production-scale farm garden, will also be open for interactive tours. Hands-on activities, contests, and demonstrations will also highlight the Greening’s work in green infrastructure, workforce development, and urban agriculture which will showcase a vision for tomorrow’s greener, healthier Detroit.

Signature partner edibleWOW magazine will also present the “Local Hero of the Year” Award, recognizing the accomplishments of heroes from the local food scene. Five awardees will be announced and celebrated at the Live Love Local event. 

“Through this celebration, we hope to raise our visibility and the critical funding we need to continue our work in the city.  The work we do is more important than ever, and we are excited to play a role in transforming Detroit into a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable urban center” said Rebecca Salminen Witt, president of The Greening of Detroit.

Tickets to the Live Love Local celebration, The Greening of Detroit’s fundraiser, are $25 per person; children 6-10 are $5, and under age five are free. This includes all food tastings, two drink tickets, hands-on activities, and tours. For information or to purchase tickets, call 313-237-8733 or online at www.greeningofdetroit.com.

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