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Local Harvest Feast Celebrates Alaska's Food Culture

Anchorage Food Mosaic uses food as a common denominator to build community and a healthy food system

Anchorage, Alaska (August 28, 6:30pm) - A showcase of local Alaska food will feed the soul this Wednesday. This is Anchorage’s first community local harvest feast and is expected to bring over 100 hungry people together.

Ever tried bear wontons, muktuk, or rhubarb baklava? What about AK grown potato gnocchi or AK grown cabbage rolls? Now's your chance!

At the Alaska Botanical Garden on Campbell Airstrip Road, the Anchorage Food Mosaic will soon host the first ever Local Harvest Feast, a potluck event. Similar to AFM’s annual International Holiday Feast each November, the event is family friendly, alcohol free, and the Alaska Botanical Garden is offering free admission/parking to the Garden for the event only.

  • Photographer Ash Adams will be taking portraits of individuals/families with their dish(es). Help us make an Anchorage Food Photo Mosaic! 
  • We will be setting up a StoryTRACKS kids activity for the veggie-themed book "Up, Down & Around". Read more here: http://www.bestbeginningsalaska.org/what-we-do/storytracks/up-down-around
  • We will have 100% compostable plates, cups, cutlery, and napkins as well as recycling bins.
  • We will host the Local Harvest Dish Competition. Dishes can be entered under one of the following categories: Wild Berries, Wild Game and Seafood, or Garden Grown. Attendees and dishes must be present at 6:30 for registration.

Thanks to our generous event sponsors: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Bear Tooth Theatrepub

Thanks to our generous supporters: Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, The Salmon Project, Cindy Shake Designs, Spenard Farmers Market, Nora Gecan Design, Kevin Worrell Music, Senator Mark Begich, Green Star, and staff at the Alaska Botanical Garden

The Anchorage Food Mosaic, a community group that builds community and a healthy food system for all Alaskans one bite at a time, will partner with the Alaska Botanical Garden (ABG) to host the Local Harvest Feast. The Alaska Botanical Garden is dedicated to far-northern plant education, preservation, and research. The Garden offers an inspirational venue to enjoy and learn about northern horticulture and native plants in a special spruce and birch woodland. Interactive activities will be set up for adult and child participation during the potluck; then, you can go back for seconds.  Julianne McGuinness is the Executive Director of ABG. "We are pleased to partner with the Anchorage Food Mosaic for the Local Harvest Feast. Healthy communities have healthy food systems which ideally include the rich resource of wild and cultivated local plant foods.  We consider it an important part of our mission of education and inspiration to encourage the appropriate use and harvesting of Alaska's wild plant foods."

Head to the Garden tonight to connect to the people, ingredients, and ideas that nourish who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. Food is our common denominator!

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