Sustainotopia Schedule: Eat Up and Learn
|Will Essensia's offerings be tastier than lionfish? Maybe!|
Rosser came up with the concept three years ago (read more about him and the event's roots in this recent Forbes interview) and has made the event a massive celebration involving thousands of participants. He promises this year's event has lots to offer, especially for foodies who know that produce isn't grown on supermarket shelves:
Eat the Enemy
It's your chance to chow down on Lionfish, an unwanted predator in Caribbean waters.
Friday night, April 20th, 6 p.m., 15th Street Fisheries, Fort Lauderdale, $30
Sustainability Tour with Whole Foods, South Beach
Meet Jordan Wolfe, the in-store Green Mission Specialist, at Customer Service for inspiring tour of the South Beach store.
Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 1 p.m., free
Shop at Downtown Harvest Market
Ride your bike down and check out information sessions and lunchtime demonstrations about bringing sustainability to our urban center; a section dedicated to the sale and care of potted herbs, vegetables, and fruits; and a drum circle at lunchtime.
Friday, April 20th, noon, Stephen P. Clark Center's Courtyard at 111 NW First St., free
South Miami Harvest Market
This is a good one for the kiddies, especially, as sessions geared toward children's activities and teaching the next generation appreciation for our Earth will be offered, along with a vegetable sculpture project comprised of fruits and vegetables that grow in abundance locally in the Greater Everglades bio-Region.
Saturday, April 21st, 10 a.m., 6130 Sunset Drive, South Miami, free
Live- Organic Farms Tour of South Florida
Tour some of South Florida's top sustainable farms and enjoy freshly picked and prepared foods paired with tropical fruit wines. A private bus will pick participants up at several central locations in Miami between noon and 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 21st, noon-6 p.m., $65
Meet a smattering of organic food vendors at this official city of Coral Gables event and enjoy eats fresh from their farms.
Sunday, April 22nd, noon-5 p.m., City Hall, free<
Earth Harvest Festival
The first celebration of Permaculture in South Florida.
Sunday, April 22nd, noon-6 p.m., Homestead Harvest Market at Verde Gardens, SW 280 Street and 127 Ave., free
Organizers are calling it "an exploration of consciousness and food issues." Along with a presentation from Gene Bauer of Farm Sanctuary, expect discussions concerning the vegan lifestyle, animal rights, and grass-fed meats as an alternative. Vegan food will be served.
Sunday night, April 22nd, 6 p.m., FDR at the Delano, South Beach, $50
You know Essensia is already all about the farm-fresh movement and its flavors, but on this night chef Julie Frans will prepare a special five-course menu incorporating premium seasonal, local and sustainable produce, grass-fed meats, and seafood. Plates will be paired with fine wines carefully selected from Essensia's one-of-a-kind sustainable wine list. Seats are limited to 50 guests and the meal will take place at the restaurant's poolside terrace amongst lush tropical vegetation. For reservations, please call 305-908-5490 by Tuesday, April 17th.
Tuesday, April 24th, 7 p.m., Essensia at the Palms Hotel, $95
Visit the site for more info about other key events, including a global beach cleanup; a Carnivalia celebration and parade on Lincoln Road; the premiere of University of Miami professor and filmmaker Sanjeev Chatterjee's One City; citywide parties; ecological tours; eco-fashion and design; art; lectures; and a worldwide Avatar summit.
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