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Food Day to kick off with Big Easy Satsuma Peel in New Orleans

by Erin Yastrow

Last Food Day in New York, organizers held a “Big Apple Crunch” where hundreds of people met at City Hall and crunched into an apple at the same time. The event celebrated Food Day by raising awareness of local, fresh, healthy foods and creating a media event to highlight the Food Day events taking place in the state.

Why a “Peel”?

In Louisiana, we are modeling our event after the Big Apple Crunch, but with our own local twist. We intend to create an annual event that will grow over time, bringing together food activists, local organizations, and community members to create awareness about Food Day and food policy issues in the state.

What is a Satsuma?

A Satsuma is an easy-to-peel mandarin orange that is available locally in Louisiana during October. This nutritious fruit is high in disease-fighting vitamin C. We are coming together to celebrate Louisiana’s local food heritage with this fresh and healthy fruit.

When and Where?

The peel will take place at noon on Food Day, Thursday, October 24th, in Washington Artillery Park, across from the historic Jackson Square, between Cafe Du Monde and City Sightseeing Tours.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with speakers about topics such as food sustainability, nutrition, and the local food policy context in Louisiana. We are inviting New Orleans Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo to speak about Food Day, as well. We also will be inviting students from local schools to join in.

Additionally, we envision smaller scale peels taking place across the city and state. Students at Tulane University have spoken about hosting a peel on one of the University Quads. If you are interested in incorporating a satsuma peel event with your Food Day plans, or want to plan an event, please get in touch with us! Additionally, we welcome anyone from other cities in Louisiana to host their own Big Easy Peel event. Email Bonnie May, bonniemayemay@gmail.com, or Erin Yastrow, eyastrow@tulane.edu, for more information.

We would like to send a big thank you to the French Market for generously sponsoring and hosting this event and thank Louisiana Public Health Institute and Global Green for their support.

The Big Easy Satsuma Peel is just one of the exciting events that is being planned for Food Day in Louisiana. Check out a few of the fun events that are going on around the state:

  • On October 19th Sankofa CDC and Healthy Heart CPP in New Orleans will be hosting their second Food and Fitness Fair, including a Fun Run, a “Rethink your Drink” fruit juicing contest for children, and the unveiling of Sankofa’s “Mobile Market,” which will bring fresh local produce to the lower 9th ward.
  • On October 20th Slow Food Baton Rouge will host a farm-to-table fundraiser at the Burden Center, with proceeds benefiting farm-to-school programming!
  • On October 23rd Baton Rouge’s local chapter of the American Culinary Federation is teaming up with the Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market to put on a Chefs Outreach to the Community Event, hosting a 4-hour series of culinary and nutrition workshops for kids and their families.
  • Acadiana 3rd Annual Food Day will take place at Lafayette’s new farmers and artisans market at the Horse Farm on October 26th, bringing together local farmers, live music, cooking demos, edible art activities with kids, food samples from local restaurants, and legislative post-cards to Congress concerning food policy issues.
  • Hammond Farmers Market will be hosting their first Food Day event on October 26th with health screenings, fitness activity info, and recipes using ingredients from their local farmers!

For more events, check out the map at www.foodday.org.

Erin Yastrow is a student at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Through a partnership with Tulane Prevention Research Center, she is assisting New Orleans Food Day organizer Bonnie May in bringing Food Day to communities around the state.

Topics:   diet , nutrition , food environment , school food

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