Sep 27, 2010

Slow Food Oklahoma-style

One of the things I love about living in Oklahoma is the abundant access to locally grown food. From statewide groups like the Oklahoma Food Cooperative to local farmers' markets, you don't have to look very far to find fresh eats.

This weekend marks an annual celebration of said bounty with Slow Food OKC's 6th Annual Fall Picnic which is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3rd at the Harn Homestead.

This picnic is the ultimate family-style celebration of Oklahoma's food traditions. It is also a great place to enjoy friends, family and fellow Slow Fooders while meeting others who care about eating well and supporting local agriculture.

Be forewarned, this isn't your average picnic fare. The menu is all about taking a gourmet twist on the season's best ingredients. Some of the participating local food producers include Big Truck Tacos, La Baguette, Sage, Stella, Chef Ian Wagner and Kam's Kookery. Prairie Thunder Baking Company Breads will be on hand, as well as desserts by Platt College's pastry chef Katie Reddick. 105degrees will also be providing special raw food/vegan meals for any vegan slow fooders.

Even the drinks come from Oklahoma neighbors including locally produced Choc Beer, Coop Ale and great wine. Cafe Evoke will also be on hand serving Elemental Coffee.

As for entertainment, there will be live music by Buck Goucher and children can enjoy sack races, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. Plates loaded with locally grown gourmet food and fun for the whole family...What more could you ask for?

Here are a few details in terms of tickets and logistics: Pre-event tickets are $25 per person without alcoholic beverages and $30 if you'd like to drink beer and wine. I've linked to the respective PayPal accounts so you can to take advantage of the pre-event discount or bring $30/$35 per person to purchase tickets at the door.

The event will happen rain or shine, so mark your calendars for this amazing feast! I promise it will nourish you with more than a delectable meal.

The photo was taken by Shannon Cornman at the 2009 Slow Food OKC Annual Picnic which you can read all about here.

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