When kids are immersed in activities they relish, they absorb and retain information more effectively. And the Kids Food Festival, a weekend of fun, food-related family events, embodies this philosophy of learning. Taking place November 2-3 at Union Market, families will have the opportunity to cook, dance, laugh, and taste their way to making balanced food choices.
Presented by The Creative Kitchen, the Kids Food Festival invites and encourages children to engage all five senses through hands-on, food-related activities. The magic of the festival is rooted in the fact that kids are having so much fun participating in the flavorful activities, they don’t realize how much they are learning!
Enthusiastic eaters and little epicures alike can attend hands-on cooking classes at the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion, where renowned chefs pass on their recipes, skills, and love for all things culinary to a new generation of learners. The Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt (based on USDA ChooseMyPlate.gov guidelines) is the core educational element of the Festival. Kids bounce between exhibitors and activities to sample tasty, wholesome snacks while learning the importance of achieving balance in their food choices. Families will enjoy live musical performances, a disco dance party, fitness workshops, and more, with each of the activities relaying special messages about healthful eating!
“The Kids Food Festival is wonderful because it combats the very serious issue of childhood obesity in such a fun and effective way,” says Kids Food Festival founder and Big Cheese of The Creative Kitchen, Cricket Azima. “We are able to promote and support companies that make healthful living delicious, and kids go home from the events excited about the new, better-for-you foods that they embraced. Through the Festival we get to reach thousands of families in one weekend, and that in itself is incredible.”
General admission to the event is free, but tickets are required for the hands-on cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion and can be purchased in advance online. You can also try winning one through the giveaway below!
Giveaway: Want a chance to win a ticket for a hands-on kids cooking class hosted in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodie Pavilion at the Kids Food Festival? Simply leave a comment below telling me your kids’ favorite home cooked meal. To be eligible, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook. The giveaway will run through Sunday, October 27, and a winner will be announced next week. Good luck!