Food and Film Festival

Cedar Valley Food and Film Festival, Shades of Green: Exploring Options

The Cedar Valley Local Food Fair started in 2014. The fair is intended to celebrate the local food treasures of the region: farmers markets, orchards, a diversity of farms, U-picks, farm shares (CSA), bakeries, creameries, meat lockers, community gardens, breweries and all places in the Cedar Valley where locally grown foods can be found. Many of the vendors will provide written information, food samples, and sell their local products. Many community partners invested in local foods also have informational booths at the event: Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Blue Zones Project, Iowa State Extension, Food Co-op, Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition, The University of Northern Iowa, and the Seed Library.

The fair, along with many other educational efforts to strengthen the local food economy, are supported in part by the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Region 9 and Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

The films are chosen to address a variety of environmental and sustainability issues in the broadest sense. It is hoped that this effort could build into a yearly film festival in conjunction with the Food Fair that would eventually include original works from around the Cedar Valley.   This year, partners involved with the Cedar Valley Food Fair and who have previously sponsored environmental and sustainability oriented films on campus and in the community have worked to offer a series of films to run during the course of the Food Fair.

The event is free and open to the public. Come explore local food and other sustainable options for the Cedar Valley!  The event will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with vendors on hand from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial Street, Waterloo.


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