Frenchtown Festival To Celebrate Food, Culture, Community

By: Tallahassee Food Network Email
By: Tallahassee Food Network Email

News Release: Tallahassee Food Network

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The first-ever Frenchtown iGrow Food & Art Festival - a celebration of good food, cultural expression, and vibrant community - will take place Saturday, April 12 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Dunn Street Youth Farm.

The family-friendly festival will feature the bounties of neighborhood food gardens and restaurants; live performances from jazz musicians, step teams and drummers; cooking and gardening workshops, community art projects and activities for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Suggested donations are $2 for adults and $1 for students and children. Event proceeds and sponsorships will fund iGrow Youth Leader stipends and scholarships for jazz lessons. The event is made possible through a grant from the Frenchtown Southside Community Redevelopment Agency and hundreds of volunteer hours donated by community leaders.

The festival will kick off with the dedication of the GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces grant ScottsMiracle-Gro awarded to Mayor John Marks at the US Conference of Mayors in January. The grant directly benefits the Tallahassee Food Network’s efforts to expand food production and provide additional educational opportunities focused on healthy living and the importance of community-based food systems.

iGrow “Whatever You Like,” a program of the Tallahassee Food Network, is a Frenchtown-based youth-empowerment and urban-agriculture program where local high school students learn business skills and how to grow organic food. Since operations began in 2011, the farm has engaged nearly 500 young people and volunteers and has produced more than 2,000 pounds of produce which is sold on-site, to local restaurants and at the Frenchtown Heritage Market.
The Dunn Street Youth Farm is located at 514 Dunn Street, Tallahassee, FL, 32304, one block west of Old Bainbridge Rd. and one block north of Brevard St. Street parking is available. Sponsorship and volunteer inquiries can be directed to Alexis Simoneau at simohno@gmail.com.


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