6th Annual Food For Life Conference At Sequatchie Valley Institute Is June 27-29

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The 16th Annual Food for Life Conference at Sequatchie Valley Institute, a non-profit educational center, will be June 27-29.

The location is 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, between Dunlap and Whitwell just off Rte. 28, 45 minutes from Chattanooga.

Cost is a sliding scale $25-$50/adult/day and $5-$20/child/day including meals. Call for individual workshop/meal prices.  Rustic camping $10/2 nights. No pets.

Contact: Carol, Patrick, or Marissa: 423-949-4598/5922/678-982-2445 or Marissa@svionline.org; www.svionline.org for information.

 Officials said, "Come to a weekend of great food, engaging workshops, kids, music, and camping in the Sequatchie Valley!  Food for Life is a gathering for skills-building in preservation, cooking, diet and nutrition, native forest foods and medicines, and fermentation.  Our keynote speaker is fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz, internationally known author and winner of the James Beard Cookbook Award. 

        "Workshops include making sauerkraut, miso, mead, kefir, kimchi, sourdough, sodas and beer; food preservation; nutrition; fats as food; native foods and medicines; and crop and animal production and harvesting. Programs for kids encourage adventurous eating. Other activities include pizza in our clay oven, community-based agriculture, tours of our solar powered sustainable structures, forest hikes, games, bonfires, and drum circles. Participants will help prepare meals as part of the curriculum."

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