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Local Food Culture Immersion in Asheville, NC

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Asheville’s First Local Food Culture Immersion:


Ashevillage Institute invites a national network of local food-enthusiastic community leaders to join a consortium of movers n’ shakers from one of the country’s food culture capitals in Asheville, NC.

Asheville is widely recognized as one of the country’s local food hotspots. It is the first “Green Dining Destination” in the country, with 16 green certified restaurants; the first Bee City USA™; and winner of the Beer City USA contest, four years running. The Chamber of Commerce refers to the city as a Foodtopian Society. There are 17 tailgate and farmer’s markets throughout the region.

What makes one city’s food culture so alive? How are other communities establishing local food culture? How can pioneers of these movements come together to further such efforts? The Local Food Culture Immersion explores local-to-national models that support healthy and vibrant local food culture, while cross-pollinating what’s working in other cities and inspiring the proliferation of more. This Immersion will:

• Bring together 30+ local “movers n’ shakers” to share Asheville’s wealth of experience, enthusiasm and success with community leaders from cities across the country;
• Provide meet-the-expert and roundtable panels; city micro-farm tours and foraging forays, hands-on workshops; strategy sessions and peer project reviews;
• Celebrate local food cuisine at Asheville’s cornucopia of fantastic local and organic restaurants, plus gathers the city’s best chefs at the “Not-So-Secret, Local & Organic, Best Potluck Party Ever!”

Unique in its delivery and collaborative approach, this Immersion will be a one-of-a-kind experience, supporting those who are hoping to further their own local food culture. Community leaders will leave well fed and inspired to further action-oriented initiatives in their own cities. This Immersion is part of an effort to establish a network of countrywide, citizen-led initiatives that address at-large issues of clean food, water and energy, community placemaking, local economies, and more. Each Immersion is limited to 16 participants for an intimate and personalized experience. Interested persons are encouraged to apply with a team of two to three community representatives from their city or town, and have a food-related community project to collaborate on following the Immersion. Offered twice in 2013, registration is now open for teams of applicants: May 10 - 19 and August 30 - September 8.

Participants will stay at the Ashevillage Sanctuary: Downtown’s EcoSweet Retreat, a premier one-acre, eco-urban demonstration site with a neighborhood CSA, a resident team and guest house in downtown Asheville. A selection of delicious, local, organic meals will be offered throughout the Immersion.

For further information on Ashevillage Institute please visit: www.ashevillage.org. Follow us on Twitter @Ashevillage. Join our Facebook group.

For inquiries or photos about the Local Food Culture Immersion contact: Kathryn Blau at Kathryn@ashevillage.org, 919.593.0067
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