This is the singing in the rain portion of the event (or rather, singing in coverage from the rain).
Think Local First wrapped up a successful week of Eat(ing) Local First with it's 2nd Annual Farm-To-Street Party. Despite the continuous rain, (which many looked to prefer over 100 degree heat), the outdoor celebration on a pop-up park on V Street went on as planned, with music, cooking demonstrations, a pie eating contest, and over 40 vendors selling hand-crafted gifts, and of course, food!
Fans of Kew Park Coffee, private estate grown Jamaican coffee
Jelly from Rutabaga sweets. It took me a while to decide between Passion Mandin, Blood Orange, and Strawberry Guava, (I really should have chose all three) but I went with the Blood Orange, and it adds the perfect touch to my breakfast, or late-night snack.
Langdon Wood Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
The Sweetgreen crew mixing up some salads. As soon as I saw the words "Guacamole Greens" I knew where one of my food tickets was going. I can never say no to a chicken and avocado combo.
Honey Roasted Peanuts from Coastal Nut packed a mighty crunch. I immediately fell in love with the Salt and Pepper flavor, as pepper is my favorite condiment!
When Salt and; Pepper isn't available as a flavor, my next go to is Salt and Vinegar, which Route 11 Chips happily provided me.
Raw Vegan treats from Gouter. This photo is actually from the A Bigger Future for Local Food - Industry Panel, held on Wednesday, July 18th at the Phillips Collection, but Gouter was also at the Farm-To-Street Party, where I put zero thought into pulling out two food tickets for their fresh Tonic. Made with a bit of Jalapeno, the Tonic puts a nice kick in your day.
Plates from Sonoma came with lots of smiles.
Penn Quarter Bodega educated residents about the planned launch of this Penn Quarter grocery store, and screen printed produce bags on-site, exchanging bags for donations, as Bodega is looking to gain most of their start-up funds through crowd funding.
I first tried a cookie from Whisked! at the U St. Farmer's Market a month or so ago. I then started recommending their pies without ever having tried them. Here I found the perfect opportunity to try a slice of Tomato and Goat Cheese pie. I will continue to recommend their pies.
Goldilocks Goodies! Unfortunately I didn't make room to sample these treats, but my friend did, and she was this close to coming back for seconds.
Pizzas were cooked up in a mobile brick oven with ingredients provided by Whipple Farms.
Cooking demonstrations at the Operation Eatery tent.
13th Street Meats working the grill.
Think Local First's Farm-To-Street Party was much like a Taste of DC, with a local focus (and much less chaotic) providing a perfect way to spend a Saturday, even a rainy one. For more info about how to support local businesses in DC, even when Think Local First isn't throwing parties, visit http://thinklocalfirstdc.com/.