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March 30: Second Annual Children’s Picnic & Real Food Fair at French Legation

March 23, 2014

The second annual Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair will be held March 30, from 1 to 5 p.m., on the grounds of the historic French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street. The free event, which celebrates First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, invites families to pack a picnic, grow a garden, meet farmers and local food vendors, and enjoy cooking demos, music and much more.

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Local organic farms shared their products and knowledge at last year’s First Annual Children’s Picnic.

“Our Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair is a unique opportunity for the whole family to enjoy connecting to our local food community. The French Legation Museum grounds are a beautiful treasure and we are so happy to have them hosting this event again this year.  Along with all the favorites from last year, we’ll have lots of surprises and new activities this year!” said Marla Camp, publisher of Edible Austin magazine and co-organizer of the event.
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Hula hoop fun at the 2013 Children’s Picnic

Some of the exciting 2014 Children’s Picnic activities include:

  • Featured speaker 9-year-old BeeSweet Lemonade entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer
  • Funmi & Friends Healthy Eating Children’s Puppet Show
  • Craft, movement and music activities from The Thinkery, Austin’s new Children’s Museum
  • Painting rainwater collection barrels activity by Whole Foods Market’s Garden Grants to Schools program

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Hoover Alexander (right) owner of Hoover’s Restaurant and a Hoover’s staff member share the restaurant’s fare with picnic goers.

 

Testimonials from last year’s guests:

Just wanted to write to thank you all for putting on one of the best children’s events I’ve been to while living here in Austin for the past 8 years.

Deirdre O’Connor

That was such a lovely community event — really friendly, knowledgeable vendors; yummy food; good music and such fun to see all the little kids running around and dancing…I hope there will be another soon! 

Patty Gettelman

 The Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair is co-presented by Edible Austin magazine, Toni Tipton-Martin’s SANDE Youth Project, the French Legation Museum and Whole Foods Market.

For more details, visit edibleaustin.com/childrenspicnic.

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