Friends of Great Kids Farm hosting Fall Food and Jazz Festival

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September 30, 2014|By Audrey A. Cockrum, The Baltimore Sun

The Friends of Great Kids Farm will host their Second Annual Fall Food and Jazz Festival on Oct. 11. The event will serve locally sourced food, wine and beer accompanied by the music of the Dunbar High School Jazz Band.

The festival will also feature a culinary competition among City Schools’ rising chefs. Celebrity judges will award prizes for the best dish.

“Each of the five high school culinary training programs will be preparing a signature dish – featuring produce from the Farm – in partnership with a local restaurant,” said Chrissa Carlson, Friends of Great Kids Farm executive director.

Restaurant sponsors this year include Atwater’s, The Bagby Restaurant Group, The Inn at the Black Olive, Gertrude’s and Woodberry Kitchen. McCormick & Co. is the premier sponsor.

Friends of Great Kids Farm is a nonprofit that supports Baltimore City Schools’ Great Kids Farm, which works with Baltimore City Public School students from pre-kindergarten through high school.

The Great Kids Farm, located just west of Baltimore City at the George F. Bragg Nature Study Center and Horticulture Center, is an outdoor classroom on 33-acres of greenery. Educational programs at the farm help kids to eat better and enjoy nutritious foods, connect with and learn about nature, practice environmental sustainability and develop career skills for successful lives.

“Friends of Great Kids Farm raises money to expand programs so they can reach as many of Baltimore City’s 85,000 students as possible,” Carlson said.

Since its founding in 2011, the nonprofit has raised more than $350,000 for the farm, funding educational materials, a work truck, student intern stipends, student transportation to the farm, a fence to protect crops and more.

Proceeds from the Fall Food and Jazz Festival will benefit the Friends of Great Kids Farm.

Festival tickets are priced at $50 each and $25 of each ticket purchased is a tax-deductible donation to Friends of Great Kids Farm. It is an over-21 event. For more information, visit friendsgkf.org/event.

 

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