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Edible City Celebration 2009
Each year, we sponsor and plan a weeklong series of events called Edible City Celebration. Originally, this series was called Eat In Act Out week. Below you'll find information about the planned events this year.

Sunday, Aug 23 - Guided Tour of the Hillcrest Farmers' Market
Never been to a Farmers' Market before? Maybe you've been but you were feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing. Maybe you're a seasoned market veteran but want to see the market from a different angle. Whatever your experience, now you have a great and unique opportunity to have a guided tour of one of San Diego's largest and best-known markets. Leslie Goldman will be providing a tour of the market toward the end of the market, when the deals are the best on locally produced veggies, plant starts and artisan crafts (both edible and not). Join Leslie as he introduces you to four of the featured produce vendors of the market and get behind where your food is grown and what life on the small family farms are like today.

Location: Hillcrest Farmers' Market (DMV Parking Lot, 3960 Normal St)
Time: 1 - 2pm
Links: Map | Yelp | Official Site | RSVP | co-sponsored by Keep The Beet
Sunday, Aug 23 - Local Iron Chef
A friendly competition featuring two local chefs, local celebrity judges and, of course, a secret ingredient. The chefs will have 90 minutes to prepare three dishes featuring the seasonl, local secret ingredient. If you'd like to be a part of the live audience for this event, please RSVP early as we expect this event to fill up quickly.

Location: Fixtures (9340 Dowdy Dr. Ste. B, 92126)
Time: 4 - 6pm
Links: Map | Yelp | Fixtures Official Site | RSVP | co-sponsored by Slow Food Urban San Diego
Monday, Aug 24 - Fermentation
Learn how to make kimchee and ginger ale. Ginger ale making is now even easier than ever. We'll be sharing the latest recipe that allows people to brew a batch of ginger ale in just 24 hours using standard baker's yeast, sugar and ginger and a super high-tech device: a 2-liter soda bottle.

Location: City Farmer's Nursery (4832 Home Ave 92105, at Bill's house around back, look for signs)
Time: 6 - 8pm
Links: Yelp | Official Site | RSVP
Tuesday, Aug 25 - CSA Meal Planning
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a program that lets you subscribe to a local farm and get produce every week from that farm. It's a way to save a little money and also provide the local farm with a consistent revenue stream. One of the challenges with CSAs (and meal planning in general) is trying to make meals and dishes out of the diverse ingredients that come in a CSA box (or Farmers' Market) each week. If you're interested in CSAs and want to learn more or if you're just interested in planning healthier meals for your family, this event is a great fit for you. Cooks will show the audience how to stay nimble with challenging ingredients and the benefits of keeping a wide array of vegetables in your diet.

Location: City Heights Wellness Center (4440 Wightman St # 200, 92105)
Time: 6 - 8pm
Links: Map | Yelp | RSVP
Wednesday, Aug 26 - Movie Night
Come see a short documentary about something remarkable happening in the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest. Small family farmers are making a comeback. They're growing much healthier food, and lots more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms.

Location: Mission Valley Library (2123 Fenton Pkwy, 92108)
Time: 6 - 8pm
Links: Map | Yelp | RSVP
Thursday, Aug 27 - Food Preservation
Learn to make your own preserves just like our grandparents did.

Location: A New Kitchen (2971 Beech St, 92102)
Time: 6 - 8pm
Links: Map | Yelp | RSVP
Friday, Aug 28 - Locavore Day
This Friday, have lunch or dinner at Jsix, a restaurant serving up the local flavors, while supporting SD Food Not Lawns. Just mention Edible City Celebration or SD Food Not Lawns and 5% of the proceeds will go to support Food Not Lawns (Friday, Aug 28 only).

A group of us will meet at the restaurant at 6pm. Call me if you need help finding the restaurant or the group.

Location: Jsix (616 J St At the corner of 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)
Time: 6 - 8pm
Links: Yelp | Official Site | RSVP
Saturday, Aug 29 - Composting
Saturday, the final day of our series, hosts two separate events, attend both or just the one that interests you. The first event will be a composting workshop held at the City Heights Farmers' Market at noon. The second event will be a true celebration of summer: our annual Tomato/Basil Festival! The composting workshop will feature an overall introduction to composting, how it works, how to maintain it and keep that right balance of greens and browns. We'll also touch upon vermicomposting.

Location: City Heights Farmers' Market (3795 Fairmount Ave. 92105)
Time: Noon - 1pm
Links: Yelp | Official Site | Map | RSVP
Saturday, Aug 29 - Tomato/Basil-Fest
Saturday, the final day of our series, hosts two separate events, attend both or just the one that interests you. The first event will be a composting workshop held at the City Heights Farmers' Market at noon. The second event will be a true celebration of summer: our annual Tomato/Basil Festival! The festival will include tomato and basil tasting, a potluck and live music! We'll have several types of tomatoes and basil on hand to taste and we'll be showing you how to make delicious dishes from these edible ambassadors of summer like gazpacho, pico de gallo and pesto. Please bring some of your own tomatoes to share if you have any. Be sure to label them with the variety if known. Also bring a covered dish to share. Musical guests to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Location: Field in front of City Heights Performance Annex (3795 Fairmount Ave, directly across from the City Heights Farmers' Market)
Time: 4 - 8pm
Links: Map | RSVP
Saturday, Aug 29 - Fermentation and Backyard Chickens in North County
Living in North County and feeling left out of all the ECC love? Fear not! This event is specifically for North County residents (though all are invited) and will focus on how to brew your own komboucha and sauerkraut and raise chickens in your backyard.

Please bring a dish to share for the potluck.

If you would like to start brewing your first batch of Kombutcha please bring a large (1-2 liter) glass jar with you.

Location: Beck and Doug's abode in Oceanside. Address and directions will be given with RSVP to the event.
Time: 2 - ?pm