The organizers of King County’s local food and sustainable living festival CHOMP aren’t letting the fact that it won’t be in-person amid the COVID-19 pandemic get in their way.
With activities that range from goat yoga classes, lessons on zero waste shopping, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, virtual petting zoos and even an Animal Crossing island to visit, the free event has found its niche in the virtual sphere while also celebrating its message: sustainable living in Seattle.
“Since 2015, CHOMP has supported the local food initiative celebrating local farmers, chef and restaurants that offer locally sourced food and beverages,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said. “And it supports community-based organizations that make access to healthy, sustainable food more equitable.”
Cooking demonstrations like zucchini fritters and even churning your own butter will highlight the importance of using local produce.
And with new research finding that the cost of groceries in Seattle are increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic — with meat, poultry and fish seeing a massive 10% increase in prices compared to last year — there’s never been a better time to integrate more locally sourced fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Educational videos will help consumers connect with the local farmers and an at-home music workshop is set to feature local artist Chong the Nomad.
Community resources, including community supported agriculture maps and seasonality guides for local produce, are also available on CHOMP’s website.
The festival will be benefiting two local organization that are aiming to make locally grown food more accessible: Black Farmers Collective and Wakulima USA.
The week long event goes live every night on their website starting at 6:30 p.m.