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Fun & Fit as a Family Weekend

March 4, 2010

This past weekend I went down to Miami, Florida with a few of my coworkers (and a 26 foot moving truck full of stuff) to exhibit at the Fun & Fit as a Family Weekend at Jungle Island in sunny Miami, Florida. This is the family friendly aspect of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The biggest draw of this event is the Kellogg’s Kidz Kitchen where famous Food Network stars such as Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri did cooking demonstrations for eager fans. And yes, I took a few little breaks and ran over to see a few famous chefs with my own eyes 🙂

Kidz Kitchen Lineup

The event draws between 10,000 – 12,000 people each year. We were lucky to be the only sponsor in the Destination Garden area. What we put together for our area was nothing less than awesome. Our exhibit was called “Experience Florida Agriculture”. Each day we had about 10 FFA volunteers from John A. Ferguson Sr. High School in Miami to help run each area. Without them, we would not have been able to run our exhibit effeciently.

Experience Florida Agricutlure - Entrance

Sunday group of FFA Volunteers

As people entered our exhibit there were different areas for them to explore. The first area was “Planting”. Here people could see many different types of seeds and be able to look and compare them. They also looked at the beginning stages of growth from a seed. Seedlings were donated to us by Auburndale farms.

The next area was “Growing”. Here we showed 5 different types of growing used. Conventional growing – with soil. Aeroponics, with a system donated by EZ Clone. Hydroponics and Aquaponics. And lastly, Vertical Growing with a system being donated by Vertigrow.

The final area for people to explore was “Harvesting”. Here we set up a huge display of fresh fruits and vegetables for parents and children to look at.

Without fail though, the biggest hit were our sushi samples prepared by our very own Chef Justin; as well as Chef Josh Butler, Yozo & Junko from Sushi Blues and our FIU student volunteer, Laura. These were a huge success! We sampled fruit sushi and veggie sushi – and had a hard time keeping up with the demand.

Left to Right: Josh, Junko, Yozo, Laura, Justin

And if you didn’t think that was enough to keep us occupied, we also held sushi making classes in the Children’s Sustainable Garden which was right next to our exhibit area. We held between 8 – 10 classes each day and Chef Justin led each class and taught kids how to roll their own sushi. The kids and parents ate that up! Who knew teaching people how to roll sushi would be so popular!

Overall, the event was a huge success and the amount of people we reached was awesome. I can’t wait to possibly do it again next year! If you’d like to see more pictures, we uploaded them to our Facebook fan page. Check them out!

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 5, 2010 1:22 pm

    What a terrific way to let kids know how their food grows and let them see and sample the end result.

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