The Earth Day Food and Wine Festival

Man, what a weekend. My voice has packed up and left and I still don’t think I’m caught up on sleep. Was it worth it? Yes, because I got to be a part of the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival.

Right now, you are probably wondering “what is the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival?” Well, EDFWF is an event put on by the organization I intern for, the Central Coast Vineyard Team. For the past six years, EDFWF has brought together chefs, farmers, wineries and consumers for an afternoon of wine, food, music and conversations about where our food comes from. It is truly an amazing event. This year’s event, held at Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery, had close to 1,500 people in attendance, despite it being the first 90-degree day of the year in Templeton. The event rocked.

As the Central Coast Vineyard Team intern, I spent my time behind the scenes during the event. To put it frankly, the team killed it. When we had issues with tickets and arrival times, we dealt with it. When attendees were reacting poorly to their over-indulgence of wine combined with the 90-degree heat, we handled it. When two sheep got loose and ran through the vineyard, we figured it out. When there were seven of us at the end of the night to clean up the venue, we got it done. Basically, we rocked.

Even if I hadn’t been on staff for this event, I know I would have loved it. I’m all about putting farmers and consumers together to talk about their food, and that is what the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival is all about. As a member of the staff, I was so happy to be a part of it. Since I started my internship in June, I had been hearing about this legendary “Earth Day.” I knew it must be a big deal, since we were already working on it, and I knew it must be cool since everyone kept saying “farmers” and “consumers.” As we got closer to the event, my excitement just kept growing. Finally seeing it and experiencing it over this past week was awesome- it was everything I had imagined and more. I was truly a lucky duck to be involved.

Did all this sound fun to you? Well, save the date for next year! EDFWF will be back at Pomar Junction April 20, 2012 celebrating farmers, food and wine! Visit http://www.earthdayfoodandwine.com for all the information you need!

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