CHOMP! is a free, full-day celebration of local farming, food, and sustainability, and it returns to King County’s Marymoor Park on Saturday, Aug. 18! Now in its fourth year, this fun, family-friendly event is hosted by King County Parks and is set for 10am to 6pm. Here’s a quick look at what this year’s event will have to offer:
$25 ticket, includes small bites prepared by Chef John Sundstrom of Lark, plus one drink ticket good for beer, wine or cider. Additional drinks available for purchase.
The CHOMP! Garden Party is a community and culinary experience offering dishes that showcase ingredients from King County and Washington farms, local beverages to enjoy, and an opportunity to learn about ongoing efforts and improvements to strengthen our local food economy and the organizations that support it. A portion of the proceeds from the Garden Party will benefit Viva Farms. Viva Farms is small farm business incubator that provides bilingual training and technical assistance in sustainable organic farm and business planning, as well as access to land, water, infrastructure, equipment, marketing, and capital. The King County location in Woodinville currently supports five independently owned farm businesses on 10 acres, including 2 acres of shared infrastructure. Founded in Skagit County in 2009, Viva Farms has educated over 700 small farmers (100+ Spanish speakers) in sustainable organic farming and is currently incubating independent farm businesses (7 Latino owned). In 2017, the SAgE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) student farm in Woodinville became part of Viva Farms and five farm businesses signed leases to operate as incubator farm businesses at Viva Farms King County. The program in King County replicates the model in Skagit County, offering a land-based three quarter practicum in partnership with Seattle Central Community College, as well as workshops targeted to the King County farmer audience. This special ticketed event takes place during CHOMP! at the historic Clise Mansion garden in King County's Marymoor Park on Saturday, August 18 from 2 to 3:30pm.
The Community Kitchen is the hub for all things food at CHOMP! It includes the Community Plate dining experience where you can sample selections from local restaurants for one price. It also features the Beecher's Sound Food School where you’ll learn to make some great dishes, including:
- Pop It UP: Shaker paper bag popcorn zings with a homemade spice blend.
- Quick Pickles: A fresh take on an old favorite—these lightly pickled snacks can be seasoned and spiced to your taste!
- Energy Balls: These quick snacks are fun to make, easy to pack for adventures, and delicious to boot.
- Carrot Top Pesto and Veggie Sticks: Don't compost those carrot tops; use them in this affordable and delicious dip!
Whether it’s investigating bee specimens or building a pollinator hotel for our winged friends; identifying useful native plants or learning how to build a rain garden; the Earth School will give you skills you can take home and share!
- Wilderness Awareness School
- Wild bee exploration
- Tree Time
- Pollinator Hotels
- Herbalism class with Rachel Witt
- Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream: Utilizing fruits, herbs, and dairy from local farms, Sweet Bumpas creates one-of-a-kind boldly flavored ice creams and sorbets
- TJ’s & CJ’s Honeyhuggers: 100% pure, raw and local honey from their home apiary.
- First Light Farms: Their mission is to remind the public that all health starts with healthy soils. As a Certified Naturally Grown farm, they accomplish their mission through their CSA, farmers markets, a U-pick program, and mini farms.
- Carnation Farms: Carnation Farms is a nonprofit organization on a mission to change the way that people want to eat. They celebrate delicious and nutritious food produced in a sustainable manner by providing inspirational and educational experiences that positively affect health, the environment, and local economies.
- Tonnemaker: The Tonnemaker family grows more than 400 varieties of certified organic fruit and vegetables on a 126-acre orchard located on the north slope of the Frenchman Hills near Royal City, Washington.
- Sno-Valley Tilth: Sno-Valley Tilth actively supports organic and sustainable food production practices throughout the Snoqualmie and Snohomish watersheds.
The future of our product-driven world is to make new things from the old. The Upcycle Bazaar features the work of local makers! You’ll also be able to participate by learning, and even making your own special something. In fact, you can bring an old t-shirt and learn how to screen print with Second Use.
Plus, CHOMP! will feature free live performances from Matisyahu, The True Loves, Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, and Unkítawa!
CHOMP! supports King County Executive, Dow Constantine’s Local Food Initiative by celebrating local farmers, chefs and restaurants using locally sourced food, and local organizations specializing in healthy food, sustainability, and social justice. The initiative is aimed at strengthening the local food economy and improving access to healthy, affordable food in underserved communities.