event: Herb and Food Fair: Food and Medicine on the Wild Side

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Celebrate nature at our free annual event that draws thousands to the University's lush Kenmore campus.

Join Bastyr University at the Herb and Food Fair, a free annual festival that brings thousands of visitors to the Kenmore campus. With gardens blooming and the campus forest buzzing with new life, it's a great time to soak up spring colors and learn about the endless uses of plants.

This year's theme is “Food and Medicine on the Wild Side.”

Herb and Food Fair entrance
Festival Activities

Educational speakers and workshops Cooking demonstrations from nutrition and botanical medicine experts Nutritious and delicious homemade food Garden tours Guided walks through the surrounding woods Craft sale with tea, artwork, and herb-related goods Plant sale with medicinal and culinary plant starts from Bastyr's organic garden Relaxing herbal foot soaks and facials Live music and entertainment Free acupuncture demonstrations Children's activities, including face painting and games

Keynote Speakers

Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks and other books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including four New York Times bestsellers. Amy has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many others. She is the co-founder of the popular blog Garden Rant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine.

Todd Caldecott is a clinical herbalist and ayurvedic practitioner. He is the author of Food as Medicine: The Theory and Practice of Food and The Divine Science of Life. His training as a clinician in herbal medicine began during a search to resolve a chronic digestive disorder acquired while traveling in India. He has been in clinical practice since 1996 and has spoken at numerous botanical medicine conferences and colleges. Glenn Herlihy is a cofounder of the Beacon Food Forest and a Seattle-based sculptor and permaculture designer/builder. Glenn has worked in landscaping for 23 years while co-founding New Volute Inc., an architectural/garden sculpture business. He is a community activist and organizer who helped revitalize Jefferson Park, a 50-acre park on Seattle's Beacon Hill. His main interest is in creating beauty by combining his skills in visual arts and landscape design for public benefit. John Sundstrom is chef and owner of the Seattle restaurant Lark. He has been cooking for more than 20 years, including time at Seattle's Raison d'etre, Campagne, Café Sport and Dahlia Lounge. He has developed connections to Northwest foragers, fishermen and farmers, a network that continues to grow. In 2007, he won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest. While at Earth & Ocean, Sundstrom was named a Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef. He has been featured on the Food Network’s “Best of Show” and ”Food Nation” and featured in the PBS original series “Chefs A ‘Field.” Jo Robinson is a best-selling investigative journalist who has spent the past 15 years scouring research journals for information on restoring vital nutrients to our food. Her insights into the benefits of raising animals on pasture have been featured in scores of magazines, newspapers, and radio shows. Her new book, Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health, extends her expertise to reclaiming the lost nutrients of fruits and vegetables. She also grows rare vegetable varieties in her garden and believes that growing the most nutritious food in backyard gardens is the wave of the future.

More Details

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You'll have the opportunity to meet regional and national experts in the natural health arts and sciences, including herbalists, culinary artists, nutritionists and educators.

It's also a place to learn about Bastyr's programs in herbal sciences and holistic landscape design (permaculture).

Proceeds help Bastyr University students by contributing to campus garden improvements and supplies for herb and food cultivation classes.
Transportation and Parking

Visitors can park for free at the Kenmore Park and Ride (at 7346 N.E. Bothell Way) and take the free Bastyr shuttle directly to the Herb and Food Fair. The bus runs every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Limited parking is also available on campus for $5. Bastyr University is located at 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore, adjacent to St. Edward State Park. No event parking is permitted at St. Edward State Park.

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