Addressing the pressing food desert issue in the urban community while creating a free, fun, family-centric annual event? Definitely a win-win!
All are welcome at the Fresh Fest Cleveland: Urban Arts, Culture, and Music Fest, a community event focused on providing fresh food options for urban Cleveland at Rid-All Urban Farm and Otter Park. Aiming to unite community members from all over Northeast Ohio, promote cultural unity, showcase locally grown foods, and lift up the farm space venue to showcase an authentic cultural creative place, Fresh Fest Cleveland offers fun for everyone.
Educational workshops and demonstrations, kids’ activities, musical performances, food and art vendors, and more are on the roster for Saturday, September 7, from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Tunes will be courtesy of headliner Hip Hop DJ and recording artist Biz Markie, best known for his sensational single, “Just a Friend.” Featured musical guests include local artists Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band, DJ Red-1, The Katy, and FreshProduce.
The public festival is a culmination of a 10-year partnership of Environmental Health Watch (EHW), Rid-All and the Kresge Foundation’s FreshLo, a national food, arts, and culture initiative. The team has spent the past three years planning and implementing a youth leadership curriculum, cultivating relationships, and activating places and spaces in the community. Their focus has been on four pillars: Health and Healing, Entrepreneurship, Performance Arts, and Community Development.
Attracting visitors from all over Northeast Ohio, Rid All Farm’s goals are to showcase its sustainable community development model and to create regional and county-wide support for minority artists and entrepreneurs in Cleveland.
“We have had great experiences working in the community, connecting with youth and resident leaders who have helped shape our FreshLo initiative,” states Kim Foreman, Executive Director of EHW. “We partner with the community and also bridge to other neighborhoods in broader suburban communities, hoping to bring folks out.”
The festival will feature food trucks, chef tasting, health and wellness activities, and indoor and outdoor interactive children’s activities. Lolly the Trolly will provide free tours of the green infrastructure projects from 10 a.m. to noon.
To find out more about this event and youth program details, visit freshfestcleveland.com. Then, on September 7, stop in at Rid-All Urban Farm to join in the community celebration!