Philadelphia celebrates Food Day

Philadelphia will celebrate Food Day Monday.

But it’s not an excuse to eat a cheese steak. In fact, Food Day is a nationwide event to promote healthy, sustainable agriculture and nutrition.

And while the day may be a national event, the focus is local, according to Danielle Nierenberg, the director of Nourishing the Planet, a Washington D.C.-based environmental research program.

“Food Day is being celebrated in many different ways all over the United States. From community dinners in places like Sioux City, Iowa, to restaurant tastings in San Francisco … to farming forums in Philadelphia,” she said.

Amanda Wagner, food policy coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, said national and local experts will be talking about food and farm policy–and how that impacts people in Philadelphia.

It’s just one event on a list of almost 200. There are hunger symposiums, a produce-packing workshop, apple cider pressing–even beer tasting.

Despite its name, Food Day events in Philly have been taking place since Oct. 15, and will continue through Saturday.

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