This March 1st and 2nd, families will cook, dance, laugh and taste their way to making balanced food choices. At the Kids Food Festival in Bryant Park (presented by The Creative Kitchen) kids engage all five senses through hands-on, food-related activities.
Enthusiastic eaters and little epicures alike can attend hands-on cooking classes at the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion, where renowned chefs including Candice Kumai, Jehangir Mehta and Carla Hall pass on their recipes, skills and love for all things culinary to a new generation of learners. To purchase cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion, click here.
The Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt is the core educational element of the festival. To complete the hunt, kids bounce between exhibitors and activities to sample tasty, wholesome snacks while learning the importance of achieving balance in their food choices. Families will also enjoy live musical performances, a disco dance party, fitness workshops and more, with each of the activities relaying special messages about healthful eating.
The founder of The Kids Food Festival and The Creative Kitchen, Cricket Azima, has a passion for providing cooking classes to children in New York. In 2012, we gave away a copy of her book Everybody Eats Lunch to an attendee of Eat Play Local Day at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
“The Kids Food Festival is wonderful because it combats the very serious issue of childhood obesity in such a fun and effective way,” Cricket explains. “Through the festival, we get to reach thousands of families in one weekend, and that in itself is incredible.”
Want to win a free ticket to a hands-on cooking class in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion? We’re giving away one ticket for a child and their adult companion to the Fresh, Flavorful and Fun Salsa class with Cricket at noon on March 1. For a chance to win, email your favorite kid-friendly recipe to Marissa[at]EdibleManhattan[dot]com.