“In its 10th year in Seattle the Green Festival celebrated 1 million attendees and all that is good and green. Green Festival is the largest sustainability-focused event in the U.S. and folks learned about everything from GMO’s and organics to solar and urban composting options. People also came out to hear from well-known sustainability experts including Dennis Kucinich, Ed Humes, and Zoe Weil.”
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“The Seattle Green Festival is almost here, and here are some things to know before you go:
You can purchase your tickets online at www.greenfestivals.org and get a discounted admission. Or you can purchase your tickets at the door of theQwest Field Event Center on the day of the event. When you purchase your tickets, you’ll receive GF Bucks for either dining or shopping at over 300 exhibits. Online tickets are $10 for one day/$15 for two, and you’ll receive $5 back in GF Bucks. Tickets at the door are $15 for one day/$25 for two, and you’ll also receive $5 in GF Bucks in return.
Children under 18 get into the festival free. Discounts are available for students, seniors, cyclists or public transit riders. Government employees who show their ID also get in free. Cyclists can use the complimentary Green Festival Bike Valet Service on Occidental.
Speakers will have their books available for purchase at the Green Festivals Official Bookstore (sponsored by University Bookstore). Authors signing at the bookstore will include: Amy Goodman, David Korten, and John Perkins.”
“Charles Earnest attended early Green Festivals when he lived in San Francisco. After moving home to Bellevue six years ago, the marketing professional and Microsoft contractor served as a catalyst for bringing the nation’s premier sustainability event to the Pacific Northwest.
Now in its fourth year in Seattle, the Green Festival will be held in a new location at Qwest Event Center, May 21-22. It features some 300 eco-friendly exhibitors and 125 speakers, many of whom hail from the Puget Sound region.
“Frankly, we have all sorts of sustainable events, but nothing of this scale,” said Earnest, who serves as a host committee member and volunteer. “As a promotion, however, the goal is to get new people in the door – to attract people who have never before stepped in a green event.”’
“Families visiting the Green Kids Zone at Green Festival Chicago 2011 on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 can enjoy a variety of physical, creative, and educational play activities, as well as lively entertainment presented on stage. On Saturday, this area was bustling with happy children doing everything from making newspaper shark fins at the Discover the Depths table to singing along with The Chicago School of Blues on stage. When taking a break from learning about the eco-friendly products on display at the rest of the festival, families can stop by the Green Kids Zone to learn about the natural world in the following fun and playful ways.”
“Visitors to Green Festival Chicago 2011 can learn about Mr. Ellie Pooh elephant dung paper, used by this eco-friendly fair trade company to craft gifts and other products to try to help the plight of elephants in Sri Lanka. The company’s line of merchandise includes a special children’s story book that explains the situation in a child-friendly way, as well as organic cotton T-shirts and baby onesies that continue to spread the company’s message with a funny “Poo happens…” slogan.”
Organic Food Club, Inc., dba Taste-A-Thon has over 35 years experience in the organic and natural food industry. We have strived to gain exposure in the desirable and highly targeted Green and sustainable market by providing the public with the opportunity to “taste before they buy” (our motto) at mass-marketed events, schools and farmer’s markets.
The Taste-A-Thon concept has been a lively and popular attraction for over twenty-three years. We are proud of the fact that our booths are consistently busy with people waiting to taste and sample our foods throughout the day. Taste-A-Thons are located in cities where retail merchants sell the products we sample. In addition, by handing out product information and coupons, this is a powerful way to increase the retailer’s customer base.
Recently, we have implemented www.OrganicFoodClub.com, an Amazon (online) Store, conveniently organized for an easy accessible shopping experience. One click and you can select over 30 alphabetized categories, ranging from baby products to sweeteners and syrups, including dips & spreads, snack bars, energy beverages and gluten free cookies, etc. Amazon’s healthy organic product pricing is practically impossible to match due to their massive economies of scale. We urge you to check our low prices and compare to where you buy your healthy organic products now.
Our involvement in the Green Festivals began in 2007 in San Francisco, CA, and we have since participated each year. This month at the Chicago Green Festival, we will be sampling products from the following companies:
- Santa Cruz Organic / RW Knudsen (organic juices, sodas, peanut butter, jelly and applesauce);
- Lisanatti Foods (alternative organic soy and almond-based cheeses);
- Lifeway Foods (local organic / natural kefir beverages);
- Follow Your Heart / Earth Island (vegan soy organic cream cheese, salad dressings, mayonnaise, cheeses);
- Alvarado Street Bakery (organic sprouted variety of breads and bagels);
- Tiny Mighty Popcorn (organic popcorn);
- Raw Indulgence (organic fruit and nut snack bars);
- Food For Life Bakery (organic gluten free english muffins, cereals and veggie burgers);
- Earth Friendly Products (plant-based household cleaning products);
- Lundberg Family Farms (organic rice cakes and chips);
- San-J (organic tamari samples and sauces);
- Sunshine Burger (organic vegan burgers);
- Michael Seasons Natural Snacks (organic corn curls and chips);
- Dr. Kracker (assorted organic flatbread crackers); and
- Others to come.
Our newest company, Taste Marketing, Inc. dba Organic Produce Box has created a fundraising opportunity for schools, organizations, businesses, or an individual. This program makes it possible to conveniently purchase certified organic produce that is affordable and fresher than store bought. We are currently looking for new pickup locations for a minimum of 25 people / families to order these boxes. Please visit www.organicproducebox.com for more information, or contact 773-331-0260. Stop by the Taste-A-Thon booth.
Finally, we have aligned our efforts with community action/non-profit organizations such as Farm Aid and the Organic Farming Research Foundation. It is through their generous donations that we continue to create fundraising campaigns which set us apart from any other consumer direct marketing company. We are extremely pleased with our donation concept, as it has raised thousands of dollars over the last several years.
For more information contact:
Ed Kugler, Taste-a-thon Founder