Billing itself as the “world’s fair” of the heirloom industry, the National Heirloom Exposition will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California from Sept. 13-15, 2011.
Supported by firms “passionate about heirlooms and pure foods,” the three-day event will feature over 250 vendors, plus speakers, workshops, films, tours, and, of course, FOOD – the all natural, organic, pure kind that farmers and gardeners have reared or raised for ages.
Over 60 speakers, including Dr. Vandana Shiva, Alice Waters and Jeffrey Smith, will offer ongoing training, workshops and presentations.
“We want a world of biodiversity, of safe seed and food, of seed sovereignty and food sovereignty,” Dr. Shiva told Susan Audrey. “That is why I will be coming to the National Heirloom Exposition, because it is defending our future.”
Be sure to catch the garden art show, the livestock show, and the giant produce contest, while tasting samples, watching demos, bidding on auction items that benefit school gardens, and listening to music.
“If you grow produce, whether on acres of land or even a small raised bed, we invite you to join in the fun by displaying your produce at the event and to be a part of culinary and agricultural history,” organizers said.
Those interested in participating as vendors, exhibitors, speakers, etc., can contact them here.
The event runs from 11 am to 9 pm all three days and admission is $10. Those 17 and under get in free.