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Free Community Children's Picnic and Real Food Fair

Celebrate picnic weather, children's heath, & real food this Sunday

By Jessi Cape, 3:47PM, Wed. Apr. 3, 2013

Free Community Children's Picnic and Real Food Fair

These rejuvenating rain showers will be replaced with sunshine and warm afternoons by this weekend - perfect picnic weather. This Sunday, April 7, 1pm-5pm, free community event The Children's Picnic and Real Food Fair takes place on the hills of the French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos).

The event also celebrates the 3rd anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, and families are encouraged to bring a blanket and engage with Austin's food community alongside their neighbors and new friends. Picnic lunches may be packed at home or gathered from a slew of wonderful local vendor samples and stocked items for purchase. Check out the event info from co-sponsor Edible Austin's website for a complete list of vendors, including HOPE Farmers Market vendors, The Soup Peddler, Zhi Tea, Good Pops, Green Corn Project, East Side Compost Pedallers, Imagination Playground, and many more.

Aside from dining alfresco on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the event includes a ton of fun activities promoting wellness, healthy eating and living for the whole family. Attendees can meet and talk to local farmers and wellness experts, plus participate in chef demos for tasty, healthy snacks. Participants in the “Create Your Own Square Foot Garden” activity will learn to plant a portable garden and take it home to grow. Sunday will also include a plant scavenger hunt, children's bicycle raffle, and informative speakers.

Two art exhibits will be on site: The Children and Their Food Exhibit, an emotionally-charged look at the correlation between children, health, and food; and historic images of African-American cooks that are also the basis of SANDE Project founder and event co-sponsor Toni Tipton-Martin's upcoming book The Jemima Code.

Bonus: At 5:30 pm, the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center (1165 Angelina) will host a free screening of Locavore: Local Diet, Healthy Planet.

Other details are included on the Facebook event page. See you there!

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