Eating healthy can raise questions such as, "Are crayons a fruit or a vegetable?" and "How many steaks does a growing baby need?" Answer culinary inquiries with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to the Conscious Food Festival (a $30 value; kids 12 and under get in for free). Choose between the following dates:
Saturday, August 13, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 14, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Conscious Food Festival, located on the historic grounds of Fort York, brings together local farmers and companies with an interest in sustainable food that is both locally and naturally grown. Local vendors, most from within a 100-mile radius of the festival, cook up delectable offerings, hand out samples during tastings, and weigh down hot air balloons with produce, retail products, wine, and beer. Cool off with dandelion ice cream from Mapleton's Organic Dairy, or quench thirst with lemon-tea beer from Mill Street Brewery. At ChocoSol's booth, hands wrap their elastic fingers around homemade corn tortillas topped with organic black beans.
Between nibbling eats, visitors can spontaneously undulate to local music and entertainment acts, peruse interactive exhibits, and observe chef and farmer demonstrations. Meanwhile, a schedule of open forums and conscious debates illuminates issues surrounding food sustainability and local, natural produce. The festival's booths blanket the Fort York National Historic Site.