Wake Robin celebrates Food Day

Residents, staff, and guests enjoy a cooking competition at Wake Robin’s Food Day last week.

Residents, staff, and guests enjoy a cooking competition at Wake Robin’s Food Day last week.

Wake Robin celebrated Food Day on Thursday, Oct. 24. In doing so, Wake Robin was joining communities and organizations nationwide in both a celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

The day-long event for residents, staff, and guests included a Food Fare – featuring 20 local exhibitors – and presentations by representatives from Vermont Feed, Vermont Fresh Network, Hunger Free Vermont, and Rural Vermont. A cooking competition for residents and staff, a specialty butchering demonstration, and a local foods sampling dinner rounded out the day.

The brainchild of Wake Robin’s Food Day event was Dining Director Kathleen King. “Food Day is a great way to highlight Wake Robin’s commitment to healthy food in healthcare, a growing worldwide movement. It’s an opportunity to highlight fresh, local foods, the farms and small businesses that produce them, and the policies and programs that make this movement possible,” King explained.

Though Food Day was a successful one-day celebration, preparing meals with locally-sourced food for Wake Robin residents and staff every day is something King views as a real calling. “Fresh food just tastes better, and residents appreciate that. It’s important to their health and well-being … and supporting local agriculture is an important way to make sure fresh food is always available.”

For more information about Food Day festivities, visit www.WakeRobin.com.

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