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(Palo Alto, Calif.) – On the afternoon of April 30, 2016, the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) will host Taste of the Coast with POST, a community celebration and food festival honoring our locally grown food, the farms that provide it and the chefs that prepare it for us to enjoy. Protecting the farmlands that produce local food is at the heart of POST’s Farmland Futures Initiative, which aims to protect half the remaining farmland on the San Mateo County Coast. Sponsors for the event include W.L. Butler Construction, Risk Strategies, Fenwick and West LLP, Bon Appetit Management Company and Edible Silicon Valley.
Taste of the Coast with POST will take place at the beautiful Runnymede Sculpture Farm in Woodside, where guests can enjoy the vista of local open space while sampling delicious food from a variety of local farms and chefs. The event also provides a rare opportunity to view a portion of the open-air collection of contemporary art on the property.
The highlight of the event will be handcrafted tastes of food that are sourced locally and prepared by the area’s most celebrated culinary talents. Jesse Cool, of Flea Street Café, and Mark Sullivan, of the Village Pub, are just two of the renowned chefs being paired with local farmers and producers, such as Markegard Family Grass-Fed and Pie Ranch, to provide samplings of delicious farm fresh food. Peninsula based vintners and brew masters will be on hand to offer the perfect beverage pairings and to ensure all of the senses are delighted. A full list of participants is available at farmlandfutures.org/taste-coast-post.
Entertainment will include performances by contemporary-folk artist Megan Keely, children’s music performer Nancy Cassidy and line dancing to the sounds of the County Line Pickers. Guests will have the chance to learn more about the artistry and talents of participants through demonstrations, such as beekeeping from State Street Honey and the process of lavender distillation from Lavender Feels Forever. A panel discussion with the chefs and another with the farmers will also provide insight to participants about the local farm to table scene.
“Eating local food is one of the most direct ways that we can connect to our local land,” said Jennifer Lynch, Vice President of Advancement at POST. “When we launched our Farmland Futures Initiative to preserve local farmland on the San Mateo Coast, we wanted to spread the word about the important role local farms play in our environment, our communities and our local food shed. We felt that hosting an event like Taste of the Coast with POST, would be an excellent way to do that.”
To learn more and purchase tickets to this one-of-a-kind event, visit farmlandfutures.org/taste-coast-post. Space is limited. Single tickets are available for $65 and family tickets (2 adults and children under 18 years old) are available for $150.
About the Farmland Futures Initiative
POST’s Farmland Futures Initiative (farmlandfutures.org) seeks to triple the number of farms and farmland acres permanently protected for agriculture on the San Mateo Coast over the next decade. Meeting these goals will increase the number of farms protected on the San Mateo County coast from 11 to 33 and grow the total acreage of protected productive farmland from 750 to 2,250 acres.
About the Peninsula Open Space Trust
POST is a leading private, nonprofit land trust that protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,000 acres as permanent open space and parkland in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. openspacetrust.org
Contact: Blair Friedeman
Senior Manager, Communications
Phone: (650) 854-7696 x341
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 77,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.
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