farm tour: richardson’s farm dairy, 4/23/2017

Date: Sunday, April 23rd, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Richardson’s Farm Dairy, 2850 County Rd, Rockdale, TX 76567
Tickets: $18 tour and take home milk and cookies, $10 tour only, children 12 and under may attend for free

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(We’ve rescheduled the tour that was originally planned for last December.) Come enjoy a spring tour of the newly opened Richardson Farms dairy and see the milking process. After the tour, attendees will enjoy some fresh, raw milk from the farm and cookies from Sara’s Sweets. You can also take a quart of raw milk and cookies to enjoy at home. Bring a cooler to keep your milk cold for the drive home. Gluten-free cookies are available upon request. Please email jhdanehy@gmail.com to make a request.

The tour will be indoors, so this event is rain or shine. And, everyone will be welcome to make purchases at the farm store.

 

 

happy hour: dai due, 4/20/2017

Date: Thursday, April 20th, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Dai Due, 2406 Manor Road, Austin 78722
Cost: $10 suggested donation payable with cash or credit card

Spring is here, and we’re celebrating with our April Happy Hour at Dai Due! Dai Due is known for sourcing food that is “produced in a fair and equitable way, represents local culinary traditions, and supports farmers and ranchers who are striving to improve the quality of our food,” and we appreciate all they do for our local food system. In the spirit of supporting our local farms, this happy hour will be a fundraiser for Tecolote Farm as they rebuild following the Presidents’ Day storm. That storm caused an estimated $130,000 worth of damage. Join us on Thursday 4/20 to show support for a local farm as they work through repairs and continue growing beautiful food.

disco soup, 4/29/2017

Date: Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

Interested in ending food waste? Join us for Austin’s first ever Disco Soup on April 29 from 10AM-1PM at the SFC Downtown Farmers’ Market. Started by the Slow Food Youth Network, Disco Soup is a food waste awareness event, set to music, where undesirable and expired food from farms and groceries is recovered and made into hundreds of free meals for the public. Here and here are examples of Disco Soup events in France and England – they’re always very fun and funky. Austin’s Disco Soup will be a part of World Disco Soup Day, the largest food waste awareness event in the world; we will be one of a hundred Disco Soups happening around the world on April 29. Join the global fight to stop food waste!


Sign up to volunteer at Disco Soup here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZUBjvaONHjGkzMys1

 

Sustainable Food Center
The Sustainable Food Center is a non-profit organization working in Austin to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. To get involved with SFC’s work, sign up to volunteer at SFC, shop at their weekly Farmers’ Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and get tickets to their upcoming Homemade Sauerkraut, Honey Harvesting, Cooking with Herbs, and Knife Skills cooking classes. Join us at the SFC Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday, April 29 for Austin’s first ever Disco Soup!

double feature farm tour at f-stop farm and joe’s organics, 3/26/2017

Date: Sunday March 26th, 2:00 pm – 4:15pm
Location: Tour begins at F-Stop Farm, 3404 Cambridge Ct Austin, Texas
Cost: $25 for tours, take-home items from farms, and snack — $10 for tours and snack only Please purchase tickets online in advance.

Our March farm tour will be a double feature of two urban farms starting with F-Stop Farm and continuing at Joe’s Organics. We’ll start the tandem farm tour with F-Stop farm where Ryan Famau will show us around his growing, urban, yard garden and inspire you with his knowledge and experience to turn your own yard into a garden.  Ryan will send you home with a box of goodness, from his seasonal offerings.  Around 2:45 we will head over to Joe’s Organics for a tour to see how Joe Diffie has turned composting into a “sprouting” business!  Here we will enjoy a beautifully prepared vegetarian snack from Bento Picnic; using produce from both farms. You will also receive a “micro-buffet” of seasonal micro-greens to take home and enjoy from Joe’s Organics. It’s going to be lots of fun and informative; we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Attendees are invited to bring beverages.

slow session and happy hour at black star coop, 03/04/2017

Date: Saturday, March 4th 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Black Star Coop, 7020 Easy Wind Drive, Suite 100
Cost: Slow Session are always free, but reserve a spot here — for the happy hour, there will be a $10 suggested donation payable with cash or credit card

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This March we will visit Black Star Co-op, the world’s first cooperatively-owned brewpub, for an exclusive brewery tour and talk led by beer team leader Andy Martinec. We will get a chance to try their latest brew, Rebellious Dockhand, a sour mash porter made with a secondary fermentation of boysenberries.

Afterward, stay for a Slow Food happy hour starting at 3 pm. A suggested donation of $10 will support Black Star Coop and Slow Food Austin, and attendees will enjoy a selection of snacks. The chef will speak to us about Black Star’s commitment to local farmers. Select local craft beers will also be available at the special price of $3.

happy hour: hillside farmacy, 2/16/2017

Date: Thursday, February 16th, 5:000 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Hillside Farmacy, 1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Cost: $10 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit cards

Join us for our February happy hour at Hillside Farmacy where local farms are always supported. Enjoy cocktails, beer, wine, snacks, and the raw bar for a festive third Thursday. Donations will support Slow Food Austin programming and our scholarship program.

happy hour: vinaigrette, 1/19/2017

Date: Thursday, January 19th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Vinaigrette, 2201 College Ave,  Austin, Texas 78704
Cost: $10 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit cards

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We’re starting the new year with a fresh take for our January happy hour. Join us at Vinaigrette for their SaladBar cocktail menu including signature and classic cocktails, beer, and wine. Vinaigrette is known for their salads, soups, and sides that leave you feeling healthier, and they now have a farm in Bastrop to provide produce for the menu. Our third Thursday happy hour donations will support Slow Food Austin programming including our scholarship program.

scholarship: 2017 TOFGA conference

Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Slow Food Austin is offering a scholarship to the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) conference in Mesquite, Texas from January 12-14, 2017. This annual conference offers workshops and presentations on a variety of topics pertinent to the work of organic farmers and gardeners in Central Texas and organic advocates.
 The 3-day conference will include a day of pre-conference workshops and farm tours, and two days of learning sessions that will cover diverse topics including pest management techniques, marketing and distribution strategies, livestock and crop management, and food policy. The full schedule is available here. For additional information about the conference, please visit the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association website.
The scholarship will cover the cost of registration for the conference plus the Friday Banquet and Keynote and a travel stipend of $250– this does not include other pre-conference workshops or tours.
For an opportunity to win this scholarship, please submit the application below. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 23rd. The scholarship winner will be contacted directly by Slow Food Austin.
For any questions about this opportunity please contact Caitlin Watkins, Scholarships Coordinator (caitlin@slowfoodaustin.org).

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Beer and Cheese Tasting with 512 Brewing and Antonelli’s Cheese

Date: Thursday, December 1st, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: 512 Brewing Company, 407 Radam Lane, Austin, TX 78745
Tickets: $65 non-members, $55 Slow Food members, Purchase Online

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Join us on Thursday December 1st for our 7th Annual Beer and Cheese Tasting Event with (512) Brewing Company and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop! Charcuterie, breads, and more will accompany the beer and cheese pairings.

This has become a mainstay in our annual scheduling. A Beer and Cheese Pairing…an homage to the bi-annual event held in Bra, Italy by Slow Food International, CHEESE.

Proceeds benefit Slow Food Austin Programming including our Scholarship Program.

slow session: texas keeper cider, 10/30/2016

Date: Sunday, October 30th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Texas Keeper Cider, 12521 Twin Creeks Rd, Manchaca, Texas 78652
RSVP: Please claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

This month’s Slow Session will be at Texas Keeper Cider! Come visit this artisanal cidery’s taproom, tour the grounds and learn about their unique cidermaking process from cidermaker Nic. Afterward, sample current offerings… and bring cash to enjoy Guadalajaran fare from Tortas Ahogadas Texas, the on-site food trailer!

Reserve a free ticket to come enjoy a beautiful autumn Austin afternoon this Sunday… but spaces are limited so please be sure to only reserve a ticket if you are positive you can make it!! Questions? Email veronica@slowfoodaustin.org