With the end of summer (at least on the calendar), fall food festivals and events are being scheduled throughout the county. Some are well-known and highly anticipated and some are new:
Jochen Esser of GourmetTruckExpo.com is putting together an event for West Palm Beach. He has the place: the Village Commons Shopping Center on Village Boulevard, just north of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. He’s waiting for a date, however. He’s aiming to bring his food truck caravan to the plaza on September 14 at 5:30 p.m.; stay tuned to this space and his website for details.
The West Palm Beach Greenmarket is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 season. But you need to hurry, because applications are due by September 6. Requirements are pretty strict (produce farmers must grow fresh products, and grow from seeds, cuttings or transplants; plant producers/nursery owners must start plants from seeds, cuttings or plants and have sole ownership of their establishment). Farmers, produce resellers, bakers, confectioners, sellers of dairy, meat, seafood and poultry, flower and plant sellers, restaurant owners and gourmet chefs can all apply. You can get an application here. The market begins Saturday, October 15 and continues through Saturday, April 14.
Wellington attempted a greenmarket a few years ago, but the results were mixed, to say the least. The early response was enthusiastic, but the market lacked long-term support from townn government, and did not survive. But it’s back this year, beginning Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd. The market will be operated with help from Peter Robinson, who runs the Lake Worth Farmers Market, and will feature fresh produce, flowers, collectibles and equestrian-related items for sale. Live music is also planned to entertain shoppers. For more information about the market, or to become a vendor, call Robinson at (561) 283-5856.
The Palm Beach Gardens Greenmarket’s “Jury Day” for for new artisans and crafters is coming up on Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Burns Road Recreation Center, 4404 Burns Road. Applications for new and returning vendors are also available. Cal T.A. Wyner at (561) 722-6435 for more information. The market opens Sunday, Oct. 9 at 8 a.m. and continues through Sunday, May 12, 2012.
Lake Park’s Second Annual Seafood Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 12 from noon to 5 p.m. downtown along Park Avenue. Plenty of grouper, snapper, shrimp and conch will be served, along with music, crafts and children’s activities. For more information, or to become a vendor, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s something for the food lover or producer no matter where you go in the county. Whether you want to spend money on good local food, or make some extra money creating food products, the “eating season” is definitely here!