Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution continues to be a friend of the Kids Food Festival, sharing a common mission of better eating for kids through food education. The Kids Food Festival is grateful for their support.
When kids are immersed in enjoyable activities, they absorb and retain information more effectively. For example, the more children have fun cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables, the more likely they are to appreciate these healthier ingredients. This is a shared value between Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and The Creative Kitchen. The Creative Kitchen fosters this philosophy and expands upon it in their hands-on children’s cooking classes, events and activities. The Kids Food Festival, presented by The Creative Kitchen, is an important event that brings the philosophy of learning through fun to a wide family audience. The Kids Food Festival is once again returning to NYC’s Bryant Park for a weekend full of family-friendly events on March 5th and March 6th! Families will cook, dance, laugh, and taste their way to making balanced food choices!
At the Kids Food Festival, kids engage all five senses through hands-on, food-related activities. The magic of the festival is rooted in the fact that kids are having so much fun participating in flavorful activities, they don’t even realize how much they are learning! Enthusiastic eaters and little epicures alike can attend hands-on cooking classes at the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion, where renowned chefs pass on their recipes, skills, and love for all things culinary to a new generation of learners. The Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt (based on USDA ChooseMyPlate.gov guidelines) is the core educational component of the Festival. To complete the hunt, kids bounce between exhibitors and activities to sample tasty, wholesome snacks while learning the importance of achieving balance in their food choices. Families will enjoy live musical performances, a disco dance party, fitness workshops, and more, with each of the activities relaying special messages about healthful eating!
Cricket Azima, founder of the Kids Food Festival and Big Cheese of The Creative Kitchen, has a passion for cooking with kids. In fact, The Creative Kitchen teaches kids about healthful eating in her hands-on cooking classes in New York City throughout the year. Recently, their cooking curricula, Everybody Can Cook was published in effort to allow both general and special education instructors to bring hands-on cooking classes to children of all abilities, ages 2 and up, in their own classrooms. Training workshops by The Creative Kitchen are offered in addition to Everybody Can
Cook in order to teach and empower instructors to teach fun hands-on cooking classes to children of all ages and abilities. Both the training sessions and Everybody Can Cook are designed to create a positive relationship between children and food. All the recipes and lesson plans feature colorful fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Everybody Can Cook emphasizes the philosophy that the more comfortable kids are with their foods, the more likely they are to eat it and enjoy it!
Kids and their families will definitely enjoy the Kids Food Festival on March 5th and March 6th at NYC’s Bryant Park. General admission to the event is free, and tickets to the hands-on cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion can be purchased here.