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Pesto Festo Updates

August 13th, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (13 Comments)

Slow Food Tennessee Valley is proud to announce our sixth annual Pesto Festo. This year’s event will be held at Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm and will feature a multiple-course, locally-sourced meal by chef Ben Willis-Becker, formerly of Harry’s Delicatessen, currently of Native Foods!

Activities include a silent auction with great items from local businesses, chair massage, farm tour, kids activities, cornhole, a pesto contest, and live music.

Cruze Farm, Old City Java, and Underground Brewing Company will be giving out samples. Local bluegrass band Check Engine will be providing our live music.

Doors open at 4 p.m., with dinner being served at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $45 for Slow Food members, $50 for non-members, $10 for children 5-12, and children under 5 get in free.

We strive to limit the waste at all of our events. Please bring your own place setting. This is also a BYOB event. Please bring your own beverage.

If you are bringing a pesto to be entered into the contest, please bring at least one pint.

582600_437477969616444_2143747569_nSlow Food Tennessee Valley’s 6th Annual Pesto Festo at Erin’s Meadow Herb Garden in Clinton, TN.  An herb inspired dinner will be served by Chef Ben Willis. The event goes from 4-9pm on Saturday, September 7.  Dinner is served at 6pm.  We will have farm tours, chair massage, yoga, corn hole, a bluegrass band, kids activities and more.

Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members.  Buy tickets at area farmers markets in August or

Contact us at or 865-322-9395


Another weekend, another fabulous event for SlowFood Tennessee Valley! Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm hosted a Plant and Plate Event that included an instructional class on edible and medicinal herbs, a garden and greenhouse tour and a cooking demo with an herbal lunch and cocktail.


The Lavender Festival, in conjunction with the Oak Ridge Farmers Market, was a great event this year. Slow Food members handed out samples of lemon blueberry pound cake with a lavender glaze and demonstrated how to make a lavender spritzer. We found lots of interest in sharing our good, clean and fair ideas with the people of Oak Ridge and had some fun doing it.


Slow Food Tennessee Valley was proud to send a delegate to this year’s National Congress in New Orleans from May 16-19. The information was great, the workshops informative, the food fantastic, and the camaraderie unforgettable. Pictures are worth 1,000 words, so…

Crescent City Farmers Markey

Crescent City Farmers Market

The whole group at Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard

The whole group at Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard

Here are a few around town. This list is by no means complete, but it will get you started. Strawberries are here!

Market Square Farmers Market- The Market Square Farmers’ Market is a open-air farmers’ market located on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Visit the Market Square Farmers’ Market every Wednesday from 11am to 2pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm, May though November on historic Market Square. With interactive fountains, delicious local food and entertainment, the MSFM is a perfect family destination.

University of Tennessee Farmers Market- open Wednesdays 4-7pm from May 15 through October 23 at the UT Gardens off of Neyland Drive.

New Harvest Park Farmers Market- Held each Thursday from 3 pm-6 pm, April through November. This market features locally grown produce, meats, artisan food products, plants, herbs, flowers, crafts and much more. Located at 4775 New Harvest Lane Knoxville, Tennessee 37918.

FARM Markets, Knoxville and Oak Ridge- East Tennessee Farmers Association for Retail Marketing (FARM) is a non-profit established by farmers in 1976. FARM operates the Knoxville Farmers Market and Oak Ridge Farmers Market. Located at 984 Raccoon Valley Road, 37807.

Want great coffee at home? Want to learn from the best? Then attend this Slow Food class led by local coffee professional Shaun Parrish of Old City Java.

Shaun will cover a variety of topics, including:
· Reading the cues on a bag of coffee to judge quality, freshness, and why origin matters
· Proper ways to handle and store your coffee
· Brewing with 3 different manual methods + equipment advice

Saturday, March 23 from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Birdhouse (Neighborhood Center) located at 800 N. 4th Avenue.

The class will be a mixture of instruction, hands-on brewing, and Q&A session. The cost is $15 for Slow Food members, $20 for non-members, and all class attendees get a $10 gift certificate to Old City Java.

Email to reserve your spot ASAP; this is a small class so space is limited!

March 7, 14, 21, 28 (7-9pm)- “Menu for the Future” reading and discussion group led by Laura Smith; a collection of essays from the Northwest Earth Institute exploring the connection between food and sustainability. Essay contributors include Wendell Berry, Frances Moore Lappé, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Pollan, and more.

We will explore food systems and their impacts on culture, society and ecological systems and gain insight into agricultural and individual practices that promote personal and ecological well-being while considering your role in creating or supporting sustainable food systems.

Classes on the 7th, 21st and 28th will be at Cafe 4′s upstairs library. Class on the 14th will be at the Gigmark offices next to River Sports at Volunteer Landing.

"Menu for the Future" by the Northwest Earth Institute

Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members and includes the price of your book. Scholarships are available if you are experiencing a financial hardship and would like to participate. Limited spaces available! Email to sign-up and make arrangements to get your book or to request a scholarship.

Congrats to Dale Mackey, who won with a picture of Pork Belly Sliders with Sorghum from Chez Liberty! Our Facebook friends were invited to post a photo of their favorite meal from a locally-owned restaurant on our Facebook page between Feb 1 and Feb 8. Dale’s photo had the most “likes,” resulting in winning a $50 gift certificate to the Plaid Apron in Knoxville.

The winning photo: pork belly sliders with sorghum at Chez Liberty.

Join us for our first potluck of 2013 at The Birdhouse from 6pm-8pm. With winter upon us, the theme for this potluck is “sharing your preserved local foods”, so bring a dish made with a canned, frozen, dried or otherwise preserved local food.

Canned goods

Home canned goods.

As always, if you don’t have time to bring a dish, bring $5 to donate. And remember to bring your own place setting and beverage.

Our guest speaker will be Fiona McAnally, who will speak on heirloom seeds and historic aspects of seed saving in and around Knoxville, TN. McAnally is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee. She was a manager for UT’s farmer’s market and has recently received a position as statewide coordinator for Tennessee’s food policy council.

800 North 4th Avenue, Knoxville, Tn 37917