• Kids Food Festival In Bryant Park

    This Free All-Weekend Fest Is Guaranteed To Satisfy Your Hunger

    By Elizabeth Raymond

    Need plans this weekend? Bring the family over to Bryant Park for a free
    festival that will revolutionize the way you view food. This first ever Kids
    Food Festival
    (January 21-22, 10am-6pm) is just what the doctor ordered
    when it comes to turning your kids into happy and healthy eaters. —

    Growing gourmands will get to dart from stand to stand for
    the Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt (based on USDA guidelines!). Kids will get to
    see, feel and sample foods in every group before returning with a goody bag
    filled with healthful booty. There are also hands-on cooking demos to turn your
    picky eaters into future Food Network stars plus family performances by favorites
    like Joanie Leeds and Super Sprowtz. Also, be sure to head over to Citi Pond
    for some free figure-eights.

    But the Kids Food Festival is way more than just a yummy
    time
    —it’s fundamentally grounded in helping to stomp out childhood obesity and
    hunger through the education and promotion of sensible food choices. In fact, a
    percentage of the festival’s proceeds will go straight to the Share Our
    Strength
    campaign—a nonprofit organization working tirelessly to end childhood
    hunger in America. 

    THE EVENT ROSTER: A
    SNEAK PEEK
    Note: These are ticketed events. At
    the James Beard Foodie Pavillion, Children are $25/each, 2 free adults. At the Kids
    Performance Area, Adults are $25/each, 2 free children.

    Saturday, January 21
    10am:
    Kristin O’Connor’s workshop on
    Allergy-Free Cooking (James Beard)
    1pm:
    David Burke gets his f-u-n on
    with crepes (James Beard)
    3pm:
    Tristin and Tyler teach how to
    make great snack time choices with Cricket Azima (James Beard)

    Sunday, January 22
    10am
    : Bilingual Birdies delights
    with English and Spanish tunes (Kids Performance)
    12pm:
    Joanie Leeds performs (Kids
    Performance)
    1pm:
    Ellie Krieger reinvents the
    meaning of breakfast with Mango-Stuffed Challah French Toast (James Beard)

    For a full list of the
    weekend’s events, click here.

    Want to get a culinary jumpstart on the weekend? Crank up some tunes and whip
    up this fun and fruity salsa with the kids.

    Fresh, Flavorful and
    Fun Salsa

    By Cricket Azima

    INGREDIENTS

    4 tomatoes
    1 cup strawberries
    1 mango
    2 kiwi
    1 seedless cucumber
    2 different colored bell peppers
    1 15.5-ounce can of cannellini beans
    1 8-ounce can corn
    1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
    2 limes
    olive oil, to taste
    salt and pepper, to taste
    chips (baked chips for a healthier option)

    INSTRUCTIONS
    1- Dice
    tomatoes, strawberries, mango, kiwi, cucumber and peppers and place in a medium
    mixing bowl.
    2- Add
    beans and corn to the bowl and stir together.
    3- Tear
    or chop cilantro leaves and add to the bowl.
    4- Dress
    salsa with lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and eat
    with chips!

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