Junior foodies show off their skills
Junior food critics and chefs in the making infiltrated the popular Christchurch Farmer's Market showing of their culinary talents yesterday.
The Children's Food Festival, held at Riccarton House and Bush Grounds, is a weekend-long celebration of food and cooking devoted to young people, which includes setting up stalls at the farmer's market and today's artisan market.
Events manager Holly Andrews said about 2000 people had participated in Saturday's events, which included sell-out cooking lessons.
"The aim of the Children's Food festival is to educate children and get them involved in food by learning about fresh, local, healthy food. And to encourage them to eat, cook, make, grow and bake. In an age when fast food is all too readily available to our young people, there has never been a better time for kids to embrace real, healthy food."
Patrons and Christchurch chefs Jamie Bennett and Sam Marchant hosted cooking demonstrations "with a difference", so junior foodies could get hands-on with chopping, stirring, smelling and tasting, she said.
"By getting the kids involved, they aim to send them home with a renewed understanding and appreciation for cooking."
Children also were taught about growing healthy vegetables and were able to plant seedlings in planter boxes, she said.
Across the weekend, budding entrepreneurs were offered the opportunity to run their own stalls at the popular market days. The children were encouraged to grow, make or bake products, set up their stall, design their signage, talk with customers, complete transactions and enjoy themselves.
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