Fruity faces, healthy pancakes and even kangaroo stew were available for the community to enjoy at the Forbes Food Revolution Day held last Friday at the Church in the Schoolyard.
Most of the visitors were children from lo- cal schools who came to try different foods with their friends.
They also got to dig their hands into buckets of compost with Netwaste’s Sue Clarke, and taste different kinds of olives as Marg Applebee from Landcare explained how they are grown.
Between activities, the kids lined up for spray-on tattoos, courtesy of Neighbourhood Central volunteers.
This is the fourth time organisers Lucy Pearce and Maree Yapp have run the annual event.
“I believe in teaching kids from a very young age to make healthy choices,” said Lucy, who is the local Food Revolution Am- bassador.
Maree, from Schools as Community Centres (SaCC), is passionate about food security and land care.
“I’m interested in the whole cycle of food,” she said. “And between us, we’re trying to extend the message about eating healthy right through the year.”
During May, Maree and Lucy also run Real Food Tasting sessions, which aim to encourage children between the ages of three and eight to try different fruits and vegetables.
This year, they expect to reach over 800 local children.
“We get so much feedback from parents about kids that have always refused to eat fruit or vegetables suddenly deciding that, because they’ve tried it at school with their friends, they eat fruit and vegetables now,” said Lucy.
To find out more about Food Revolution or the Real Food Tasting program visit the Facebook page, contact Maree Yapp at SaCC on 6852 3008, or Lucy Pearce on 6851 5809.
By Rochelle Bright