On January 21st and 22nd, D.C. will host a stellar group of luminaries from the world of food and agriculture at the 1st Annual Food Tank Summit. Food Tank is a non-profit organization focused on finding sustainable solutions for our broken food system. The Summit, which is being held in partnership with The George Washington University, will bring together some of the best thinkers and innovators to discuss the current state of our food system and how it can be improved.
Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students from around the world will be in town to participate. The Summit will include panels on food waste, urban agriculture, family farmers, workers in the food system, true cost accounting, democratizing innovation, and much more.
Brian Halweil, the editor in chief of Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End, Edible Long Island, and Edible Manhattan magazines as well as author of Eat Here: Finding Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, will be there to talk discuss the importance of family farmers. “I’m thrilled to talk about the important role family farmers play in not just producing food, but preserving biodiversity, protecting natural resources, and increasing resilience in the food system,” says Halweil.
And Edible DC’s Susan Able will be co-hosting a reception with Food Tank at Farmers, Fishers, and Bakers. Able feels that this may be one of the most important food system conferences this year, and was honored to participate saying “Food Tank’s mission is in line with what we do at Edible DC—put a face and voice to the farmers, fishers, livestock keepers, and food artisans who produce the food we enjoy every day. We’re excited to partner with an organization who is telling stories of hope and success in the food system.”
Tickets for the Summit sold out months ago, but Food Tank is offering a free livestream of the event. You can sign up for the livestream on their website www.foodtank.com.
Food Tank’s reception will be held on January 21st and will feature delicious and sustainable food from Fishers, Farmers, and Bakers. The dinner is sold out, but there are still tickets for the reception. Washington Post Food and Dining Editor Joe Yonan, Chef Jose Andres, and Farmers Restaurant Group Founding Partner Dan Simons will all be speaking at the event. Tickets for the reception are still available for on Food Tank’s website www.foodtank.com