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October 5, 2013 Driftless Fare

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM First annual local foods festival Delicious Driftless Fare to be held October 5th Noon to 6pm. Folklore Village and SWWRPC collaborate to bring regional event to Folklore Village. Learn more at http://www.deliciousdriftlessfare.org/

The Delicious Driftless Fare is a regional event, with a focus on local foods, farmers, and their products: the goal is to connect anyone interested in local foods, supporting local farmers and the regional food economy, or simply interested in healthy, delicious foods. Presentations, panel discussions, and workshops will provide hands-on learning experiences, highlighting the growing and preparing of local foods in the Driftless area of southwestern Wisconsin.

The Delicious Driftless Fare will be a one-day event, held during harvest season on Saturday, October 5th at Folklore Village, near Dodgeville. In addition to workshops and panel discussions, the Fare will feature, art, music, and samples from local producers including, Queen Bee Honey and the Driftless Market. Steven Deller, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UW-Madison, will speak about understanding the changing dynamics of the local foods economy, and identifying local economic strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities at 1:00 pm in Farwell Hall. A panel discussion about the regional food economy will follow the keynote.

The Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SWWRPC) and Folklore Village are partnering to organize this inaugural event. As Troy Maggied, Planning Manager at the SWWRPC explained, “We're excited to partner with Folklore Village on this event. Delicious Driftless is a continuation of the work we've been doing with our regional partners to promote local foods and our region's unique culture. The project compliments our mission to create economic opportunity and support innovation in Southwestern Wisconsin.”

According to Ricky Rolfsmeyer, Executive Director of Folklore Village, "Southwest Wisconsin has become a gathering place for artists and food entrepreneurs. Southwest Wisconsin is and has always been an entrepreneurial place. A large percentage of the region's workforce is self-employed, many in agriculture, and we want to reinforce their importance to the economic well-being of the Driftless Area. Folklore Village is actually the old Farwell farm, so it seemed to be a natural place to celebrate the region's family farms.”

To support the Delicious Driftless Fare focus, Grassroots Citizens of Wisconsin will be sponsoring a movie night at the Mineral Point Opera house on October 4th at 6:30pm. Admission to the movie will be free; however donations will be accepted in support of the Delicious Driftless Fare. There will be a book sale and signing of Super Snacks for Super Kids. Healthy snacks made from recipes in the book will also be sold. All proceeds from the books and snacks will support the Fare. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion led by Kriss Marion of Circle M Farms, and a reception at the Grey Dog Deli with local wine and cheese.

The Delicious Driftless Fare is one of four projects selected to receive staff support to implement the goals of the Grow Southwest Wisconsin plan through the Grow Southwest Capacity Building Assistance program, administered by SWWRPC. Projects were selected in February, from throughout the region, to contribute to the implementation of goals from across nine topic areas. This festival will address the three Grow Southwest Wisconsin overarching regional priorities:

•Improve regional collaboration, communication, and awareness of resources in Southwestern Wisconsin
•Brand and market the unique character and attractions of Southwest Wisconsin
•Preserve, sustain, and manage Southwestern Wisconsin’s agricultural and natural resources

The goal of the Grow Southwest Wisconsin Capacity Building Assistance program is to assist local communities in launching projects that will move the community and region towards achievement of the Grow Southwest Wisconsin goals. For more information on Grow Southwest Wisconsin please visit www.growsouthwest.org

Please contact Kassi Nadig at (608)3428-5055 or [email protected] with questions.

Folklore Village is a nationally recognized folk arts and culture center dedicated to enriching lives through time honored traditions. Folklore Village is a south west Wisconsin treasure full of beautiful scenery, hiking trails and offers a playground to the youngsters in the area. Since 1968 thousands of people of all ages have come to Folklore Village to gather with friends, meet new people, to eat, dance, sing and play.

SWWRPC provides intergovernmental planning and coordination in the areas of economic development, community planning, and transportation for Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland counties. For more information, please visit www.swwrpc.org or call the SWWRPC office at 608-342-1636.


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