The 10th annual Vancouver Sustenance Festival is officially underway, which brings together community groups, artists and advocates using food and art to cultivate dialogue, celebrate traditions and push for social change.
Taking place all over the city, the varied events are led by local community centres and non-profit groups and either feature free or low cost admission.
The Sustenance Festival gets people thinking about how and why we eat the way we do, in a fun and creative format,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon.
“What is so different about this festival is the way we engage with a range of diverse, underrepresented communities. Food is core to many cultural identities and ideas like reducing waste or conserving water are embedded in many cultural practices outside of a Western environmental paradigm.”
Examples of programming include a lesson in Korean Cooking workshop (Oct. 5 at Killarney Community Center, $15); a how-to on growing Japanese fall vegetables (Oct. 6 at West End Community Centre, $13/50+ free); learning about the sharing economy (Oct. 10 at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, free); a vegetarian potluck observing the Jewish autumn holiday Sukkot (Oct. 19 at Or Shalom Synagogue, free).
Kicking things off last month was the Feasting for Change Exhibition at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yaletown, exploring themes of regeneration in relation to wild salmon and holistic perspectives on food, culture and healing.
The festival runs until Oct. 26, wrapping up with an evening of guest speakers, storytelling and a three-course meal at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex on Vanness Avenue. For a complete list of what’s going on, visit sustenancefestival.ca.