Say what you will about chef/TV personality Jamie Oliver (believe me, we have all said it) he has done just about more than any contemporary cultural figure to engage Americans (across the board) in a frank discussion about how, and what, we eat. His Food Revolution reality-based show drew in roughly a bazillion viewers and got people talking about “pink slime” at least a year before it became categorically vilified (these things do take time, don’t they). Now the endearing Mr. Oliver is moving out of the virtual televised realm and taking his revolution to the streets with the first ever Food Revolution Day on May 19th – a global day of reckoning, celebration, education, and conversation all about food.
Unlike other food holidays (Thanksgiving, national hot dog day, pizza week, etc) this event, which will simultaneously be held in more than 500 cities in 57 countries around the world and promote healthy, informed, and sensible eating. It will consist of events ranging from private dinner parties, to cooking classes, farmer’s market tours and community potlucks to much larger food celebrations/spectacles.
Jamie Oliver, on his Food Revolution website, paints the day like this:
“Food Revolution Day is about getting people to focus on food issues and the importance of food education. We’ve got a whole host of amazing foodie events happening; taking place in homes and communities all around the world — on village greens and parks, in people’s houses, gardens and restaurants — there are no limits! Join us by cooking a lovely meal for your friends and family, taking a walk to a local farmers market and supporting the local producers, or you could just make a small change to your eating habits as a step towards a healthier lifestyle. No event is too little, every voice and every action counts.”
Arguably, When more than 1.5 billion adults worldwide are overweight and of those 200 million men and 300 million women are obese, a simple day may not satisfy our appetite for real revolution. But we all have to start somewhere, and sharing meals, awareness, and a mutual sense of purpose seems like a very sensible way to whet an appetite.
Are you going to celebrate Food Revolution Day, or is this something you just can’t get behind? How do you think a food revolution can take hold in your community? What are you doing this Saturday?
If you love good food and want to be a part of a day that is all about sharing information, talents and food-related resources, click here to get involved with Food Revolution Day.