'Food and Farm Icon' Joel Salatin to Keynote 5th Food Symposium

Cake Bake-Off and 'Beyond Nutrition' Panel Discussion Also on Tap

April 9, 2014

Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin

Fresh food advocate and author Joel Salatin will provide the keynote address at Wilmington College’s 2014 Food Symposium April 23 under the theme “Beyond Nutrition: Rethinking Our Relationship with Food.”

Salatin, a third generation alternative farmer, will present the address, “Holy Cows and Hog Heaven,” at 7:30 p.m. in Hermann Court, which is the new venue due to an anticipated large audience. He will speak on the “moral, ethical thread” that connects field to plate.

Other Food Symposium activities include a cake bake-off competition and public tasting, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and a panel discussion highlighting the day’s “Beyond Nutrition” theme at 3 p.m., both of which will be in Kelly Center’s McCoy Room. Also, campus and College Farm tours will be available from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

In his numerous books and speaking appearances, Salatin creatively and colorfully addresses a wide range of issues, from “creating the farm your children will want” to “making a white collar salary from a pleasant life in the country.”

According to his biographical portrait, Salatin’s speaking and writing reflect “dirt-under-the-fingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor. He passionately defends small farms, local food systems and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm.”

On the heels of last year’s hugely successful pie-baking contest with 50-plus entrants, this year’s Food Symposium will give bakers and ameteur pastry chefs an opportunity to showcase their favorite cakes.
The Food Symposium Cake Bake-Off will open the day’s activities with a public tasting session. Bake-off rules and registration information are available online

A panel discussion highlighting the theme, “Beyond Nutrition: Rethinking Our Relationship with Food,” will feature four guest speakers representing diverse interests related to the topic. They will focus on the socio-cultural, spiritual, ritual and community-building aspects of food consumption and production. The event will include both facilitated discussion and a live question-answer session with audience involvement.

Panelists include: urban homesteader Rachel Tayse Baillieul, whose family produces essentially all of its food in Columbus; Steve Berk, who works with small farmers as an area Farm Bureau director; Julie Kramer, publisher and creative director of Edible Ohio Valley; and Barbara Utendorf, a doctor of naturopathy who teaches students in nutrition, wellness, and holistic and integrative health.

Event Schedule
Cake Bake-off/cake drop off: 11:30 a.m. to noon
Closed judging: 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Public tasting: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., McCoy Room
Panel discussion: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., McCoy Room
Campus tours, College Farm tours: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Keynote address: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Hermann Court
Book signing: 8:45 p.m.