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Revamped Foodapalooza Promises to Be More Exciting Than Ever!

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With a new format, and a new venue, the 6th Annual Foodapalooza reflects the growth of Central Louisiana’s local food movement. As more year-round farmers markets have sprung up, and with more local food being included in our region’s restaurants and institutions, Foodapalooza’s new format will feature more opportunities for participants to connect with this region’s local food partners and leaders.

The 2018 Foodapalooza begins with an evening panel discussion on Thursday, January 11th, and continues through Friday, the 12th, with a Conference featuring speakers from across our food economy sectors. Registration will open just after Thanksgiving– so make sure to stay updated at and with this newsletter. Make sure to view the Save the Date flyer here!

Both the Foodapalooza Panel and Conference will be held at the Alexandria Museum of Art, located in historic downtown Alexandria.

Friday’s Foodapalooza Conference will feature two national leaders in their respective fields:

Angie Tagtow is a Senior Fellow and Endowed Chair at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences. Angie is a registered dietitian with more than 25 years of experience working at local, state, federal, and international levels in agriculture, food, nutrition policy; public health; and food and water systems. In 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama as the Executive Director for the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP).

Rachel Reynolds Luster was born and raised in Arkansas and now lives in Couch, Missouri, in the Ozark Mountains. She is a writer, folklorist, fiddler, textile artist, and community organizer there where her work focuses on addressing the holistic health of her home county through land-based cultural and economic initiatives. She has several publications under her belt including The Anthology of Arkansas Folksong, which she co-edited, several entries in the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas, and a biographical sketch of one of her folklore heroes, Mary Celestia Parler, in the Overland Review. Currently, she is crafting a dissertation which seeks to apply key principles from ecology to cultural practice, focusing on cultural initiatives that encourage the economic, cultural, spiritual, and environmental well-being of Oregon County, her home, and its enduring cultural traditions. Rachel currently serves as a Contributing Editor for the Art of the Rural.

We hope to see you on January 11th and 12th for the 6th Annual Foodapalooza!