By Nikki Panos
August 10, 2015
Slow Food Charlotte is having a pig pickin’ BBQ hosted by Birdsong Brewery on August 16 from 3 p.m to 7 p.m. The event will be raising funds for the 10,000 Gardens in Africa Project.
This Slow Food International endeavor was originally dubbed 1,000 Gardens in Africa. After raising funds and garden beds for the targeted 1,000, Slow Food was inspired to keep the motivation up, and the organization’s new goal is 10,000 total gardens. Every chapter of Slow Food is challenged each year to raise $1,000 to contribute to the cause. The gardens are erected in African schools and other community gathering places to ensure people have easy access to the crops. Each garden is designed, created and managed by the community itself and is planted with a variety of local crops to enhance biodiversity. The gardens are also managed through sustainable practice. Crops grown not only feed the community but are also a source of income when surplus is sold to neighboring populations.
By helping to fund these gardens, Slow Food is supporting independence, self reliance and access to healthy, fresh and traditional food. It is also a chance to grow leaders who value the land they live on and who in turn will inspire and educate others.
Tickets for the event are $20 and get you a plate full of meat and four hefty sides. The pork is local and provided by Way of Life farm, while veggies are seasonal and sourced from a few local farms. Think fresh like cornbread made with corn meal milled the week of the event, crisp cabbage salad, hearty potatoes and buttery beans.
All pre-sale tickets come with three free raffle tickets. Great local goodies will be raffled including three Birdsong growlers, courtesy of Birdsong, a gift basket of BBQ sauce and other goodies generously donated by Greenman Farms, Chocolates by the Secret Chocolatier, a gift certificate from Heritage, and many other prizes. urther, $1 of every beer sold during the event will be donated to the cause.
Birdsong is an ideal setting for the BBQ. Guests can graze on peanuts after their meal, enjoy the summer breeze with a brew in hand and play corn hole while listening to local musician Nate Randall pluck some tunes. Board member Anita Skogland, who is coordinating the food for the event, is getting very excited and believes it is set to be a “great event for beer and food lovers of ages.”
What more could you ask for? Bring the whole family and look forward to sharing an afternoon in the spirit of Slow Food for a notable cause!
For more info on the Brew and Chew event benefiting 10,000 Gardens in Africa.