At the cookbook sale-table in the exhibit hall, a Federation board-member introduced me to one of our volunteers. Relatively new to our community, having relocated from the Midwest, she said she was anxious to find ways to become more involved in our Jewish community. We are scheduled to meet in two weeks to find opportunities for her to become engaged and active.
A community leader emailed me on Monday:
What a wonderful event! You, the staff and all the volunteers should be commended on such a terrific afternoon. It truly captured what a united community can do when we put our hearts and souls into joint collaboration.
An amazing volunteer team from the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism managed all of our Zero Waste activities for the day, once again resulting in a full-day festival that yielded only one-half bag of trash. And now we’re excited to find more ways to work together.
And, to my surprise and absolute delight, there were deals happening in the exhibit hall. I witnessed, among other things, a great conversation between our exhibitors from H2O Farm, an Israeli hydroponic lettuce-grower in Guilford, and some of our local restaurant and catering exhibitors, discussing procuring their lettuce exclusively from H2O. That’s the kind of impact that I would never have dreamed making at our festival.
Just as welcoming others to our dining-room tables is about more than simply breaking bread, our Food Festival, in just its second year, and as delicious and nourishing as it is, has become about much more than…well…food.
Together, we are building a recipe for community.