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Unique Wheat Food Festival Coming to Downtown DC
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This event, which was sent to us by Shane Arman, will take place on Thursday, September 23 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Friday, September 24 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m..  The event will be held on 3rd Street and Maryland Avenue in Southwest, next to the National Museum of the American Indian, just a mile from the Chinatown metro stop.  The event is free to all entrants:

The Wheat Foods Council’s Urban Wheat Field brings the farm-to-fork journey of America’s most-consumed grain to life, educating people about all things wheat in order to foster a better understanding of the food’s nutritional value and role in the diet.  People can experience the process by which a kernel of wheat becomes a wheat food, learning about wheat agriculture, milling, baking and nutrition through a unique exhibit featuring expert tours and demonstrations and numerous interactive opportunities.

  • Agriculture:  A guided tour will take groups through every step of wheat growth and harvest via a live wheat field - approximately one quarter acre in size – and a combine.

o  People will see five stages of wheat and tour guides, in the form of wheat farmers from throughout the country, lead the way. 

  • Milling:  Upon exiting the field, visitors will enter the milling area, which demonstrates how wheat kernels become the flour that is used to make the foods they eat.

o  Visitors will see an operating mill in action and grind their own flour.

  • Baking:  Once the flour has been milled, visitors will learn how it is transformed into the everyday foods – tortillas, bread, pasta, muffins, etc. - they know and love.

o  Live baking demonstrations with a certified master baker will take place throughout the day.

o  The baking station will churn out fresh bread to enable people to taste the finished product, fresh from the oven.

  • Nutrition:  Registered dietitians will teach people about the way in which wheat foods fuel the body and provide essential nutrients while enabling informed food choices.

o  Against the backdrop of a mock grocery store aisle, nutrition experts will deliver a lesson in reading nutrition facts labels, identifying whole grain versus enriched grain foods and determining proper serving sizes. 

 

Check out this unique food festival on Thursday and Friday!

Events, Health