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Clayton Harvest Feast Festival
Hola! This blog is about our “journey” to the 1st annual Clayton Harvest Feast and Festival. Enjoy!
Clayton Harvest Feast & Festival
We attended the 1st annual Harvest Feast and Festival at the Clayton Community Farmer’s Market on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm. Typically, the Farmer’s Market is a bi-weekly event in the months of May to October, but this was their first fall festival. The festival is a family-friendly event and is open rain or shine. The Harvest Festival is a free event that offers over 80 vendors that produce locally grown fruits and vegetables, crafted or produced art, baked goods, handmade items. You also get to meet local businesses, musicians, and entrepreneurs. They also include a Family Fun Zone where kids can decorate mini pumpkins, face painting, fun lawn games, and arts and crafts. In case your hungry, the festival has freshly roasted Corn on the Cob, as well as three other delicious food trucks. They have social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and their own website where the update all their current and future events, as well as their vendors and what they offer. So, be sure to come and enjoy this fun yearly event.
Atmosphere, theme & decor:
The festival was decorated with a fall theme which was a lot of colorful leaves but it was a rainy day so there were not too many people in the Harvest & Feast Festival. The scenery was like a neighborhood and they shared their farm products with each other. Also, they brought their tents and organized like stripes. Furthermore, each tent has its own special decorations with homemade posters or banners which presented their products. Thanks to that organizations, it looked clean, airy and rural. About the food trucks, they gathered around eating tables like a buffet feast. Everyone was happy and friendly to introduce and explain their products to us despite the bad weather.
There were several booths that sold fresh productions and healthy foods without preservatives (such as chocolate fudge with, homemade crisps with Indian spices, bread & pastries), and food trucks as well. Each booth, especially foods, provided a sample for visitors to try. They were very excited to greet each of us. They also offered us their food samples and of course, we wouldn’t miss this opportunity and tried each food sample 😉
For each tent and food truck, they put a garbage bin but they still were using the plastic bags which is the only a minus point. Overall, the ground was clean and everybody is responsible for keeping public hygiene general.
The sustainability concern is closely about environment issues. During this festival, most stalls in this event (either fresh production or food) seemed to reduce the garbage, especially inland garbage. Most of them did not provide bags for visitors, which means visitors should bring their own bags while shopping. In case the visitors didn’t bring their bags, few sellers still provided paper bags instead of plastic bags.
However, in the food trucks area, it did not seem that they had a concern in sustainability. They still served food in styrofoam or plastic-made container. In our suggestion, it would be more impressive if they could provide food in a paper container or other recyclable food containers.
However, we can say that this festival was clean and environmentally friendly, except for the food trucks area.
This year has been full of many trends that influenced the food and beverage industry. We are able to identify a few trends at the festival. Targeting adventurous consumers has become a big trend this year, consumers who are “foodies” that like to explore food and experience new, bolder and flavorful foods. There was this one food truck that not only expressed this trend but also introduced fusion. It was a Mauritian food truck which they explained was a fusion of Chinese, African, and Indian food. It was indeed something to try if you’re feeling adventurous.
Some of the vendors also offered healthy, organic, and homemade baked goods and food; which follows the trend of eating from healthier and natural products. Eating healthy can be difficult for some people, but it has become more prominent as people are beginning to realize that what you consume affects your bodies’ longevity and overall health.
The “local” trend has been very popular for many years, where the ingredients that we buy are grown and produced by local farmers/producers. It also gets you more involved with the community by purchasing ingredients and supporting local farmers.
Food and Beverage Experience (quality, taste, presentation, and value):
With every celebration or event, food is the most important part because it creates unity among different people which defines a sense of community regardless of the culture and religion. Our experience did not exceed our expectations maybe because of the rainy weather that caused small groups of people coming to the festival. However, the people were great because they offered free samples. We think the best sample that we tasted was the chocolate brownies. There are 3 choices which are “The OG,” “PB Bomb,” and “Cookies and Cream.” The majority of us loved the cookies and cream because it was chewy and not too sweet which made us buy some. Each brownie is the right size for $4.
Aside from samples, there are also 3 food trucks at the festival. Since the theme of the festival is about harvest. We tried the Roasted Revolution food truck because it sells corn and potatoes. We ordered the Doritos Corn which was covered with mayo and crushed Doritos for $5. The crushed Doritos is a good idea for the corn because it became crunchy so people who are Doritos lovers, they can make it at home.
We also tried the Cruisin’ Tabazi food truck that offers the taste of Mauritius. Mostly it sells the most famous street food eaten in Mauritius like Chili cakes (Gateau Piment). It is a split pea chili cake popcorn style served in a box. As the name mentioned, it is mildly spicy perfect for the cold weather. It was sold for $4.50.
Lastly, we tried the Gyro and Go food truck that mainly sells wraps. We bought the chicken wrap which was also a bit of spicy kick into it but it was still average compared to other wraps we tasted. The only drinks that were offered are pop, milkshake and bottled water. Since it was cold weather, there should also be hot beverages like hot chocolate so people can be mode cozy even if it was raining.
All in all, we enjoyed the festival and the people who served us with great food and services.
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Thank you for listening…!
By team No. 8: Lina Anata, Mary Ellen Manuel, Pham Trung, and Natasha Menancio 🙂