What’s better than a food festival? A food festival that gives back. This week, two festivals on opposite coasts are donating funds from ticket sales to non-profit organizations. Time is of the essence this week, as you can still grab tickets to one of these charitable food festivals. A series of chef-driven dinners will close out the weekend to benefit No Kid Hungry. New Yorkers can also get in a charitable mood today at Joe Coffee and cookie heaven Schmackary’s. All this and more in this week in food activism!
- More than 20 local nano breweries were showcased at Seattle’s first NanoFest yesterday, with ultra-local beers available for tasting. Proceeds from tickets sales went to the Prison Scholar Fund, which supports formally incarcerated people in their life out of prison.
- Yesterday was the launch of New York’s Indie Chefs Week. Twenty-seven chefs from all over the country come to New York to cook a series of dinners at Rebelle with the grand finale event held at Vice Media’s Headquarters in Williamsburg on Sunday, May 21. All proceeds from Sunday’s events will benefit No Kid Hungry.
- Tonight, the 10th annual Village Voice Choice Eats food festival brings more than 50 NYC vendors together. Festival-goers can expect dishes from Ample Hills Creamery, Nom Wah Nolita, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Rebelle and more. Part of the proceeds will go to Slow Food NYC, a nonprofit dedicated to counteracting fast food’s hold on dining culture. Tickets are still available!
- Broadway stars Andrew Rannells (Book of Mormon, HBO’s Girls), Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Gavin Creel (Hello Dolly, Hair) and more will be selling cookies at Schmackary’s West 45th Street location in honor of the fifth annual Broadway Bakes. All tips generated and 50 percent of cookie sales will go to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
- New York-based coffee chain Joe Coffee opens its new World Trade Center location today. From 4 p.m. to closing time, the store will host a Pay What You’d Like Coffee Happy Hour with proceeds going to support Project Peaberry, Joe Coffee’s nonprofit organization that finances schools, health clinics and farmer’s welfare projects coffee estates in Nicaragua.