Mayor's office kicks off first food week for Baton Rouge

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POSTED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 9:28pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 9:09am

More than the music was cooking at 'Live After Five' Friday evening.

As community outreach coordinator, Andy Allen told us, "It's the kick off for food week. Here in Baton Rouge, we're actually going to take the whole week from today until the 24th next week to celebrate."

Mayor Kip Holden's Healthy Baton Rouge Program is extending national food day to promote healthy, sustainable, and affordable food.  School food drives, community day at the mobile farmers' market, and a documentary screening are a few of the events in the works. Local vendors are looking forward to it.

According to City Gelato owner, Mario Lozanov, "people here love everything that is local. If it's local [and] made and produced in Louisiana, the 'big cash' is immediately out to buy it." 

Organizers say they plan to fight hunger, educate people about staying healthy, and improve conditions for food and farm workers. For City Gelato, that is the key for its homegrown ingredients.

"My product is entirely local to Louisiana," said Lozanov. "There's so many farmers who provide excellent fruit, sugar, milk, and cream, so ideally, I could be 100% local."

And with last year's record of more than 100 national partners, the staff wants the capital city to add to that number.

"The more participants, the better," added Allen. "We want to see everyone become a part."

This is the first time the city of Baton Rouge has hosted food week. For a full listing of events, visit

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