Food for Thought: Food, Films and Picnics at the Orange County Great Park

February 16th, 2011 by Heather Pritchard

Food for Thought: Food, Films and Picnics at the Orange County Great Park

Meet up with friends and family and join us for a new film series that promises not only thought-provoking entertainment but also an evening of picnicking outdoors. Get inspired by award-winning documentary films, and dialogue with nationally recognized speakers.

Bring your own picnic dinner or buy something tasty from a gourmet food truck, the newest food experience sweeping the nation. Local food trucks, championing sustainability and fresh food, will be available before the films and talk.

Series Kick-off Talk

Thursday March 10

Mark Winne, Food Activist and Writer

Picnics begin at 6:30 p.m. Talk at 7:30 p.m. Book signing follows.

Film Series

Thursday, April 21 – “King Corn”

Thursday, May 19 – “Food, Inc.”

Thursday, June 9 – “DIRT! The Movie”

All on Thursday Evenings – Picnicking begins at 6:30 p.m., Film at Dusk

Programs will be held at the Great Park’s Farm & Food Lab.

The films will be held outdoors on the lawn. Lecture will provide seating under tent.

Admission is free.

Location is near the Sand Canyon exit for the 5 Freeway. For directions or more information please visit or call 949-724-7420.


Series Kick-off Talk

“Reclaiming Our Connection to Food: Embracing Food Problems in a Day of New Solutions,” Mark Winne

Thursday, March 10 – Picnicing begins at 6:30 p.m., Talk at 7:30 p.m.

Mark Winne works as a national community food activist, writer, and trainer. From organizing breakfast programs for low-income children to developing innovative national food policies in Washington, DC, Winne has dedicated his work to enabling people to find solutions to their own food problems in communities and across the world. Come hear about urban gardening heroes in Cleveland, feisty farmers in New England, lower income mothers in Texas, and exciting prospects here in Orange County. Hear how people are reclaiming their connection to their food, health, land, and governments.

A book signing follows with his newly released book “Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin Mamas.”

Film Series

Thursday Evenings – Picnics begin at 6:30 p.m., Film at Dusk

“King Corn”

Thursday, April 21

In this Peabody Award winner, two college friends start a wild journey to learn where their food comes from and they plant and grow an acre corn farm in a local community in Iowa. With humor, beauty and insight, the film explores their path to understanding the broader food production system and farming in America. 88 minutes. Guest speaker: Director Aaron Woolf.

“Food, Inc.”

Thursday, May 19

This Academy Award Nominee film reveals surprising and shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced, and who we have become as a nation. The film interviews forward thinkers such as Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) to stimulate a deeper understanding of where we are with our food system and how it impacts us as people. 94 minutes

“DIRT! The Movie”

Thursday, June 9

This recent documentary brings to life the science, history, art and philosophy of our most precious living national resource, all within a global perspective. The movie captures the wonder of dirt and the realization that “in taking care of living breathing dirt we are taking care of ourselves.” 90 minutes.

Bring friends, your own picnic, or buy from a local Food Truck and enjoy this outdoor film series. For more information see

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Slow Food USA’s President Josh Viertel. Is part of the TEDx on Feb. 12th

February 3rd, 2011 by Stacey Blaschke

Do you think we need to change the way we eat in this country?

On February 12, that will be the topic of discussion for an amazing array of speakers – including Slow Food USA’s President Josh Viertel. It’s part of the TEDx events: short, carefully prepared talks to share ‘ideas worth spreading’. And the good news is you can be a part of it!

Joining Josh at the one day event will be over 20 high-profile speakers including the makers of “King Corn”, the first farmer to receive a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship, and the USDA’s coordinator of ‘Know Your Farmer, Know your Food’, all sharing ideas about how we can shift our industrial food system to one that provides good, clean, fair food for all.

This is a fantastic opportunity to stimulate these conversations in your local area. And a great excuse to get together with like-minded people in your community! Click here to find out how to host or attend a live ‘Viewing Party’ on Saturday February 12:

Can’t make a Viewing Party? No problem! We’ll be live-streaming the TEDx talks on our website, so you can take part in the conversation from the comfort of your own home.

TEDx talks feature thought leaders at the cutting edge of their industry. This day is focused entirely on food – a testament to the importance of finding new ways to redefine the way we grow and eat food.

The thought-provoking speakers can be broadcast right into your home, cafe, town hall – or wherever you want to gather to share these ideas in your community. Click here to find out more:

Thanks for being a part of the solution,
The Slow Food USA team

PS – There’s an amazing event happening in Manhattan on February 12 – but it will be just like you’re there, when we be beam it live from coast to coast! If you’d like to host a live ‘Viewing Party’ in your area, or find one to attend, click here.

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