Calling all foodies — the first annual Carolina Food Summit begins on Wednesday.
The summit will bring influential members of the North Carolina food community together to discuss important food-related issues and promote health and sustainability in the state.
Nation Hahn, lead organizer of Carolina Food Summit, said the program has put together a powerful lineup of events.
“We hope we’ve done a good job of pulling together a diverse group in an attempt to weigh topics that might otherwise go unheard,” he said. “It’s powerful when you can bring people together from every walk of life.”
He said he is excited to give people a chance to share, take action and create change for the future.
“We all play a role,” he said.
The summit will kick off with a storytelling event in Gerrard Hall, where local chefs and farmers from different food backgrounds will discuss the role of food in their lives. The summit continues on Thursday with events at Rock Quarry Farm.
“I think the program is so strong,” said Marcie Cohen Ferris, UNC professor and co-chair of UNC Food For All, a sponsor of the event. “I really love the community voices that are coming together.”
Ferris said the symposium will deal with food-related issues such as hunger, food justice and food entrepreneurship. She said the summit hopes to foster increased conversation about a state food policy and committee in North Carolina.