Saturday, we head to The Kids Food Festival at City Pond at Bryant Park to check out the slew of family friendly activities aimed at educating families about making balanced food choices to help create wholesome lifelong eating habits for both kids and parents. Along with discovering new products and making our own granola, we took a cooking class with Cricket Azima.
Cricket Azima is founder of The Creative Kitchen (and the Kids Food Festival), whose mission is to produce a positive relationship between children and food while having fun in the kitchen and creating healthy eating habits for life. Not a bad mission, in my opinion.
For our cooking class (okay we did not actually cook) we made fruit and veggie salsa. I loved that Cricket introduced the food that would be used in the sals, engaging kids of all ages. My favorite question is how many fruit are on the table? Tomatoes always stumps the kids but not mine who knew it was a fruit. The kids at our tables were all older so they were able to cut up all the fruits and vegetables. I have to admit that amounts were not given for all the ingredients but in the end after all the fruits and veggies were added along with cilantro and shaking. Yes, shaking!. The kids put all the ingredients in a plastic baggie to shake it up so the oil and salt could be mixed up. This was a favorite activity in the class. Why not right, all kids love to shake up things.
And how was it, pretty good. Now I will admit that my friend and I would add more cilantro, oil and vinegar to make it more adult spicy. That said, if you have older kids, this is a fantastic recipe for them to do by themselves.
We actually came home and mixed up all the bags together, got some chips and enjoyed a pre-dinner snack. Thanks to Cricket for introducing the kids to homemade Salsa.
The Kids Food Festival activities continues Today, Sunday, March 3 if you can head down to Citi Pond at Bryant Park where there will be cooking classes, food demonstrations, live entertainment, scavenger Hunt for kids with goody bag prizes, food samplings and giveaways. The event will feature chefs Ellie Krieger (Healthy Living); Candice Kumai (Cookbook Author & TV Personality); Jehangir Mehta (Mehtaphor); Grayson Schmitz (Oliver Cheng); James DiStefano (Rouge Tomate) and Cricket Azima (The Creative Kitchen.)
Kids Food Festival
Tickets: The event is free and open to the public for General Admission.
Tickets for hands-on cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion can be purchased at: http://bit.ly/KFFtickets ($25 per child): Saturday,
Dates: Sunday, March 3rd from 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Location: Citi Pond at Bryant Park, 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, New York, NY
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