An interesting new event called the Earth Bowl Festival will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Riverside Salem United Church of Christ Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY, overlooking the scenic Niagara River. Parking is available along the river.
The Earth Bowl Festival features a delicious, full course vegetarian dinner including entrees, salads, breads and desserts, with vegan, wheat-free and dairy-free options.
Dinner will be served in beautifully designed, hand-thrown artisan bowls, created by potter George Schaeffer and six local potters. Once the meal has ended, the bowls will be sent home with diners who can continue to enjoy using them.
There will also be a plant sale.
You can visit the only straw bale building on Grand Island, constructed with green materials such as earth, straw, sand, bamboo, wood and recycled glass. It features a living roof, covered with a variety of mosses.
You can walk the unique labyrinth that is marked by rocks from around the world, as well as enjoy woodland trails.
The event features a concert by local singer and recording artist Nan Hoffman, followed by food demos, film screenings, games, family activities and more.
Tickets for the event are $40 for an adult. The price includes the dinner, concert, all activities and games, and a unique bowl. Children under 12 may attend for $10, but no bowl is included. The concert begins at 2 p.m. and dinner will be served around 5 p.m.
For planning purposes, the organizers encourage people to make reservations and to pay in advance, but people can pay the day of the event as well. Tickets will be made available through the World on Your Plate website soon. To reserve your space, you can also send payment by check to RSUCC and indicate WOYP /Earth Bowl on the memo line. Please send payment to RSUCC, PO Box 207, Grand Island, 14072-0207.
The Earth Bowl Festival is a fundraiser to help support the ninth annual World on Your Plate, a community food forum that will take place Oct. 12 and 13 at Daemen College in Amherst, NY.
World on Your Plate seeks to restore the earth by promoting sustainability for farmers, farm workers, and consumers alike; advance education and action on issues of food safety, security, and sovereignty, and create a table where all are welcome. Keynote speakers will be Mark Kastel, co-director of the Cornucopia Institute, the country’s premier industry watchdog, and Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathalete and creator of Vega nutritional foods.