Big Red Eats Green brings local restaurants and growers to the IUB campus

Sept. 4, 2014

For some foodies, Bloomington is a dream with its array of places to dine, many of which feature organic and local products.

Big Red Eats Green

Students check out some of the food at last year's Big Red Eats Green event. | PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY

The IU community and the public can get a taste of what some of those restaurants, and some local growers, have to offer during the annual Big Red Eats Green event taking place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10.

“Our goal in putting on this event is to expose the IUB campus to the vibrant, sustainable food community here in Bloomington, and inspire them to continue to support the initiatives of these restaurants, growers and organizations,” said organizer and SPEA student Ellie Symes.

Big Red Eats Green takes place on the lawn of the IU Art Museum and will feature food such as fresh fruit, burritos, baked goods and coffee from local restaurants and growers committed to organic and sustainable practices. All food will be $5 or less.

In addition to food, the event, hosted by the IU Office of Sustainability, will feature performances from Blind Uncle Harry, Fizzbang, Stone Irr and Peter Oren, interactive workshops and demonstrations from campus and community organizations.

Created in 2011, Big Red Eats Green aims to raise awareness of environmentally friendly food production, as well as introducing the IU community to the variety of sustainable restaurants in Bloomington.

The event attracted more than 800 attendees last year and organizers are hoping to increase that number this year.

“This event grows in popularity every year as increasingly more individuals become aware of the need for a sustainable food system, and realize their own desire for fresh, healthful, local food,” said organizer and geography student Angela Babbs. 

Organizers are looking for volunteers. Those interested can find more information online.

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