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Haarlem is Ready for Food Revolution Day tomorrow!

Haarlem is Ready for Food Revolution Day tomorrow! (Photo: Katherine Strous)

Food Revolution Day 2014 is coming on May 16th and it’s happening here in the Netherlands. The Food Revolution Day (FRD) is an initiative organised by famous chef and food activist, Jamie Olivier to inspire people to eat more healthy and to fight against obesity. Haarlem is also Ready for Food Revolution Day 2014! Countries around the world are joining in on this movement and through various ambassadors they are organising events to help the public become more aware of how we as a society, as communities and organisations, as families, and as individuals can eat better, save our health, and maybe even contribute to a better planet.

“We need every child to understand where food comes from, how to cook it, and how it affects their body. This is about setting kids up with the knowledge they need to make better food choices for life” -Jamie Oliver FRD 2014

The theme for Food Revolution Day 2014

The theme for Food Revolution 2014 is “Let’s get our kids excited about food.” Jamie Olivier firmly believes that it is how we learn to eat in our childhood that determines our relationship with food and how we will eat as adults. He believes that it is the right of every child to know where their food comes from and how to prepare it. He believe it is also their right to be protected from the relentless onslaught of junk-food marketing. Many of his initiatives involve going into schools and working with kids and schools to create more healthy lunch options while at the same time teaching the whole community about the benefits of eating real food.

The theme for Food Revolution Day Haarlem 2014

The Haarlem theme is “Family Traditions and Family Recipes.” An event where people from various cultural backgrounds from within the local community will come together to cook and to share recipes, stories, and traditions around food that they learned from their parents or perhaps even their grandparents.

Interview with Terri Salminen, Netherlands’ Haarlem Food Revolution Day Ambassador

This week I had the lovely opportunity to speak with Terri Salminen, Netherlands’ Haarlem FRD Ambassador. She shared that this theme created somewhat a problem for her because in the Netherlands lunch is normally not a warm meal and many kids still go home to eat. Therefore using local schools to reach youth to discuss about food was not a culturally viable option. So instead she decided to focus the Haarlem theme on “Family Traditions and Family Recipes.” She decided to create an event where people from various cultural backgrounds from within the local community would come together to cook and to share recipes, stories, and traditions around food that they learned from their parents or perhaps even their grandparents.

Terri Salminen, a U.S. American raised in northern Italy and transplanted to the Netherlands in her early twenties is a chef, culinary instructor, and stylist. Passionate about eating real, whole, and fresh food she took on the challenge as Haarlem ambassador to share her expertise and to bring together the community to share their knowledge around food traditions. She hopes that through showing people that cooking can be easy and accessible while at the same time delicious and healthy, she can inspire people to start cooking more and eating better.

A morning spent with Terri is inspiring. Her passion is contagious and she makes you feel like you can also create beautiful food.

Details of  Food Revolution Haarlem 2014

If you have the chance I would definitely take the opportunity to attend this Food Revolution event on 16th May. No RSVP is necessary, just drop by if you are able and be inspired by real food stories. Here are the details:

Keizer Culinair Haarlem
Lorentzplein 2a
16:00 – 20:00

This article is inspired by the previously published article on my blog, Naturally Global.

Katherine Strous

Katherine Strous

A native Californian who has spent the last 15 years living abroad from Chile to China to the Netherlands with a number of places in between. She now lives near Haarlem with her two young children and very understanding Dutch husband. You can follow some of her adventures in creating a natural and healthy lifestyle as an expat and a parent at her website Naturally Global.
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