CARVE FOR FARMS A BENEFIT PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST AND FALL FOOD FEST SUPPORTING THE FARMS AND FARMERS DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE IRENE
Sunday, October 23 The Warsaw 261 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 4pm-8pm / All Ages
Suggested donation: $10 kids / $12 adults
The Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA (GWCSA), a local farm-share organization, will be hosting Carve for Farms, a benefit pumpkin carving contest and fall food fest. The event will be held at The Warsaw on Sunday, October 23 from 4pm-8pm. The GWCSA was started in 2000 with the mission to establish and maintain connections between local residents and local farms as well as to foster more sustainable ways of eating and living. Carve for Farms will raise money for the farms serving New York City that have been severely affected by residual flooding from Hurricane Irene.
The festival is open to the public. Admission includes a pumpkin to carve, one free autumnal drink (supplies limited), live entertainment and a cash bar. Pumpkin carving tools and tips will be provided. The awards ceremony for the pumpkin carving contest will commence at approximately 7:30pm. Prizes will be given in both child and adult categories. The contest will be judged by David Conn, chef at Keg and Lantern tavern – a local personality, farm advocate and former arts instructor. Brooklyn-based bluegrass band JP & the Gilberts will be playing a set at 6:30pm.
Hurricane Irene and subsequent flooding has inflicted millions of dollars in damage on local farms this summer. Fifteen farms in the NYC Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) network have been severely affected by flooding and Greenmarket estimates that 80% of New York City greenmarket farmers have been impacted, with about 10% reporting severe loss—80-100% of their products.
Carve for Farms will also feature seasonal fall fare from local artisanal vendors. As of press date, vendors include: Brewla Bars, The D.P. Chutney Company, R Cano Events, and Rachel’s Pies. The Warsaw Bistro will be selling pumpkin pierogies especially for the event. Vendors will be selling items such as pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, and cinnamon candy apple ice pops.
Co-sponsors include: Bison Grass Vodka, Brooklyn Kitchen, BQ Sports, Just Food, Keg and Lantern, Lokal, R Cano Events, Sprout Skincare, Vesica Vodka, and The Warsaw. Pumpkins have been generously donated by R Cano Events.
The GWCSA will be asking guests for a suggested $10 kids / $12 adults donation at the door with all proceeds directly benefiting Just Food’s Hurricane Relief Fund. Dawn Bauer, Board President of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA, hopes that the funds raised by Carve for Farms will show how CSA members in Brooklyn can provide support and solidarity with CSA Farms, Farmers, and CSA Members in nearby areas damaged by hurricane Irene.