A little over a month ago we went to the Kids Food Festival in NYC. It was a 2 day event – Saturday February 28th and Sunday March 1. I’d been wanting to take the kids since last year, but we never had the opportunity. We were really close to not going again, because it snowed a lot that Sunday, but the kids were so excited to be participating in a cooking class that we braved it! We left the car parked in Jersey and took the bus into the city. It was cold, windy and we were completely soaked by the time we walked from the terminal to Bryant Park.
We arrived and the kids got to learn and explore at the different tents about healthy and balanced eating. We are not a family that enjoys their veggies and we do not watch what we eat,(we love our burgers and fries) but it’s important to start somewhere. I have to admit I was very surprised at how willing Jon and Sarah were to try new things and not be so quick to say no. We loved the Cuties, delicious soups and desserts there were to sample. My husband and I enjoyed our pulled pork sandwiches from Pig Guy NYC ..they hit they spot! I have to give it to the fest though, it was all about the kids! The kiddos felt very welcomed and special.
The highlight of the day for me was definitely watching Jonathan and Sarah participate in the hands on cooking classes. They were a little nervous about it, they’re both very shy, but they handled them like pros!
First class was with Bill Yosses and Gail Simmons where they made ‘Party on a Stick’ kebobs and their very own salad dressing to go with them.
The second class and their personal favorite class was with Haven’s Kitchen chef David Mawhinney where they made Winter Vegetable rolls. Jonathan and Sarah felt so special when the chef himself told them that they did an amazing job. Sarah was so starstruck when he wanted to take a pic with both of them. It was so cute watching her. She talked about wanting to cook at home and be a chef just like him all the way home. I don’t think he has any idea how much he inspired them and planted a love for cooking in their hearts just by his kind words and support.
The last class of the day was with Cricket Azima founder of The Creative Kitchen + Kids Food Festival: Kids Food Festival Fresh, Flavorful & Fun Salsa, featuring Rohan Marley(*Everybody Can Cook – an inclusion class for children various physical and developmental abilities)
Not everyone can say the had a chance to cook along with one of Bob Marley’s sons! Cricket and Rohan were so patient and nice with the kids and made the class so much fun! We got to taste some delicious Marley Coffee while the kids made salsa!
This fest was one the best experiences the kids have ever had. I have no complaints. The entire staff was friendly and helpful. We had an awesome time and I can only imagine what a better day Saturday was with the great weather! I look forward to attending another Kids Food Festival in the future! Now, I have two mini chefs with a love for cooking healthy!