Friendly Food Fight at Downtown Bradenton’s Farmers’ Market

The Friendly Food Fight, a kick-off event for Eat Local Week, features area chefs creating dishes that center on the theme "Lean and Green."

CHEF-GAETANO-CANNATA-OF-ORTYGIA.jpgThe Bradenton Farmers Market presents the Friendly Food Fight, a kick-off event for Eat Local Week (October 24-30), Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. Peg Haynes, the market's manager, says that the event's theme, in recognition of National Food Day’s green meal initiative, is "Lean and Green."

"We're asking area chefs to create either a vegetarian entrée or a dish that focuses on vegetables, with meat, poultry or fish as a minor focus," she says, adding that participating chefs include Jim Copening of Arts & Eats; Fernando Drago of Drago’s; Gaetano Cannata of Ortygia; Erik Walker of the Sandbar and Dave Shiplett of Soma Creekside.

"The cook-off will be judged by a team of food-loving millennials with a healthy interest in our community," says Haynes, adding that the event's emcee is Shari Leiterman of Rawsome Foods. Judges include Amy Phillips of NDC Construction; Eleni Sokos of Sokos Social; Megan Jourdan with the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County; Maryann Lawler of Keller Williams Realty; and Angie and James Dauphinee who are Marine Corps veterans and State College of Florida students.

The Downtown Bradenton Farmers' Market is 9 a.m.-2 p.m., on Old Main Street, between Manatee Avenue West and 3rd Avenue West in downtown Bradenton. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information about the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, visit

Other Events Planned for this Season:

  • October 17: Mainly Art opens on 4th Avenue West with two dozen artists and craftsmen and live music by acoustic duo Bill Vinhage and Scott Blum. Mainly Art continues on the third Saturday of each month.
  • October 31: Howl’ween Pet Parade: Join the spooky fun! Dress your pup up for the 10:30 a.m. costume parade starting at the Humane Society of Manatee County's booth on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Old Main Street. Prizes for the Best Overall, Most Scary, Most Creative and Most Funny provided by Fetch! Pet Care of Bradenton and Pets Plus. Event support provided by NetWeave Social Networking.
  • November 14: Weightlifting demonstration with Full Circle Performance Weightlifting Club with Coach Tyler Peacock. Help create a pathway for youth to pursue the Olympic dream through the sport of weightlifting.
  • December 12: A school chorus showcase, featuring choral groups from Manatee County schools.

The 2015-2016 sponsors of the Bradenton Farmers’ Market are the Bradenton Herald, Bright House Networks, Downtown Development Authority, Florida Blue, Manatee Community Federal Credit Union, and Mosaic.

For more information about the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, visit Prospective vendors may apply by completing the online application form.

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