See what was on the menu!

Kids bounced around the festival participating in a food-themed scavenger hunt, played in the activity room, explored, experienced amazing entertainment, tasted and sampled various products, and more! Parents were exposed to new, related products and services, learned information to benefit their families, and enjoyed presentations on the key ingredients for that perfect balance of yummy and good-for-me.

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Photos by Ghazalle Badiozamani.

Kids Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt:

Seek, discover, taste, and win! Kids had fun exploring the Kids Food Festival in efforts to create the perfectly balanced meal! Participants received a Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt activity card (based on the USDA guidelines) and bounce from kiosk to kiosk, engaging in exciting activities and sampling family-friendly foods – while also learning about the importance of achieving balance in their food choices. At each stop they received a food-themed stamp and were rewarded (with an amazingly tasty goody bag full of featured products and samples) when they balanced their plate correctly.


Saturday January 21st:

James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion 

10:00        Kristin O'Connor: Allergy-Free Cooking

11:00         Sam Talbot: Guacamole Tacos

12:00         Jehangir Mehta: Gastro Kids

1:00            David Burke: Fun with Crepes

2:00            Reed Alexander: Kewl Turkey Taco Cones

3:00            Jim Lahey: Making Pizza

4:00            Taste Buds: Rainbow Cous Cous Salad with Jessi Walter

5:00            Ben Pollinger: Wrap it Up

Kids Food Festival Performance Area

10:00          Jackie Newgent: Fit+Flavorful+Fun Snacking on-the-Go

11:00           Avocados From Mexico: Guacamole Mashing with Cricket Azima

12:00           Thomas P. Farley: Table Time with Mister Manners

1:00             Akiko Thurnauer: Japanese ONIGIRI Rice Balls

2:00             Joel Harper: Circus Balancing

3:00             Tristin and Tyler: Snack Time Choices with Cricket Azima

4:00             Jehangir Mehta: Gastro Kids

5:00             Joel Harper: Silly Workout

Sunday, January 22nd:

James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion

10:00            Stephanie Middleberg: Ready, Set, Breakfast Bingo

11:00             Ellie Krieger: Mango Stuffed Challah French Toast

12:oo             Cricket Azima: Everybody Eats Lunch with The Creative Kitchen

1:00               Grayson Schmitz: Hands-on Fruit Parfait

2:00               Fran Costigan: Better Chocolate Desserts

3:00               Andrea Beaman: Whole Grain Fried Rice and Coconut Rice Pudding

4:00               Allison Kave: First Prize Pies

5:00               Cricket Azima: Everybody Can Cook: Special Needs in the Kitchen

Kids Food Festival Performance Area

10:00            Bilingual Birdies Band: Musical Performance

11:00             Super Sprowtz: Puppet Show

12:00             The Dirty Sock Funtime Band: Musical Performance

1:00               Bonita Porte's Energetic Juniors: Fitness Workshop

2:00               Ramin Ganeshram: Simple, Spicy, Shrimp Burgers

3:00               Amie Valpone: Kid's Rise n' Shine Oatmeal Breakfast

4:00               Jehangir Mehta: Gastro Kids

5:00               Jackie Newgent: Fit+Flavorful+Fun Snacking on-the-Go

FREE KFF Screening Room Sponsored by KickinKitchen.TV

Saturday, January 21st 

10:00-10:45             KickinKitchen.TV

10:45-11:00             Yumiloo

11:00-12:30             KickinKitchen.TV

12:30-12:45             Cricket Azima - The Creative Kitchen & Chef JJ

12:45-1:45                KickinKitchen.TV

1:45-2:00                  Parent Earth

2:00-4:00                 KickinKitchen.TV

4:00-4:15                  Yumiloo

4:15-6:00                 KickinKitchen.TV

Sunday, January 22nd  

10:45-11:00             Food Fight & Chef JJ

11:00-12:30             KickinKitchen.TV

12:30-12:45             Yumiloo

12:45-1:45                KickinKitchen.TV

1:45-2:00                  Parent Earth

2:00-4:00                 KickinKitchen.TV

4:00-4:15                  Yumiloo

4:15-5:00                  KickinKitchen.TV

Food Allergy Disclaimer: The Kids Food Festival is not an allergy-free festival. We will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any of our events.

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