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Ozomatli, Caspar Babypants headline free day of music, food, workshops at King County’s CHOMP!

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Celebrate all that is fresh, delicious, local and sustainable at CHOMP!, Aug. 19 at King County’s Marymoor Park near Redmond. Enjoy a day celebrating local food, live music, green living workshops and activities for the whole family. And bring your homemade hot sauce and amazing backyard chickens to win great prizes.

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CHOMP! , King County's chomp_flowers_for_web celebration of localfarming, food and sustainability, is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 at King County's Marymoor Park.

Now in its third year, this fun, family-friendly event is hosted by King County Parks.

Featuring cooking demonstrations from Tom Douglas’ Hot Stove Society, hands-on workshops to make you a better backyard farmer and gardener, kids’ activities, a community gardener competition, live music, and so much more, CHOMP! is a free all-day event that will inspire, entertain and feed your appetite for fresh, local and exciting food.

CHOMP! supports King County Executive Dow Constantine’s Local Food Initiative by celebrating local farmers, chefs and restaurants using locally-sourced food, and local organizations specializing in healthy food, sustainability, and social justice.

The initiative is aimed at strengthening the local food economy and improving access to healthy, affordable food in underserved communities.

Returning in 2017 – CHOMP! celebrates King County’s amazing community gardeners, cooks and livestock stewards with two fun competitions.

• Homemade Hot Sauce – Is your hot sauce a three-alarm, four alarm or just plain delicious? CHOMP! judges will choose one winner based on flavor, presentation and originality. Sign up for the Homemade Hot Sauce Competition here.

• Backyard Chicken Pageant – Bring your chicken to the park! Judges will select a single “Best in King County Backyard Chicken.” All breeds welcome. Chickens will be judged on health, plumage and of course, personality. Sign up for the Backyard Chicken Pageant here.

All entrants who register and are present with their entries at CHOMP! on Aug. 19 will receive a $10 PCC gift card. Grand-prize winners in each category will win a $100 PCC gift card. Learn more about competition schedule and rules at www.chomplocal.org/competitions.

MUSIC
CHOMP! is proud to partner with Artist Home in presenting a full day of free music, kicking off at 10:30 a.m. with Caspar Babypants, and concluding with a 4:30 p.m. performance by Ozomatli. Also performing this year are local artists The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Honcho Poncho and Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist.

ACTIVITIES
Interactive and immersive activities are a key part of CHOMP! Some of the activity zones include:

Farmer Village: Presented by 21 Acres and Sno-Valley Tilth
The CHOMP! Farmer Village includes a Farmers Market where you can buy the best local produce and meet the famers themselves. In addition, you and your whole family can enjoy a huge variety of activities and information from our amazing program partners.

Farmers Market - Enjoy the bounty King County farms have to offer at the Farmers Market at CHOMP!, featuring a special selection of fresh produce and farm products from local King County farms, perfect for eating on the go or stocking up your pantry. Learn about the many farmers markets located in King County while you shop for seasonal goodies and take home a taste of what's growing right here, on the farms in your own backyard.

Community Kitchen: Presented by Whole Foods Natural Market
The Community Kitchen will make mouths water! Enjoy cooking demonstrations from Tom Douglas’ Hot Stove Society and the opportunity to taste some great local food. Guest can purchase a Community Plate which will get them a meal comprised of dishes prepared by Vivo 53, Conscious Eatery, Woodblock, and Macrina for only $14! There’s also local beer, wine, cider, food trucks, and more.

Earth School: Presented by Wilderness Awareness School
Whether it's getting your hands dirty building things from sticks and stones, or cleaning them up with felt soap you make yourself; identifying useful native plants; learning about the benefits of mushrooms, and more—CHOMP! Earth School will, ahem, rock your world. Learn from nature and take home skills you can use and share.

Upcycle Bazaar: Presented by Cedar Grove
The future of our product-driven world is to make new things from the old. The Upcycle Bazaar features the work of our local makers! You'll also be able to participate by learning, and even making your own special something.

Tiny Home Town
Tiny Home Town is the place to see and explore alternative living spaces. Tiny homes that allow "living off the grid" can demonstrate the future of dwellings and allow you to learn about how to make your current apartment or home more sustainable. You'll get to tour some of these structures in real-life, talk to experts and learn more about tiny homes!  
 

For more details about CHOMP!, visit the website, www.chomplocal.org, to sign up for e-mail updates, or follow updates via the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chomp/1450729095218364?fref=ts.

• Click here to download a hi-resolution version of this year’s poster
• Click  here for hi-res press photos for Ozomatli
• For press inquiries for artists performing at this year’s festival, email Kevin@artisthome.org.

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About King County Parks
King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 28,000 acres of open space, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 215 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.

About Artist Home
Artist Home is a company of culture makers, community builders, and event producers who have served the Pacific Northwest for nearly 10 years. Since its inception, Artist Home has become a prominent part of the Northwest Music community by creating one-of-a-kind festival experiences and providing booking services, talent buying for regional venues and festivals, artist consultation, and promotional services.