Feastival IIII

Enjoy local flavors and creative recipes from your favorite Howard County restaurants and farms. Restaurants will be serving up samples from their Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks menus and farmers will have fresh-from- the-field produce for purchase along with meats, cheeses and more! Visit fun educational exhibits and stay for a feature film that explores the benefits of eating local and the farm to fork movement.

Featured Film(s)

This year the “Feastival” will feature mini films on the importance of local agriculture and the protection of the Chesapeake Bay. This year’s featured films will also  include the world premiere of the latest episode of Table 2 Table, Howard Community College Television’s (HCC-TV) award-winning, show that highlights Howard County restaurants and chefs.  “Working with Howard County Tourism & Promotion on this episode of Table 2 Table provided the perfect opportunity to explore the restaurant weeks phenomenon.  This special episode of Table 2 Table takes viewers inside Howard County’s own restaurant weeks event and features interviews with popular chefs, farmers, suppliers and other industry stakeholders.” said Louis Garcia, Senior Producer/Director for HCC-TV.

Table 2 Table’s special Restaurant Weeks episode  premiered on July 22nd at the Film Feastival, learn more and click below to see it on YouTube:
Table 2 Table is a half-hour program celebrating some of the most popular restaurants in our region. Our latest episode takes us inside Restaurant Weeks, the popular semiannual, two-week foodie extravaganza where restaurants treat new and regular customers to special menu items and special prices. Howard County’s Restaurant Weeks also highlight the connection between the county’s independent restaurants and its local farms and food producers. This episode features interviews with popular chefs, as well as area farmers, suppliers and other industry stakeholders. After getting a taste of Restaurant Weeks, we’ll head to the kitchen of the Howard Community College Culinary Institute where Chef Dan Wecker of the Elkridge Furnace Inn will show us to create two great summer dishes featuring local ingredients.

Table 2 Table airs Fridays at 11:30am, 4:30PM and 7:30pm, and Saturdays at 8:30pm on Comcast Ch. 96 and Verizon Ch. 41. You can also find it on YouTube: http://youtu.be/NIcRZaf-RqQ

Participating Restaurants

Baldwin’s Station

Bistro Blanc

Alehouse Columbia

Elkridge Furnace Inn

Lisbon Town Grill

The Iron Bridge Wine Co.

The Mango Grove – Indian Cuisine


Healthy Howard

Howard County Bee Keepers

Howard County 4-H Dayton Club

Howard County Extension

Howard County Soil Conversation



Robinson Nature Center


Clark’s Farm

Friends and Farm CSA

Larriland Farm (at Clark’s Never Sell the Land Farm booth)

Love Dove Farm

Sharps at Waterford Farm

To Register:

Click Here or Call 410-313-2707

A $5 optional donation will go toward efforts by the Howard County Food Bank to help families in need.

MEDIA ADVISORY Howard County Love Local Summer Restaurant Weeks 2014 July 10.2014

NEW for 2014: Howard County “Film Feastival” Event at the Miller Library:
Wednesday, July 23, 3 – 5:00 p.m. at Howard County Library – Miller Branch
Why Buy Local: A Primer on the Benefits of Buying Local Produce
Presented by: Howard County Economic Development Authority, University of Maryland Extension, Howard County and Howard County Tourism & Promotion. Learn about the plentiful harvest in your community while exploring the many nutritional, environmental, and economic benefits of incorporating locally grown foods into your everyday life. Meet local farmers and hear about what they are growing and how they are working to make these products accessible to the local community. Experts from Howard County Economic Development Authority and University of Maryland Extension demonstrate how everyone can reap the benefits of buying and eating local. Learn when and where to find local products, seasonality of products, shopping tips, and recipe ideas. Also, hear from local chefs on how they are incorporating local ingredients into their menus. FREE REGISTER


Other Recommended Films (enjoy on your own)

The Maryland Harvest
“The Maryland Harvest” is a documentary about Maryland farms and farmers and the chefs who love them. Hosted by Al Spoler and produced by Houpla, Inc., “The Maryland Harvest” takes us on a gastronomic tour of farms throughout the state with talented chefs such as Charleston’s Cindy Wolf, Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen, David McCallum of the Tilghman Island Inn and Rob Plant of Blue Wind Gourmet. www.themarylandharvest.com

Know Your Roots: Eat Local
A short documentary film on the benefits of eating “local” food. Filmed and produced in Boston, MA by Sara DeForest and Scott Silverman.

LOCAL – A Short Documentary
Christian Remde explores how in the past ten years, the organic food industry has become big business and how consumers have been left wondering exactly what the word “Organic” means.