Monthly Archive for July, 2013

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods Co-Founder at the Food Mavericks Panel

MikeFataWe’re excited to announce our fourth and final panelist in the first annual Food Mavericks Panel at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival on September 19th. We’ll be hosting co-founder of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Mike Fata.

Mike is the ultimate spokesperson for his own product. Formerly weighing in at 300-pounds as an unhealthy and unhappy teenager, he was eventually able to lose weight in a healthy way through the introduction of hemp foods, specifically EFAs (essential fatty acids), fiber, and essential amino acids. His focus became quality, balanced nutrition. Lucky for him, hemp is both delicious and contains all of the essentials – protein, omegas, fiber, minerals and vitamins. And so began his path to an overall healthier lifestyle.

Since his discovery of the wonders of hemp, Mike has become passionate about sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with others about healthy living.  In Canada, he is a mentor for other small business owners and donates his time at community and public events.  He is a Director for the Canadian Organic Trade Association, actively involved in the Young Presidents Organization, and past President of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance. Mike is the proud recipient of numerous awards including Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Health Food Association’s Organics Leadership.

PrintWe’re really looking forward to hear what Mike brings to the table at our Food Mavericks Panel. Also, inspired  by his visit, some of our own Harvest Festival team will be trying a hemp oil cleanse—we look forward to keeping you updated on their progress and hope to see you in September!

Buy tickets to the Food Mavericks panel here.

Meet the Locals: Farmers and Food Artisans

The Wood River Valley of Idaho is home to a burgeoning culinary scene along with a wealth of agricultural gems, organic producers, and local chefs who curate seasonal menus consistent with the local food movement. So naturally the 4th annual Sun Valley Harvest Festival has become a haven for foodies who appreciate fresh, sustainable, local, and quality ingredients that are key to delicious and healthy meals.

That’s why this year we’ve added a new event to our lineup to introduce you to our local producers, right here in the Valley. Join us for…


Meet the Locals: Farmers and Food Artisans
Our very own local market will be sponsoring the first annual “Meet the Locals” event on Friday, September 20th from 1 – 4 pm. Attendees will have a chance to wander around Atkinsons’ and meet different farmers and purveyors in order to better understand where their food comes from. Some of these farms include Southwind Farms in Heyburn, M&M Heath Organics in Buhl, Sweet Valley Organics in Sweet, and Wood River Organics in Bellevue. You’ll get a chance to talk these farmers and learn more about their operations, along with sample their products and working with high-altitude gardening.

Why get involved? Atkinson’s owner Whit Atkinson says, “Our customers want the very best when it comes to produce and we not only want to deliver the best, we also want to support our local and regional farmers. What better way to show and introduce our farmers to our customers then through the ‘Meet the Locals’ event.”

Some other events and organizations that help facilitate this connection between our community and its food sources right here in our Valley:

Edible Idaho Southtaite Idaho’s Bounty
Idaho Preferred
Idaho Wine Commission
Outstanding in the Field
Wood River Farmers Market

Seats still available! Saturday, July 20th: Outstanding in the Field, a “roving culinary adventure”dedicated to “re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it,” is coming to Idaho for the very first time! Local chefs (and former SVHF Guest Chef/James Beard Nominee) Taite Pearson and Sarah Lipton from della Mano will be creating a delicious meal for diners at the Sweet Valley Organics Farm in Sweet, Idaho. Buy tickets here!

Final Guest Chef Announced! The SVHF Welcomes Malika Ameen


We’re thrilled to announce a fifth Guest Chef as a part of our Demonstrations and Presentations in Foodie Heaven on Saturday, September 21st. Her specialty is one that is close to ours hearts and has yet to be explored in the Harvest Festival demo kitchens… desserts!

Malika Ameen is a Chicago-based chef and was one of the 12 contestants on Bravo’s new series, Top Chef: Just Desserts. Malika focuses her expertise on using only the finest ingredients and is a master at finding the whisper of spice that will enhance her unique flavor combinations.

Malika was trained in New York and has worked with an array of renowned pastry chefs.  She has been featured on the Today Show and has worked with celebrity clients including Nate Berkus and Michelle Obama.  As a head chef at the famous Chateau Marmont, in Los Angeles, Malika perfected her decadent dessert creations (including her now famous Sticky Toffee Pudding…oh my goodness) and continues to share her passion for indulgent dessert through her business byMdesserts.

Join us on Saturday, July 20th at the Chef Demonstrations and learn the secrets behind Malika’s successful career in the world of sweets.  We can only begin to imagine the delicious recipes she’ll share with us, not to mention the samplings of the finished product! Buy your tickets to see Malika’s Cooking Demonstration.

Read more about Malika’s career here.