Friday, July 30, 2010
You know those moments where all feels right with the world? I had one of those moments, days actually, at the Kickapoo Country Fair last weekend.
My kids played in dirt and sand, my daughter mostly parked on a pile of sand, and my son—who knows? I saw him briefly as he ran through the crowd, chased by and chasing another boy as they played tag, or spies. They played outside all day in the bosom of Mother Nature.
The fair was nestled in the lush, green hills of Wisconsin's Driftless region, at the headquarters of Organic Valley near La Farge. What better place to gain inspiration for producing great food than that? And nothing but amazing, beautiful food was to be had at the fair.
When my son came running to ask for cotton candy, I wasn't worried about the food dyes, or processed sugar. Nope, this was organic, maple cotton candy. Smoothies, wraps, and of course dairy products, all organic, abound.
I was there with my West African dance group, WADOMA, performing on the acoustic stage. After teaching and performing during the day, I was more than excited to find so many great food vendors there. My favorite was Asase Yaa. African food at the Kickapoo Fair? Yes!! I was in heaven. The food was delicious, ranging from vegetarian curries, to grilled tilapia with a tomato sauce, to Ghanaian spiced chicken. All served with love on a compostable bed of banana leaves, and a reusable plate-basket, featuring mostly organic and locally grown ingredients.
Food that is delicious, healthy and treats the world kindly? That is more than fair.