LOOKING BACK: 2022 EVENTS
A series of events to connect local food in Long Beach, California
THURSDAY, MARCH 31
DelicaSea at the Bixby Knolls Farmers Market
Join us at the Bixby Knolls Farmers Market for a showcase of local seafood and the wonders of the ocean along the Long Beach coast. Visitors will get to taste local aquaculture and chef-prepared treats, learn more about the ocean and can participate in our placemaking of the area including volunteer painting days at the Market leading up to the big day! The event is on Thursday, March 31st, but feel free to sign-up to help paint a mural on 24th during Market Hours.
LB COUNTY FAIR is a partnership between Long Beach Fresh and the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association. Our Blue Ribbon Urban Ag Competition at the event is sponsored by Green Wisdom Herbal Studies. This annual "food takeover" of First Fridays is a hit with local gardeners and the community-at-large.
FRIDAY, APRIL 1
LB County Fair and Blue Ribbon Urban Agriculture Contest
The LB County Fair harkens back to our city's agricultural roots. Get to know your local green thumbs at the Blue Ribbon Urban Agriculture Contest where you might encounter a radish the size of a small tree or a beautiful bunch of bananas grown by your neighbor! Local farms and food producers will be in attendance and hope to get more acquainted with you and the folks at Bixby Knolls always embellish with exciting sights and sounds like a petting zoo, stilt walkers and musical accompaniment.
NLB CROP SWAP is a partnership between Long Beach Fresh and the Nehyam Neighborhood Association. This monthly gathering allows residents and visitors to exchange locally-grown food and gardening tips. The group meets at 10am on the First Saturday of the month at the Firehouse Community Farm at 6509 N Gundry Ave.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2
North Long Beach Crop Swap
Neighbors meet-up the first Saturday of the month to share backyard and garden-grown produce, herbs and plants. We gather from 10am-11am to share produce from our backyards and gardens. It's always a surprise what people will be sharing at the Crop Swap including pomegranates, oranges, lemons, limes, basil, rosemary, passion fruits, avocados, eggplants, kale, lettuce, tomatoes, ice cream bananas, figs, chilis, sage and more. Neighbors are encouraged to bring extra fresh fruits and vegetables they have grown from their home or garden plot and swap it with other neighbors who have grown food. Let's share in the bounty of all of our backyards and garden plots. Because our health begins locally with our home grown fruits and veggies.
HOME COOKS AND HOME GARDENS TOUR is organized by Long Beach Fresh to help promote awareness around the local adoption of AB 626: Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations and AB 1616: California Homemade Food Act.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2
Home Cooks and Home Gardens Tour
Long Beach is a haven for local food and it doesn't get any more local than your neighbors' backyards and kitchens. We'll be visiting some of LB's secret gardens across the city and enjoy delicious homemade food to celebrate the California Homemade Food Act that has helped entrepreneurs give birth to some of LB's favorite new restaurants and bakeries. We'll also highlight home chefs hoping to take advantage of the Microenterprise home Kitchen Operations law which has not yet taken effect in Long Beach but will enable same-day hot meal delivery in the near future.
THE NIGHT MARKLET is organized by the MAYE Center in partnership with the United Cambodian Community, Battbambong BBQ with supprot from Long Beach Fresh.
Sunday, April 3
Closing Party at the Night Marklet
The Night Marklet is a monthly display of Cambodian culture and talent. The community-based event takes place in Cambodia Town centered around the MAYE Center, a craftsman bungalow house and farm and the United Cambodian Community Center across the street. Inspired by a temporary parklet they developed during the pandemic, the Night Marklet started as a small village of local Cambodian makers and has grown to include family-friendly activities, music and displays of authentic Cambodian culture.