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Good Food Awards Marketplace

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Good Food Month kicks off this Saturday with a special marketplace featuring finalists from the Good Food Awards. From January 14'“February 20th, the Bay Area will celebrate “the myriad food crafters creating tasty, authentic and responsible food, and the agricultural communities they are tied to.” Saturday’s marketplace will take place in the Ferry Building, where overpriced, organic, local, fair trade, foods go to die. I mean be eaten.

Closing with SF Beer Week February 11'“20, the month is broken down into four other categories: Coffee & Chocolate, Cheese & Preserves, Pickles & Charcuterie, and Immigrant Food Week.  Which sounds incorrect. It reminds me of the time on 30 Rock when Jack and his girlfriend Elisa, played by Salma Hayek, have this conversation:

That doesn't sound right.

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Jack: It’s not because you’re a… I’m sorry. What… do you call… yourself ?
Elisa: A Puerto-Rican.
Jack: No, I know you can say that but what do I call you?
Elisa: Puerto-Rican.
Jack: Wow. That does not sound right.

Anyway, sidetracked! Back to the good food. I counted and out of the 80 finalists (out of 780 entries from all over the country), 38 are from California. That is because California is the best. And, aside from the last week of heinously freezing days, we usually have temperate weather that allows us to grow food and actually eat locally. Plant some basil in your windowsill and you’ll see what I mean. Now, I have a personal vendetta against New York for stealing all my friends, but that place has objective drawbacks as well. The closest you could get to truly eating local in New York is if you go totally ape style, grab a stick of bamboo for a straw, and start sucking bedbugs out of your mattress. Enjoy your grub!

Good Food Awards Marketplace
Saturday, January 15, 8am'“2pm
Ferry Building
FREE

*photo from this SFGate article

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