March 19, 2016 through March 20, 2016

Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Rd, Spring Hill, FL 34609

Focused on promoting farm-to-table foods, as well as fresh eggs from backyard chickens, this festival is especially family friendly with lots of kids’ activities such as bounce houses, face painting, bungee jumping and more, plus a beer tent for the adults and lots of goodies to eat.

The Festival will be open Saturday 18th March 2016
10am to 8pm
Sunday 19th
10am to 6pm.

Children 5 & under – Free
Ages 6 to 12 – $5.00
Adults (13+) – $7.00
Parking – $5.00 (Per car)

Rain or Shine!

Will there be alcohol served at the Festival?
Yes, we have beer and wine available for purchase. If you plan to drink, you MUST show valid ID.

Pets With Benefits

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Keeping chickens is relatively inexpensive. And when you raise your own chickens, you can control what they’re fed and how they’re treated. Backyard hens produce eggs that are always fresh and nutritious. They supply more vitamin A, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and omega-3 and they’re also lower in saturated fat. If you get the opportunity to taste an egg that’s been home grown, you’ll understand why raising your own chickens is part of a larger trend in the U.S. today called the

“Farm-to-Fork Movement.”

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The Farm-to-Fork Movement

If you’ve ever bitten into what looks to be a vine-ripened, juicy, red tomato only to find it tastes more like cardboard, you know why the Farm-to-Fork movement is sweeping the country. What was old is new again.

In the past, fruits and vegetables were allowed to ripen in the sun and picked at the peak of flavor. Now, according to one study, the average vegetable travels 1,500 miles before arriving on your plate.

Farm to fork promotes the idea that we’re all better off when our food travels less distance to our plates. It’s all about shortening food miles. Local is just better; it’s direct and connected. And we reap the benefits of freshness, better nutrition and the best taste.

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The Festival That Gives Back

The Florida Chicken Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping our community. Many thanks to artist Anna Ohnieva, a foreign exchange student from Ukraine, for her donation of our logo design.

One in six Americans struggles with hunger and lack of fresh foods. For the hundreds of Hernando County residents who rely on food banks to help fill the gaps in their pantry, fresh fruits and vegetables can be hard to find. In fact, up to 90 percent of at-risk children don’t eat enough vegetables.

And some children have never even bitten into an apple. More than 75 percent of these children do not get the fresh fruits they need. The lack of access to fresh, healthy food puts these children, and their families, at a greater risk for diet-related health problems, disease and obesity.

From Farm to Fork to Families

With resources from the Florida Chicken Festival, we’ll provide donations of fresh fruits and vegetables to our local Hernando County food banks. Just by buying a ticket for a day of food and fun, you can help provide fresh, nutritious foods to those facing hunger.

 Our Mission Plant the Seed

The saying is, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. It’s in that spirit that the Chicken Festival wants to go beyond donating to local food banks.

With the help of Hernando County government officials and local business leaders, the Festival is establishing a year-round initiative called “Plant the Seed”to inspire, facilitate and promote the creation of home, school and community gardens across Hernando County.

Designed specifically to teach children, Plant the Seed will help young gardeners learn to grow their own food.

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The goal: to help children gain an understanding and respect for nature and the environment, learn where their food comes from and motivate them to taste, eat and enjoy fruits and vegetables. Gardening also promotes physical activity and can improve child health. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go directly to Plant the Seed to provide stackable garden sets, soil and seed for youth gardens in our community.

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