A variety of organic snacks and meals, such as cookies, fresh-pressed organic juice, and vegetarian sausages, will be offered at the natural-foods pavilion and fair-trade cafe. For those who prefer spicier fare, Nirvana, an Indian restaurant, will be preparing a number of its authentic Indian entrées. As a nod to the raw-foods trend, raw vegan cuisine will also be available. The beer garden will feature the Maine-based Peak Organic Brewing Company and Wolaver’s Organic Ales, the nation’s first certified brewery.
New to the festival this year is Chix, the Latin-inspired U Street restaurant, which prides itself on using exclusively organic ingredients, clean energy, and environmentally friendly products. The popular ecoconscious cafe Java Green will be back, as will a number of others.
In order to participate, food vendors must prepare food in an actively responsible manner, offer at least one vegetarian option, not sell bottled water, and serve on compostable plates. Every year, the Green Festival produces less waste, and this year only 7 percent is expected go to a landfill.
Speakers, such as Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal, will discuss topics ranging from how to cook using solar energy to the positive effects of the global pet-food recalls last year.
“I think the ability to eat well and do well in DC is really exciting,” Davidson says. “The days of having to choose pleasure over planet are well over.”
Saturday 10 to 7 and Sunday 11 to 6 at the Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Pl., NW; 202-249-3000). Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors, students, bus riders, and bike riders; under age 18 free.
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