UM, Oxford to Celebrate Food Day Oct. 16

Festival to feature market, cooking demonstration, mobile farm bus and more

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss CommunicationsThe University of Mississippi Student Union Plaza will transform into an on-campus farmers’ market and festival on Thursday, Oct. 16 as part of the fourth annual Food Day celebration, a nationwide celebration and movement toward healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

The Food Day Farmers’ Market and Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The event features a mobile farm bus, farmers selling local produce and educational displays by campus and community groups including the UM Food Bank, Real Food Rebels, the Oxford Community Garden, Good Food For Oxford Schools and others.

During the festival, Blue Cross, Blue Shield chef Labron Alexander will perform a healthy cooking demonstration as part of the university’s new wellness program, RebelWell.

Campus Food Day events also include a screening of “Fed Up” on Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Overby Center Auditorium.  Following the festival on Oct. 16, students will discuss “The State of the Food at UM,” during a panel discussion in the Overby Center Auditorium from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

For more information about Food Day events, e-mail or contact Lindsey Abernathy at 662-915-3442.