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Food Day 2012

Food: Good for Eating, Good for Thinking


Building on the run-away success of last year's event, Food Day 2012 at the University of Minnesota is two full-days of events, presentations, symposiums, and eating! Food Day 2012 is an event organized by U Students Like Good Food with support from the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute.

October 23rd, themed "Food good for eating", an expo will be held in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union. Featuring 30plus tables from community and University organizations on topics ranging from health and nutrition, to industry, sustainability and farming, October 23rd is a day to "get-to-know" food. A great lunch from a local caterer will be accented by a cooking demo by a local chef of the meal being served for lunch! It's as if you had your own personal chef! The day runs from 10am-3pm will include interactive experiences like; how to grow plants in a dorm room, sustainability wheel game, Food Day pledge, and what does dinner cost?

October 24th, themed "Food good for thinking", turns away from the expo style format and is located in Coffman Theatre on the 2nd floor of Coffman Memorial Union. 9am- 5pm is separated into two-hour timeblocks being led by various partners of Food Day 2012. Events will be a research symposium from the U of M's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, student-led "lightning talks", and a keynote presentation by Dr. Jon Foley, Director of the Institute on the Environment "Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?"

If you'd like to become a Food Day 2012 partner, join the student Core Team planning committee, or simply want more information contact Food Day 2012 coordinator Eric Sannerud at

October 23 Event Program (Coffman Great Hall):HFHL-StaffJenny_Photo

10am - 3pm Food Expo
12:15pm - Cooking Demonstration by Chef Jenny Breen, co-owner of Good Life Catering  

October 24 Event Program (Coffman Theater):


9am - 11am Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships Research Symposium
11:30am - 12:30pm Student Lightening Talks and Lunch
1:00pm - 2:45pm To Make a Farm screening

2012 University Food Day Partners:

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute
University Dining Services
UMN Extension – Cooking Matters
Institute for Advanced Study
The Food Industry Center
Didactic Program in Dietetics
Center for Spirituality and Healing
Regional Development Sustainable Partnerships
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
Department of Recreational Sports
U Students Like Good Food
Institute on the Environment


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Are you...

...a student interested in helping plan Food Day? 

...a faculty, staff, or community member interested in presenting on Food Day?

...a campus or community organization interested in hosting a booth on Food Day?

Contact Eric at to get involved!

World Food Day
16 October 2012