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Finding a Vegan Wine

  When people make the decision to go vegan, they tend to focus on ensuring that the food they eat is free of animal products. Many new vegans are surprised to discover, though, that they must also consider the use of animal products when choosing what to drink. Proteins and other solids can give wine a cloudy appearance and affect the flavor. Winemakers use fining agents to remove the solids and adjust the flavor. These agents usually either bind with the solids due to the opposite electrical charges of the two substances or simply absorb the impurity. Fining agents like …

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Eating Sustainably: Just One of Many “Green” Topics at the 2016 GastroFest

  Sustainable food is about sustainable agriculture, food distribution, and food choices that allow us to produce healthful food while preserving future generations’ ability to do the same. And, yes, it really does matter. A lot. In 2011, a global consortium of scientists published a study aimed at determining whether or not we could feed the world’s population without destroying the environment and, thus, ourselves. We could, they say, but only if we change five things in combination: halt farmland expansion, close yield gaps, use inputs more strategically, shift diets, and reduce waste. Sustainable food may seem like an abstract …

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GastroFest 2016 – Celebrating Local Food, March 19 in Hemming Park

GastroFest 2015 in Hemming Park

Mark your calendars for March 19, 2016, because GastroFest is back and better than ever! Taking place in at from 11am to 7pm, with GastroFest After Dark happening from 7-10:30pm on Laura St.  This year GastroFest will be a cash based festival – so please make sure to bring CASH! Each vendor is required to have sample sizes available for $1- $3 throughout the festival. We have encouraged Taste Vendors to have options for carnivores and vegans alike! GastroFest 2016 Program Click through the interactive GastroFest 2016 Program above for full map of vendors and events, complete with links and schedules.     …

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Tidal Craft Ice – pops with a buzz

Love to savor the taste of craft cocktails and wish you didn’t have to leave your house, or pay $12 to enjoy one? So did Rhonda and Suzanah of Bold City Pops, so they found a solution and named it Tidal Craft Ice. Tidal Craft Ice is simple, yet it’s never done before. It’s best described as a cocktail cube, and it takes care of the fresh, specialty ingredients that make you delicious craft cocktails, and puts them right at your fingertips in your freezer. Here’s how it works, grab your cube of choice, add your favorite type of alcohol …

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GastroFest Brings Thousands of Diners Downtown

GastroFest 2015 in Hemming Park

Foodies Unite Cook it, brew it, bake it, and they will come. During our first annual , held March 21st in , Jacksonville came hungry and left happy. First, we’d like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors and people who donated to our initial campaign; without you there would not have been an event. We want to extend our thanks and appreciation to every single attendee, vendor, venue, and volunteer who helped make this dream a reality. Our goal at is to put Jacksonville on the culinary map, all while educating people on food history and culture, and GastroFest …

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CRAFT BREW at GASTROFEST on MARCH 21st at HEMMING PARK!

 is a celebration of Jacksonville’s food and beverage scene! If there’s one thing North Florida does well, it’s craft brewing, so it’s a major focus of our fest. Come visit us at on March 21st from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to see what’s brewing! We are proud to be serving up a variety of locally-produced craft beers from , , , , , , , and in our beverage tents during the entire festival. We will also have McKenzie’s Cider and other drinks available for purchase in our beverage tents. Local craft beer merchants  will have a tent in …

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GastroFest 2015 Schedule of Events & Tastings! March 21st, Hemming Park 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Welcome to GastroFest; we hope you are excited! This program of events will give you the details on what is happening, when, and where throughout the day. Our goal is to bring you tastes from around the First Coast, expert speakers, chef demos, kids’ activities and more! So get out there and try some of the finest cuisine Jacksonville has to offer – and don’t forget to use #GastroFest2015 and #321GastroFest! What are Taste Tickets, how do they work, and where do I get them? Taste Tickets will be your currency during . Each Taste Ticket costs $1 and, on …

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On the D’Land Productions Music Stage

On March 21st, in Hemming Park from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. GastroFest will have food from around the First Coast, expert speakers, chef demos and more! This food focused fest has a wide variety of activities, from homebrew to local wine and whiskey tastings.  All of this will be set to local music from the free D’Land Music Stage! The D’Land Music Stage  lineup starts at 11:00 a.m. with the poetic and introspective stylings of hip hop artist Tough Junkie.  At 12:20 p.m., the eclectic, diverse and energetic alternative/folk band Jacksonvegas takes the stage.  Jazz fusion sets the mood for a …

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GastroFest Kid’s & Education Zone

On March 21st, in  from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.  will have food from around the First Coast, expert speakers, chef demos and more! This food focused fest has a wide variety of activities, from homebrew and wine tastings to kid-friendly activities. Our GastroFest Kid’s & Education Zone during the festival will be in and around  on Laura Street from 11a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Inside Visit Jacksonville, we have bees under glass from the . A beekeeper will be there to answer questions and educate both kids and adults about the hard-working insects that not only produce honey, but also support agriculture …

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GastroFest – March 21, 2015 in Hemming Park

  Coming to Hemming Park on March 21st is GastroFest! Presented by GastroJax and hosted by , GastroFest will include restaurants, local food providers, local craft beer, cookbook authors, chef demos, and tastings, all to celebrate the food culture of the First Coast. You might know  as a 2014  project which made the top 20 out of over 600 projects and won the Golden Ticket from Void magazine and  As part of winning the Golden Ticket, Adjective & Co. have designed the  logo, which was introduced late last month. Since One Spark, GastroJax has held two fundraisers, the Damn Good …

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