ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - We know all about supporting local businesses in the area, but we can also support local food.
Foodapalooza, Central Louisiana's biggest celebration of local food happened in downtown Alexandria Friday at the Hearn Stage Kress Theatre. This was the 5th annual Foodapalooza. It comes after a series of grassroots and eat local conversations that have occurred over the past 3 years. It opens the eyes of the community for our local foods as well as develops skills for all that the region's food industry could become.
John Cotton Dean said, "what's so exciting about it is all of the national presenters we get, all of the experts that come and really are so impressed with what's happening in Central Louisiana."
L. Kasimu Harris said, "it's a way to help to become self-sustaining in a sense. You talk about local foods opposed to foods that may have been shipped from around the world. Some foods we want from around the world, but for some of our produce, why get things from around the world if we have these resources in our own backyard?"
People attending had the opportunity to ride a trolley for a tour of several local farms, and some had the opportunity to attend a story-telling workshop from a man who has written about food for several different publications.