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What is Food Day and Healthfest?

Food Day & Healthfest is celebrated to inspire people to change the way we look at food, personally and collectively. Phoenix Food Day has been bringing education and entertainment together since 2014 to help the valley move towards a healthier future.  In 2019, Junior League of Phoenix partnered with the City to add a healthfest feature. Eating healthy is good for you, the economy, and the environment!

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Junior League of Phoenix is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and fighting hunger in the Greater Phoenix community. Learn more about Junior League of Phoenix and ways to get involved on their website.​​

About the Venues

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Spaces of Opportunity:

Spaces of Opportunity's mission is to enable all south Phoenix families to have affordable access to healthy food, active living and healthy roots in their cultures. Spaces is engineering a comprehensive, neighborhood-level food system where gardeners, farmers and farm workers are celebrated as artisans. Spaces is transforming a food desert to a food oasis through the coordination of a 10-acre incubator farm, family gardens and an on-site farmers market.

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V.H. Lassen Elementary School serves grades K-8 and is a part of the Roosevelt School District. Located across the street from Spaces of Opportunity, the school provides a safe and nurturing environment that empowers students and strengthens their ties to the community. Their curriculum incorporates innovative learning opportunities and technologies that serve the needs of today’s students to better prepare them for tomorrow.​​

Be One of the First 150 People to Arrive to Receive a FREE Produce Bag!

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Have the opportunity to build your own produce bag with seasonal produce grown by the Spaces farmers for a $10 value! 

Make your mark and help paint a mural celebrating South Phoenix food and culture!

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Stephanie Guillermina Castro (@La_Mala_Mina​), also known by her peers as Castro, is a first generation Queer Andean woman of Mapuche & Emberá decent. She is passionate about creative storytelling, event & community organizing and supporting others through birth work and other healing modalities. She is a multi-medium creative guided by her ancestors through the practice of paint, graphic art, performance, poetry and event curation. Born and raised on Lenape, Canarsie & Matinecock land, Castro also spent a majority of her upbringing in her parents' homelands of what is currently known as Colombia & Chile. This connection and access to her ancestral lands has deeply influenced her outlook on the human experience and her role as a Condor on Eagle land. In her art she enjoys diving into narratives of Andean Indigeneity & spirituality, the myths of latinidad & the repercussions of colonization, intergenerational trauma, and gender & sexuality. Castro would like to express deep gratitude towards her ancestors who guide & protect her.​

Watch, Learn and Interact with Local Chefs at the Live Cooking Demos!

Healthy eating is delicious! Come learn how to make​ yummy dishes that are easy to prepare and use fresh and local ingredients. ​​​


Chris Lenza.jfifChris Lenza, National Executive Chef of the Cafe Bon Appetit Wellness Team

Recipe: Phoenix Food Day “Macaroni and Cheese”

Rea Lumache Pasta Tossed with a Butternut Squash - Silken Tofu and Goat Cheese Sauce Topped with Pecans, Basil and Tepary Beans​​​

Free Baby Shots & Adult Vaccinations Available on Site

Over at Lassen Elementary, you can get your kids vaccinations and adults can get a flu shot for FREE all event long!

Please bring: An immunization record for anyone receiving a vaccination.

Children can receive the following vaccines:

Polio, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, HIB, HPV,   Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Pneumonia, Meningitis, Rotavirus

Adults can receive a vaccine for shingles an the flu.

Eat Delicious Local Food

Enjoy the local food trucks that will be on site all day long!

                                                                    Trash Panda Vegan​  

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R&E BBQ Eats and More

Take a Walk Along One or Two of Our Story Paths​


​Señorita Mariposa​ by Ben Gundersheimer

Take a walk through the Spaces of Opportunity farm and read about the extraordinary journey that monarch butterflies take each year from Canada to Mexico; with text in both English and Spanish! 

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Cross the street from Spaces over to Lassen Elementary to walk and read this story chronicling Yuyi Morales' journey from Mexico to the United States with her young son, Kelly; with text in both English and Spanish! Finish the walk by entering to win one of our grand prizes at the table located at the by the end of the path!

Get Into the Fall Spirit and Learn More about Spaces of Opportunity and its Farmers on a HAYRIDE TOUR!

​Each hay ride and can hold up to 15 people and will run every 30 minutes. 

Participate in a Wide Variety of Healthy Kids Activities!

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From yoga/dance classes to blender bike rides to veggie toss games to paper rocket-building stations and more, there are plenty of activities for your kids to choose from!

​​Hear from Local Officials and Participate in the Event's Annual Apple Crunch

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Students and members of the Phoenix Fire Department participating in the annual Food Day and Healthfest Apple Crunch in 2018.

Experience performances, music, and more!​

Don't miss out an amazing performance by Ballet Folklorico Itzamatul Del Valle Del Sol​, a Mexican folkloric dance group​!​​