Food for thought 

Second annual Hilltrip fundraiser educates about Slow Food practices

By Nicole Fitzgerald

Fighting fast food mania, the Slow Food movement connects people with what they are eating through education, awareness and most importantly showcasing Slow-Food friendly bites.

Hilltrip hosts its second Step It Up fundraiser with a Sustainable Food Session on Friday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at Maxx Fish. Proceeds from the event benefit the Snowrider Project.

“Healthy living, healthy planet,” said event organizer Marie Fortin of Hilltrip. “When we talk about slow food, we are talking about eating locally, not buying food that has traveled miles and miles and flown over oceans. It really has an impact on global warming.”

The evening begins with three guest speakers followed by free food and drink sampling. Diana Rochon will talk about the Slow Food Movement, Sarinda Hoilett will share insights into highly vibrational foods and Randall Carpenter will wrap up with a presentation on Super Food.

DJ Rob Banks takes over at 9 p.m. to spin funky grooves well into the night.

“It’s about being informed and having fun at the same time,” Fortin said. “People care about their environment. Hilltrip hosts an event so people can learn something and then act on it.”

Hilltrip hosts various fundraising events throughout the year to fund initiatives that improve the sustainability of living in the mountains. One of those initiatives is The Snowrider Project, which fosters a sense of stewardship towards alpine and valley watersheds by taking action to ensure a clean, connected ecosystem is enjoyed by all.

“During the event, representatives from Surfrider Vancouver will be available on-site to provide information about the Snowrider Project,” Fortin said. “The group has accomplished major achievements around the world with issues such as water pollution and saving endangered areas.”

Admission is $10 and includes an entry into the raffle draw to win a three-day Surf Experience Expedition, as well as countless other prizes.

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