YORK TWP. — A heaping helping of delicious treats and fun activities was served up Tuesday at Buckeye Library’s eighth annual Family Food Fest.
Library Director Laura Kettering said the event usually attracts more than 400 people who enjoy plates including sushi, homemade chocolates, barbecue dishes, and cookies.
“We’re going to be making apple doughnuts later on,” she said. “Kids can take an apple slice and cover it in chocolate, peanut butter and other toppings. It’s fun for them to choose. It’s such a fun time every year where we can welcome the community into the library, and it’s a way for families to spend time together.”
Exhibitors at the library included Aldi, Buckeye Blanket Buddies, Cocoa: Gourmet Artisan Chocolates, The Cookie Shack, Gridirne Cookery, Katee’s Confections, Nate the Great, The Olive Tap, Twiisted Burgers & Sushi, Young Living Oils, and the Medina County Health Department.
Kids were invited to build grape caterpillars at Aldi’s exhibit, and presentations throughout the afternoon included a tutorial from the University of Akron on making pineapple salsa and tips for separating good fat from bad fat while making meal choices.
Nine-year-old Carter McDonald, of Litchfield Township, was spotted washing down his food choices with fresh peppermint water.
“The peppermint isn’t as strong as I thought, but I like it,” he said. “There’s a lot of good food, but I liked the barbecue the most.”
Kettering said a lack of knowledge about good fats and bad fats is one of the easiest mistakes to make in a daily diet.
“It’s so important, getting those fats you want in your routine and diet,” she said. “It’s easier said than done. The speaker today was a wellness nurse for many years who transitioned into speaking about the importance of being proactive about your health before you need a doctor or intervention.”