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ECHO to hold Global Food and Farm Fest event

March 13, 2020
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

ECHO has held its Global Food and Farm Festival since 1992, focusing on sustainable living, agriculture, and food. The name has changed and so has the format at times, but the objective has always been to provide attendees with the opportunity to taste exotic foods, experience life in another country and learn about food and culture in a new way.

When ECHO holds its 29th annual festival this year, it will introduce a new, two-day format, on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, with two different ways to present the event.

Spokesperson Danielle Flood said the offerings were good for a Saturday audience, but the ability to offer more activities they have never tried before made them change the format.

"Opening it for two days offers us more activities for different people to enjoy. It's not just the festival atmosphere, but a chef-led dinner and tours of the farm with different themes," Flood said.

Friday will feature scheduled events that are ticketed separately. There will be an Edible Backyard Design Workshop at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and a Garden and Glass Tour at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., both for $10 per person.

There will also be a Tropical Tasting Lunch at noon for $25 per person and a Long Table Dinner and Auction at 6 p.m. for $85 per person.

The dinner will be a unique dinner experience featuring chef-led, fresh from the farm cuisine enjoyed in the lighted tropical bamboo courtyard. It is hoped this will become the signature event for the festival.

"The chef is passionate about using farm-fresh flavors. He has partnered with us to offer a multi-course moonlight dinner," Flood said. "We're excited to share with people the flavors of the farm."

Saturday, will bring the festival in a way people are used to, with tours and seminars and tasting experiences for people of all ages from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person, with children 8 and under free.

The open-air festival will include educational exhibits and workshops, interactive displays, food samples, on-stage cooking shows, plant sales and more.

"We encourage people to come on Saturday. It's great for families. People curious about learning and experiencing the farm hands on," Flood said. "We would love for this to be a great community event."

ECHO is at 17391 Durrance Road. For more information, go to



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