Free ‘Basil Bonanza’ Potluck Returns to Shaw This Week

by Courtney Brown August 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

Photo via Facebook : City BlossomsAn annual potluck centered around basil is coming back for another year.

City Blossoms, a nonprofit dedicated to urban farming, is set to hold its seventh annual “Basil Bonanza” at Marion Street Intergenerational Garden (1521 Marion St. NW) this Friday from 6-8 p.m.

“Join us to celebrate summer and basil,” the nonprofit’s website said. The “potluck style celebration” will have participants bring any homemade dish that includes the leafy green herb.

A contest has also been set for the potluck, according to City Blossom’s website. Local judges will decide who made the best basil dish in the community.

Judges will pick the best basil dish for these six categories:

  • Fire Cryer (hot)
  • Boom Suga Basil (sweet)
  • Basil Bunch (anything with basil)
  • Besto Pesto (pesto)
  • Viva la Vegan (best vegan dish with basil)
  • (overall best)

Here’s additional information on City Blossom from its website:

City Blossoms provides bilingual, free, and affordable after-school, in-school, and summer programming to predominantly Latino and African-American youth ranging from ages two through teens. We serve neighborhoods in which children and youth may not otherwise have access to green space. Since 2009, City Blossoms has worked on 42 sites in Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Washington DC is our home base where we test and innovate new ideas for designing and implementing urban gardens that are communal, educational, artistic expressions of their surroundings. Currently City Blossoms is working at 13 sites in Washington DC, including 10 gardens on educational campuses and two Community Green Spaces where we continue to experiment and develop our ideas.

To disseminate what we learn, City Blossoms develops partnerships with schools and community-based organizations both in our home, Washington DC, and across the country. We accomplish this with a team of knowledgeable consultants and educators who share our unique brand of gardens, science, art, health instruction, and community building.

Photo via Facebook / City Blossoms


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