Food Revolution Day 2014 Featured Free Food, Friendly Zebra

Only in Pittsburgh does a food festival feed thousands of attendees for free and also feature a zebra.

Photo via Food Revolution Pittsburgh


Turns out there is such thing as a free lunch. The Obama Academy Cooking Club and Food Revolution: Pittsburgh sizzled up a savory party this afternoon, as 60 chefs from around the city served nutritious dishes to about 5,000 guests. More importantly, the event featured a petting zoo that included a super-friendly zebra, a llama and a few mini cows. This is a real thing.

Established by British Activist Jamie Oliver, the Food Revolution aims to promote balanced diets, especially for young people. Bobby Fry brought Oliver’s mission to Pittsburgh last year, and with such ingenious marketing tactics, we’d welcome him back anytime.

Fry has artfully combined Oliver’s initiative into a festival of feasting and fundraising in the hope of purchasing a food cart for the Obama Academy’s Cooking Club students, who will learn to manage and operate it. The Cooking Club members will also be expected to handle the profits, inventory and marketing for the business.

While proceeds of today’s event will mainly go toward getting the food cart rolling, Fry also hopes to better equip the Cooking Club with appliances and extend the student-run food cart concept to other schools. Local cafeterias had better watch out! Down with soggy french fries.

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#Fun: Take the kids to the International Children’s Theater and Festival


Three froggy mascots and a bipedal shark have been roaming around town this week. No, they’re not here for some some aquatic Furry Convention spin-off. They’re part of the 28th annual Pittsburgh International Children's Theater and Festival. The festivities feature a smorgasbord of kid-friendly activities that stimulate and (at times) defy the imagination. Does your child love Legos? The Steel City Lego Users group has pieced together sprawling Lego replicas of Pittsburgh monuments.

In addition, colorful spotlights illuminate a massive inflatable Moroccan tent on the downtown fairgrounds. Five different theater productions will also run throughout the week.

For more details, head to the Post-Gazette


What’s happening this weekend?


  • Venture Outdoors hosts its annual outdoors fest, which affords all attendees a shot at partaking in fun activities at no cost. — Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


  • Once again, Sewickley Unleashed — which includes a pet parade and 5K run/walk — will benefit the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. — Saturday, starts at 8:30 a.m.


  • Old Economy Village presents its Garden Mart, featuring an assortment of plants. — Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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