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Let’s Talk About Food Festival focuses on healthy eating

The third Let’s Talk About Food Festival is slated for Sept. 26 and 27 in Copley Square.

The festival is billed at the region’s largest outdoor food and health education festival.

The free event will feature local and celebrity chefs, food writers, and food scientists and academics. There will be kid-friendly cooking demonstrations, workshops, and gardening activities.


The featured chefs and speakers include former White House Pastry chef Bill Yosses, Tony Maws of Craigie on Main and Kirkland Tap and Trotter, Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade, Mary Dumont of Harvest Restaurant, Eric Brennan of Post 390, and Matt Jennings of Townsman.

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The event will also have discussions, including “debunking the myth that ‘fresh seafood is always best’” with Harvard academic and National Geographic fellow Barton Seavor, and how to choose the most sustainable meat with Jennings.

And, because it’s a food festival, there will be food samples and vendors on hand.

The event is “aimed at increasing the level of public literacy about all aspects of our food system” according to organizers.

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Runners need to do more than just run, many experts say. Now they can take part in a weekly cross-training class specifically for runners at Marathon Sports in Melrose.

The Foster Fitness workout is held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. The workouts are led by Meghan McClorey, a certified trainer, two-time Ironman, and eight-time marathoner.

The workouts are a 45-minute outdoor cross-training class focused on preventing injuries associated with running and increasing strength and power.

Each workout costs $3.

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Healthworks Fitness and Impact are teaming up to provide free training and resources on how to protect against violence in a Community Self Defense class in Copley Square plaza from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept 10. The event is free and open to everyone.

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