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Calgary Food Revolution Day event aims to promote local

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is encouraging people around the world to “stand up for real food” on May 19, and a local Calgary café is taking that message to heart.

As part of the global Food Revolution Day, local food writer Julie Van Rosendaal is spearheading an event at Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar with the intention to promote the importance of local food and raise money for charity.

Gravity owner Andy Fennell said the idea of using real, local ingredients is a philosophy he operates his business on, sourcing the majority of his products from Calgary suppliers.

“I think today people are looking to go back to the future as I call it,” he said. “When I was a kid, we used to grocery shop on the same street that we lived back in England and everything was very local. The world has gone the other way now. I think it’s important to remember where we started and to try and support local people.”

Gravity will be giving away free, locally sourced food on Saturday between 6 p.m. and midnight in exchange for donations to Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids Society, which delivers lunches to schools each day.

For more on Food Revolution Day, visit foodrevolutionday.com.

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