Rooted In Community presented by Rooted Santa Barbara County

COST: [Free]
Organizer: Rooted Santa Barbara County

Rooted Santa Barbara County is thrilled to announce its upcoming FREE community event, “Rooted In Community,” taking place on October 14th, 2023 at the Community Arts Workshop at 631 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, Ca. from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This exciting event promises to be a celebration of the power of community, plant-based foods, and local culture, bringing together residents, businesses, and organizations in the Santa Barbara area to learn about the opportunity for foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds to benefit health and gain simple, accessible, culturally-diverse ways to enjoy them.

“Rooted In Community” aims to foster a sense of belonging and interconnectedness within Santa Barbara County around plant-based foods, emphasizing the importance of community collaboration and the role of food in health for a brighter future. This event will offer a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to come together and engage in live bilingual recipe demos in the Rooted In the Kitchen Workshop with Rooted educators and partners from the Foodbank of SBC, Breast Cancer Resource Center, Apples to Zucchini Cooking School, and Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. The event will also be filled with interactive chalk art and kid-friendly activities in “Eat the Rainbow Alley” and plant-based bites to sample from celebrated local restaurants including Rascals Vegan, Satellite, Blue Owl, and more in the Plant-Powered Canteen! 

Admission to “Rooted In Community” is FREE and open to all members of the Santa Barbara County community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their friends and family for a day of education, inspiration, and community building.

The first 50 guests to pre-register to let Rooted know they’re coming will receive a sweet treat from Sun & Swell Foods when they arrive and all guests who pre register will be entered into a drawing for one Rooted Farmers Market bag filled with fun plant-based goodies! 

Pre-register and find more information on “Rooted In Community” at!

Highlights of the event will include:

  • Rooted In the Kitchen Workshop: You can cook plant-based! Join us for a series of 20-minute interactive recipe demos highlighting our partnerships with local nonprofit organizations – get new recipes, tips and taste test foods along the way
  • Eat the Rainbow Alley Children’s Activities: Kids can contribute to a live ‘eat the rainbow’ chalk mural and engage in kids fruit and veggie activities with our friends at Apples to Zucchini Cooking School
  • Plant-Powered Canteen: Enjoy tastings of delicious plant-based foods from local restaurants and celebrate the region’s food culture and talent.
  • Get to Know Rooted! Learn about our mission, get to know our team, and discover innovative ways that Rooted serves as a collaborative hub between our health and food sectors through nutrition and food skills education programs and resources, healthcare training, and system changing partnerships.

Rooted Santa Barbara County is a preventive health organization dedicated to making the healthiest choices the easiest, preferred, most accessible, and common choices in Santa Barbara County and to fostering a sense of unity within the community. This event aligns with their mission and presents a valuable opportunity for Santa Barbara County residents to come together and make a difference in our community’s long-term and intergenerational health through the power of food.

Rooted’s generous partners and sponsors making this event possible include: Santa Barbara Foundation, Cottage Population Health, Plant2Platter, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Breast Cancer Resource Center, Apples to Zucchini Cooking School, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, Satellite, Rascals Vegan, Blue Owl and Sun and Swell Foods.

For more information about “Rooted In Community,” please visit For volunteer opportunities or to participate in the event as a sponsor, please contact Chair Beth Skidmore at

About Rooted Santa Barbara County:

Rooted Santa Barbara County is a community-based organization mobilizing Santa Barbara County to grow health equity and resilience through whole food plant-based nutrition education and support. Rooted is a fiscally sponsored organization of the Santa Barbara Foundation. Visit for more information.

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