This Salmon Days will be leaner, cleaner and greener

September 15, 2009

By Staff

Celebrating its 40th year, Salmon Days remains as “fresh, fun and free” as the day J.P. Patches made his cameo appearance before a crowd of 15,000 at the first Salmon Festival in 1969.But, like all good things, fun has a way of catching up with our “waste-lines.” Thus, this year’s festival food services will be totally compostable, according to the Issaquah Salmon Days Festivals Office.

This year, all food vendors will serve their food on 100 percent compostable service ware and to-go containers. Everything from your spoons, plates and cups to the straw in your drink are made from corn, sugar cane, bamboo and wheat byproducts, which makes them all fully compostable. Join the fun, friendly folks at the recycle stations who will happily help you dispose of your food containers.

Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the Salmon Days Office, the city’s Resource Conservation Office and with help from Ohfishal Spawnsor Cedar Grove Composting and Food Services of America, the 2009 Issaquah Salmon Days Festival will be a totally food waste compostable event. This year, celebrate the Salmon Days “big 4-0” more re-spawn-sibly than ever.

While you are in Foods of the World, wander over to the Cube of Food and see the miracle of decomposition in action. The Cube of Food has been featured at other Seattle festivals this year and Salmon Days is proud to be a host. The cube will contain 700-800 pounds of food waste.

The festival again is using biodiesel buses for the shuttle service, biodiesel generators and is offering the Bike Corral for those who would like to be really “green” and pedal to the festival. Free bike inspections are being offered, too.

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