Charlotte offers a bazillion and one ways to celebrate the fall season with festivals, football games and celebrations for just about everything. Coming up this weekend, Friendship Trays and Slow Food Charlotte are joining forces to present the 5th Annual Friendship Trays Garden Party, a harvest celebration for the nonprofit organization and its good deeds, which continue to grow.
Established in 1978, Friendship Trays is Charlotte's Meals on Wheels program, preparing and delivering more than 750 meals a day to folks in need. Friendship Gardens, its local food counterpart, was established in 2010 to support the needs of this vital program by growing more food.
An expanding network of gardens scattered across the community in churches, schools, institutions and now, backyards helps to serve this growing need and has continued to expand its mission. Last year, Friendship Gardens introduced a groundbreaking mobile produce truck to reach residents living in food deserts. This year, Friendship Gardens is focused on an urban farm project to continue to reach people in need with healthy, local food.
Proceeds from the annual garden party will go to support the continued work of Friendship Gardens and Friendship Trays. The harvest celebration will feature a festival-like atmosphere, field-to-fork appetizers prepared by local chefs, entertainers, music and a silent auction.
The event is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at 2401 Distribution St., Charlotte. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.friendship-gardens.org.