Community tour fest spotlights local, nutritious food in West Long Beach

Local eateries, urban gardens and farmers offered free samples, live music and food education as part of a community tour event in West Long Beach on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout Santa Fe Avenue between the Admiral Kidd Park area up to Columbia Street, attendees of the Everybody Eats Festival learned how local businesses and organizations are doing their part to bring more fresh and nutritious food to the area.

Maria Saenz, who said she’s lived in the area for more than 20 years, said that this was the first time she’s attended an event like this. She said it was a beautiful event because it helped educate people, and especially children, about where the food they eat comes from.

Tony Damico, co-directer of Long Beach Fresh, an organization that helped organize the event, said he hoped that attendees got “a good taste of West Long Beach.” He said his group’s next goal is to launch a “food hub” in West Long Beach with Food Finders.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at