Virtual Taste of Downtown highlights green-oriented businesses for Earth Day

As a nod to Earth Day, The Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s upcoming virtual Taste of Downtown food festival series is going green, highlighting local businesses and organizations that adopt practices to help mitigate their carbon footprint.

“DLBA is celebrating businesses who’ve adopted sustainable practices and want to leave their Downtown community a little greener in the process,” said Justine Nevarez, DLBA Special Projects Coordinator organizing the virtual event.

The three-hour livestream on Friday, April 23 will be educational and participatory, with the Aquarium of the Pacific leading a presentation on sustainable seafood and responsible dining and shopping tips, while local businesses share DIY vegan projects, cocktail recipes and host a sustainable wine tasting.

The Downtown Farmers Market will take viewers on a tour of the weekly market and meet some of the farmers and other small-businesses that set up shop.

Guests can also tune in for a Brazilian style musical performance from Pererě and a show from Reggae artist Ms. B Royal.

To watch the livestream on Facebook, click here. Program is from 6-9 p.m.

Schedule is as follows:

  • 6:00 – 6:10: Downtown Farmers Market tour and master of ceremony
  • 6:10 – 6:40: Brazilian style music performance by Pererě
  • 6:40 – 6:55: Daiquiri and Vegan Hoppin’ John Demos by The Ordinarie
  • 6:55 – 7:10: Refill and hand soap demonstration by BYO Long Beach
  • 7:10 – 7:25: Sustainable practices and Rosa 75 demonstrations
  • 7:25 – 7:40: Environmentally responsible architecture lecture by Studio One Eleven
  • 7:40 – 7:55: Sustainable wine tasting by Hi-Lo Liquor
  • 7:55 – 8:10: Vegan leather tutorial by Shine Your Heart
  • 8:10 – 8:25: Seafood for the future program by the Aquarium of the Pacific
  • 8:25 – 8:55: Reggae performance by Ms. B Royal

Image courtesy DLBA.


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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers music, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.