Mycologist Paul Stamets, the "Gluten-Free Doctor" Jean Layton and Pacific Northwest ethnobotanist Heidi Bohan headline the event.
The 14th annual Bastyr University Herb and Food Fair puts the focus on global health this year with the theme "Restoration of Body and Planet." The free community event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012, is expected to bring several thousand visitors to Bastyr University's 51-acre campus near the shores of Lake Washington.
Other talks and workshops on herbs, nutrition and topics related to natural medicine and healthy lifestyles are scheduled throughout the day.
Fair participants will have the opportunity to meet regional and national experts in the natural health arts and sciences, including herbalists, culinary artists, nutritionists and educators. A variety of vendors will sell food, beverages, topical herbal preparations, dried teas, bath infusions, herb-related artwork and crafts. Herb and other plant starts from Bastyr's organic garden will be on sale, including medicinal and culinary herbs from around the world.
Proceeds from the Herb and Food Fair benefit Bastyr University students by contributing to the University's garden improvements and providing funding to purchase supplies for its herb- and food-cultivating classes.
Event visitors can park for free at the Kenmore Park and Ride (at 7346 N.E. Bothell Way) and take the free Bastyr shuttle directly to the Bastyr Herb and Food Fair. The bus runs every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Limited parking also will be available on campus for a $5 fee. Bastyr University is located at 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore, adjacent to St. Edward State Park. No event parking is permitted at St. Edward State Park.