"Get Down with Your Roots" at the 17th Annual Herb and Food Fair

Visitors enjoy the Bastyr University Herb and Food Fair

The free annual Bastyr University Herb and Food Fair brings thousands of visitors to the Kenmore campus. It’s no wonder, as this is the time of year to visit Bastyr in all of its green glory: Gardens will be blooming and the campus forest will be buzzing with new life. You can soak up spring, soak your feet in an herbal foot bath, and soak in lots of knowledge about plants, food and science.

The theme of the 17th annual Herb and Food Fair is “Get Down with Your Roots: Celebrating Heritage from Earth to Table.” This year’s fair will offer a chance to return to basics. Two keynote speakers, Jenny McGruther and Graeme Tobyn, will focus on traditional foods and herbal traditions, respectively. 

Attendees have the opportunity to meet regional and national experts in the natural health arts and sciences, including herbalists, culinary artists, nutritionists and educators. The Herb and Food Fair is also an excellent way to learn about Bastyr's programs in herbal sciences and holistic landscape design (permaculture). And to top it off, proceeds from the Fair help Bastyr University students by contributing to improvements to the Bastyr University Medicinal Herb Garden and funding for supplies for its herb and food cultivation classes.

Highlights Include:

  • Educational speakers and workshops
  • Cooking demonstrations from nutrition and botanical medicine experts
  • Nutritious and delicious food
  • Tours of the Bastyr Gardens
  • Guided walks through the surrounding woods
  • Craft sale with tea, artwork and herb-related goods
  • Plant sale with medicinal and culinary plant starts from Bastyr's organic garden
  • Relaxing herbal foot soaks and facials
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Children's activities, including face painting and games

Keynote Speakers

Join this year’s Herb and Food Fair speakers and learn more about traditional foods and the history of herbal medicine.

Jenny McGruther is a food educator who celebrates a return to simpler, purer traditional foods and cooking. The voice behind the popular award-winning website Nourished Kitchen, and author of the cookbook The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle, McGruther is passionate about helping people to embrace a “traditional foods” philosophy of eating. The focus is on whole, unrefined, farm-to-table, nutrient-dense ingredients. She advocates for cooking with old-world culinary techniques that optimize nutrient density, and recipes that heavily feature fermentation, animal fats, homemade dairy, ancient grains and natural alternatives to refined sugar.    

Graeme Tobyn has been a practicing medical herbalist in the UK since the 1990s, both as a private practitioner and with the National Health Service. Tobyn first became interested in herbal medicine through his studies of the works of Nicholas Culpeper. Knowledge of Latin and Greek facilitated a closer reading of the herbal medical tradition and provided counterpoint to contemporary herbal medicine education. Tobyn’s first book, Culpeper's Medicine, is considered an indispensable resource for medical herbalists, students of herbal medicine, and those interested in Western holistic medicine and its origins.

His latest collaboration with colleagues at University of Central Lancashire, The Western Herbal Tradition, provides a comprehensive and critical exploration of the use of plant medicines through 2,000 years of history to the present day.

Getting to the Herb and Food Fair

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 Herb and Food Fair. The bus runs every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Limited parking is also available on campus for $5. 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.