Have you hugged a farmer today? The Kansas City Food Circle’s 17th annual Eat Local & Organic Expo is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Johnson County Community College gym (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas). It’s a chance to meet local farmers, learn about community supported agriculture programs, and buy local and organic produce, eggs and meat. Plaintain District and Wilma’s Real Good Food, a pair of local food trucks, will be onsite selling food. You’ll get a second bite at the apple when the Expo is at Metropolitan Community College on April 11.
As long as you’re meeting farmers, you might as well meet some alpacas, as well. The Mopaca Alpaca Show is Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) at the American Royal Hale Arena (1701 American Royal Court). The free event includes alpaca products, demonstrations on spinning alpaca fiber and, of course, alpacas themselves.
Kansas City Design Week kicks off with Open Studio Night from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight. It’s a free peek at 26 design studios and architecture firms, who will be showcasing design, but also secretly (or explicitly) love food and cocktails. We suggest you peak in on Cremalab (a milk & cookies bar) and a “Bloody-Merry-Go-Round,” at Hint (make a custom/crazy Bloody Mary). There’s also an Opening Night Party at The Bauer Event Space (115 W 18th Street) from 8 to 11 p.m. with a pop-up shop featuring KC-themed goods for sale and beer from the Torn Label Brewing Co . Tickets for the party are $15 at the door.
Can you say smorgasbord? Ikea Merriam hosts a Swedish Easter Smorgasbord tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s $15.99 for adults (non-members, $11.99 for Ikea Family members) and $4.99 for children ($2.99 for members).
Get garden inspiration or simply sneak in a date on the cheap as the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens (8909 W 179th Street, Overland Park, Kansas) has free admission on Saturday and Sunday. They have a cafe onsite with pastries by 3 Women and an Oven that’s open until 5 p.m. The arboretum is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The Northland Ethnic Festival is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Park Hill South High School (4500 NW River Park Drive). There’s dancing, crafts and food (Indonesian, Chinese, German, and Nepalese cuisine, among them) from all over the world. Admission is free.[Bloody Mary image via Flickr: Jenny]