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Harvest Moon Dinner, Boise State's Food Security Symposium and food activist Raj Patel

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At last year's Harvest Moon Dinner--lit by the warm glow of the September moon and flushed with Idaho wine--Peaceful Belly farmers belted out a passionate song about the local-food movement: "Buy local / Help out the farmers / Won't you come and join the local market band? / Bring your neighbors!"

This year, the Peaceful Belly musical team will return to entertain local-food aficionados at Capital City Public Market's annual fund-raising dinner, which takes place on Saturday, Sept. 3, on the Grove Plaza at 7 p.m. The event will feature multiple courses of locally grown grub prepared al fresco by area chefs and paired with an array of Idaho wines. Tickets are $100 per person and only 100 will be sold. For more info, visit seeyouatthemarket.com or call 208-345-9287.

From harvest abundance to hunger pains, Boise State's Arts and Humanities Institute is hosting a Food Security Symposium, which will feature an array of local and international experts discussing the food we eat and where it comes from. The one-day symposium is free to the public and runs from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. Speakers include Gary Paul Nabhan, a conservation biologist from the University of Arizona's Southwest Center; Anne Trumble, director of Emerging Terrain; Kathy Gardner, director of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force; Dave Krick, owner of Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House; and BW contributor and photographer Guy Hand.

The B29 Streatery will park across the street and serve an all-local lunch from noon-1:30 p.m. for $10. For more information, or to sign up for the lunch, contact ahi@boisestate.edu or call 208-426-3902.

In more big Boise State food news, the Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series is bringing award-winning writer and food activist Raj Patel for a free lecture on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. Patel, a former employee at both the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, is the author of the books Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy. Broadly his work aims to reform "a globalized food system that simultaneously produces hunger and obesity while destroying sustainable ways of life."

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