Expo 2003 opens next week
29, 2003 - by Bimbo NL
huge food festival is coming to your neighbourhood this Summer. I ran into
Mrs Grumblin who is coordinating it all, still looking for co-hosting neighbourhoods
and waiting for more to submit objects related to food in the garden.
from champagne and strawberries I never really cared about the nation's
food traditions, or what my great-grandparents ate, or whether my pixled
body would prefer a flamingo egg over chocolates. Not until I got to know
a distant neighbour, Mrs Johanna Grumblin. She has been contributing
to Simmerville web for more than a year, and she has already influenced
on sims' kitchen routines all over Sim Nation. And she is not satisfied
with this - this Sunday she opens the annual SimCity Food Expo 2003!
Grumblin, this Sunday must become a big day for you?
But of course! I've been working so hard with this, and so have several
co-hosts. It will be a delight to finally get it all started.
volunteers - one goal
Food Expo will last for 3 months. Never before did the Expo get this much
That is right, when I asked the Sim Nation Food Association to host the
Food Expo here in Simmerville, my thought was that by having the event
ongoing for the entire Summer, there will be less stress and hurry about
it. More sims will get a chance to experience the good ol' market atmosphere,
and I think it will be easier to reach the goal, too.
what is the goal for this huge event, Mrs Grumblin?
Thank You for asking just that! Well, there is only one goal and that is
to reach out to as many sims as possible with food related knowledge and
inspiration that will add to the kitchen traditions all over the nation.
If we manage to raise the general interest in food, we will have achieved
a lot, I tell you!
will you manage this?
We will offer neighbourhoods to become co-hosts. In that way they might
form a local Food committee that most likely will consist of the most food
interested residents. With some luck these groups will carry on the ideas
even after the Food Expo closes August 31st.
Expo contest is open also to old objects
we will invite all sims to create items, accessories, appliances and recipes
to be introduced on the many Food Expo markets. Each creator can send in
any number of items per month, but only one item per
creator can enter the monthly contest. The winning item will get awarded
with 500 Simoleons! Both old items and new items can be sent in to me for
participation, and it doesn't mind if the item was already available on
the web for years. The point of this all is to reach out, you know, not
necessarily to invent everything over again.
has the response been this far?
Depending on what you mean, the response has been quite fine, actually.
There are 5 co-hosts, and many sims have signed up for the mailing list
to get notified on news. I have also got a lot of mail with questions from
people who wonder if they can contribute with objects that was already
available on their web page, and of course they can! They also wonder how
much work it will be to be a co-host, and a lot of other things, too. It
seems like the community at large is quite interested in food related subjects
do you tell them that there is a lot of work on co-hosting?
*shrug* Well, actually the work load couldn't be less, as all they need
to do is to prepare a community lot for the expo and some lectures. Then
they will need to come to the Food Expo section of my food page here at
Simmerville web to get the objects for the Expo once or twice. Finally
they will need to send me the result of their judging. This routine must
be repeated each month because we will run a new monthly theme. It will
be fine though if a co-host want to participate for June and August, but
taking July off. Or participating in June and July, skipping August. In
a way you can say that the Food Expo this year is a series of 3 festivals,
each with a different theme.
month a new exciting theme
Grumblin has made sure to add variation to the long running event, as each
month will be devoted to a theme. It's naturally all food related. Starting
off in June the theme is "Food in the garden", and this month also
include a carnival for kids dressed like according to a vegetable/fruit
theme. July is devoted to "Food in the kitchen", and in August we have
finally reached the diningroom with "Food on the table.
I think many sims are most interested in the meal which will be focused
on in August. But I also expect that more sims will find the growing and
preparing routines more interesting during the Food Expo. A part of the
Expo is all the lectures. On the web page local Food Expo committees can
find related lectures sent in by other sims. By giving some of those lectures
in the market, or using the shared knowledge in other ways, I am sure this
will add to the interest in many ways.
will write those lectures, and what is required?
A lecture can be anything from an article to just a few arguments, or perhaps
a guideline for growing vegetables, or some advises related to any food
or kitchen subjects. I think anyone who has some experience will be capable
of writing a lecture. Just make sure to give the text a title that makes
it easy to understand what the content is about.
questions can be sent to me at email@example.com
can see that this Summer will be special - in the garden, the kitchen or
even where you eat your food. I get the impression that the Food Expo will
be a rather relaxed festival, with events ongoing for a week each, and
plenty of room for local involvement.
with the opening this Sunday, Mrs Grumblin. Is there any details for the
opening ceremony that you can share with us?
Just tell them that I will be there for the opening - *shrug*. Actually
I don't think the local opening here in Simmerville is that interesting
to all out there. I will announce the program for Sunday on the SUN news
board. I expect guests to arrive from SUN Family Exchange, Mister Martin
I presume. Ad our new spokesperson Mrs Valentino will give a speech, and
so will I.
you Mrs Grumblin, this all sounds really cool. No junk food on me this
Summer, it seems:-)
out the Food Expo section at Mrs Grumblin's