Delicious Free Feast
Our Gift of Food, the Free Feast Booth
A meal for 20,000 is served to the public every year at the Festival site. What does it take to produce the feast? Here is the grocery list:
- 450 gallons of pasta salad (that translates as 600 pounds of noodles)
- 25 gallons of olive oil
- 500 gallons of iced Hibiscus tea
- 350 pounds of peanut butter (for peanut butter chocolate fudge)
- 80 pounds of semi sweet chocolate
- 100 gallons of marinated artichokes and sundried tomatoes
A couple dozen volunteers help cook and forty volunteers help serve the feast!
Why so much effort to distribute the vegetarian feast? The answer lies in the value of food as a loving offering to Krishna. The food which is served is not ordinary fare, it is called prasada, or “food which is to be honored.” It has been prepared as a loving offering to Krishna. We honor it by distributing it as His mercy. This is one of the fundamental activities of bhakti-yoga. The Festival of the Chariots celebration is not complete without making a grand offering to the Lord for distribution to all of our guests and friends!
If one offers me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, I will accept it. All that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer or give away, do that as an offering unto Me. -Bhagavad-Gita 9.26-7
As human beings we fully depend on food. With technology we cannot devise anything that can take its place. No modern laboratory has invented a way to manufacture fresh food in a test tube. Only the Lord of Creation can make food, and it is one of our most fundamental connections to Him. God imparts the delicious mystery of exquisite tastiness and also the relief of satisfaction from hunger. He is our very power of digestion.
By His grace we are enjoying life. To offer our food to Him in gratitude and love is a most integral part of that enjoyment.
We invite you to share in this feast with us!
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