Talking Up Good Eats At That Healthy Hospital

Castle Medical Center’s new rooftop farm will get its public debut from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday during CMC’s “Let’s Talk Food” fair, held in conjunction with National Food Day on the hospital grounds.

A source of fresh produce for patients, staff and The Bistro restaurant, the rooftop crop will supply ingredients for recipe samplings in “Festival for Flavors” from noon to 2 p.m. in the main tent. It was installed recently on unused roof space by FarmRoof using mesh tubes of organic soil to grow fresh greens and crops. Visitors can take a “window tour” of the project from noon to 2 p.m., as well as watch vegetarian cooking demonstrations in the Wellness Center, or ask questions of CMC dietitians.

Also on the menu for the food fair are talks, keiki activities, entertainment, a farmers market, cornhusking, exhibits, wellness tips, an emergency preparedness mini-fair and more.

A highlight is the panel discussion at 10:45 a.m. on sustainable food with (farmers) Alan Joaquin, founder of the FarmRoof system; Russell Kokubun of the state Department of Agriculture, Whole Foods and the Ulupono Initiative; (physicians) neurologist Kore Liow, endocrinologist Steven Lum, geriatric specialist Marios Voulgaridis and cardiothoracic surgeon Henry Louie.

For more information, call 263-5500.