MODESTO — Looking for fresh ideas for healthy eating? Come to west Modesto on Sunday and watch a bicycle-powered machine make fruit smoothies.
That contraption will be part of the Fruit and Veggie Fest, a free afternoon event at Maxx Value Foods on Paradise Road.
Attendees can tour the store, sample fruits and vegetables, watch demonstrations on gardening and cooking, and take photos with food-related mascots.
The Peer Art Recovery Project will provide live music.
The sponsors are the Network for a Healthy California and the West Modesto King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative HEAL Zone, along with several partners.
They hope to get people to follow new federal dietary guidelines calling for half of each plate to be fruits and vegetables.
The event is one of several efforts to promote health in the largely low-income area. A farmers market takes place in summer, and produce is delivered year-round for paying subscribers. Plans are moving quickly for the half-mile Helen White Memorial Trail, named for the late community leader.
The Fruit and Veggie Fest will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Maxx Value Foods, formerly Save Mart, 425 Paradise Road, at Martin Luther King Drive.