Fresh Festival helps highlight Washington eventWASHINGTON D.C. — The United Fresh Produce Association saw a good crowd at its annual Fresh Festival on Capitol Hill Sept. 9, part of the Washington Conference festivities that ran Sept. 8-10.

“The Fresh Festival on Capitol Hill was another big success this year, with several members of Congress and hundreds of their staff attending to sample and take home fresh produce from our exhibitors,” Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president, said in an e-mail. “Nutrition was a key message for our conference attendees as they met with lawmakers, and the Fresh Festival is a perfect way drive home that message in a memorable way. That’s why the Fresh Festival is one of the Hill’s most popular events of the year.”

More than a dozen produce companies hosted booths and gave away samples to Congressional staffs and attendees of the annual conference, formerly known as the Washington Public Policy Conference.

Andrew Marshall, who organizes the event for United Fresh, said the theme was to give away products that could easily be served on schools or foodservice such as packs of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.

Next year’s Washington Conference is scheduled for Sept. 28-30.