From the Howard County Extension of the University of Maryland, mark your calendars for the event of the summer! The fifth annual Howard County Film Feastival will be held on Tuesday, July 22, at Clark's Elioak Farm from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Feastival is a celebration of the local food movement in Howard County highlighting the connection between Howard County farms, restaurants, food producers and the community.

The event serves as a kick-off to Howard County's Love Local Restaurant Weeks (July 21-Aug. 4), the annual food extravaganza when restaurants across Howard County incorporate locally grown products to serve scrumptious farm fresh meals at attractive prices. It will also promote the start of the nine-day Buy Local Maryland Challenge from July 25 to Aug. 2.

The Feastival is a joint effort between the Agricultural Marketing Program of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, Howard County Tourism and Promotion, Clark's Elioak Farm and the University of Maryland Extension, along with media sponsor the Business Monthly newspaper.

This year the event will feature mini films on the importance of local agriculture and the protection of the Chesapeake Bay. Once again, there will be music, educational booths and a mini farmers market.

The film feastival begins with an array of delicious farm fresh food samples prepared by several Howard County restaurants. The food samples will be a preview of the dishes the restaurants will offer utilizing locally grown products during Love Local Restaurant Weeks.

In addition, a farmer's market will feature Howard County farm produce and products for sale including Clark's Never Sell the Land Farm 100 percent grass-fed beef, local cheese, honey, fruits, vegetables and jellies.

There is no cost for the event, but a donation will be taken at the gate that will benefit the Howard County's Food Bank Community Garden. Advance registration is required at http://www.hceda.org/agriculture. Registration is limited.