January is National Oatmeal Month, and the town of Lafayette goes whole hog for the whole grain. Now in its sixteenth year, the Lafayette Quaker Oatmeal Festival will serve up a community breakfast at 7:30 a.m. today at Pioneer Elementary, 101 East Baseline Road. The festival served 165 gallons of oatmeal last year, and special-events coordinator Pat Vero anticipates that even more will be gobbled up at the zero-waste breakfast this year. The fare includes pancakes, muffins and a build-your-own oatmeal topping bar; cereal lovers of all ages are invited to spice up their bowls of oatmeal with such accouterments as Gummi bears, fruit and other sweet stuff. Still, says Vero, this is "definitely a health-related event."
To that end, the festival will include a health fair with over fifty booths staffed by local specialists, as well as a Quicker Quaker 5K run, which begins at 9:30 a.m. The run is open to all fitness levels. Those looking for a less-strenuous competition can enter their family's favorite oatmeal-related recipe or brand-new concoction in the festival's baking contest -- which last year collected entries of not just breakfast foods and dessert items, but gluten-free baked goods and pet treats, too.