Last weekend, the Hamptons Preventive Health and Sustainable Technology Expo was held at the Dodds and Eder home and garden design store in Sag Harbor. About 30 exhibitors displayed their wares outside in the sun, cocktails were served, a critically acclaimed documentary was screened, and a community of like-minded people gathered.
Hosted by the holistic health consultants at Turtle Shell Health and the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the event has been held the previous three years, but expanded this year to include a more diverse cross-section of individuals involved in the wellness community, according to Ana Nieto, manager and co-founder of Turtle Shell Health.
The expo, held Saturday and Sunday, started with an open block of time for visitors to walk through the Dodds and Eder parking lot and check out the different exhibitors who displayed what they had to offer. There were holistic full-body massages being given next to a pesticide-free fertilization installation called the Vortex Brewer.
There were industrial solar panel companies next to pieces of artwork made from miniature solar panels and twigs.
And there were gluten-free baked goods next to a booth for the advocacy group GMO Free NY, which was pushing to pass a bill in the state Assembly to ban the use of biotechnology in foods.
Each day, demonstrations or exhibits were highlighted, such as a speech on the Affordable Care Act by U.S. Representative Tim Bishop on Saturday and a screening of “Genetic Roulette,” which also addresses the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms in food, followed by a question and answer period with filmmaker Jeffrey M. Smith.
On Saturday evening, there was a cocktail party and dinner with food being provided by Chef Todd Jacobs, owner of Fresh Hamptons in Bridgehampton. Mr. Smith, who is also the executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, was the keynote speaker of the dinner, which raised money for the Slow Food East End Chapter.
“We are trying spread the word of natural healing, which starts with being healthy. Everyone here in one way or another promotes healthy living,” said Ms. Nieto. “The idea is to get the word out that using technology doesn’t mean straying from Mother Nature.”