Specialty Crop and Local Food Trade Show in Massachusetts

specialty crop and local food
5th Local Specialty Crop and Local Food Trade Show on Tuesday, March 8, Northeastern University
 
I am pleased to report that the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts' 5th Local Specialty Crop & Local Food Trade Shows are sold out of vendor booths! However as a buyer and attendee you are invited to join us next week and connect with over 80 New England based growers, fishermen, and value added food producers. The 2016 Local Food Trade Shows are designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts. The event will take place, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, at the Curry Student Center, Northeastern University346 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115.
 
The Local Food Trade Show event is ideal for restaurants and institutional buyers interested in trading with local food suppliers and who desire to buy more locally produced products from growers, fishermen, and value added producers from Massachusetts and New England.
 
Click HERE for a list of 2016 Trade Show Exhibitors and Attendees!
 
Buyers & Attendees --> Register Here
Volunteer --> Register Here
 
There will also be three great workshops with expert panelists from the region who will share their experiences, tips and lessons learned. The workshops will take place from 9:30am-10:45am
 
Workshop Topics:
 
Getting In and Staying In 
  • Facilitator: Nicola Williams, President, The Williams Agency, Co-Chair SBN Local Food Committee
  • Sean Horrigan NOLA's Fresh Foods
  • Maggie Battista, Founder and Owner of Eat Boutique and Author of  Food Gift Love Robin McNamara, Director of Specialty Foods (Lead Buyer) Roche Bros. 
Financing for Growth- What do I need to know?
  • Facilitator: Dorothy Suput, Carrot Project

  • Alex Linkow, Fair Food Fund

  • Lisa Sebesta, The Fresh Source Capital

  • Rebecca Busanksy, PVGrows Investment Fund

  • Jose Luis Rojas Villarreal, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation

Does “Local” Matter?
  • Facilitator: Ali Berlow, author of ‘The Food Activist Handbook’

  • Noli Taylor, Founding leader of Island Grown Schools, the farm to school program on Martha's Vineyard and on the Massachusetts Board of Agriculture

  • Shira Tiffany, NAMA

  • Ismail A. Samad is the Executive Chef of Daily Table a nonprofit grocery store and cafe in Dorchester Massachusetts and Chef/Partner of The Gleanery a farm to table/nose to tail restaurant and bakery in Putney Vermont

Who should attend the Specialty Crop and Local Food Trade Shows? Any wholesale buyers, who are interested in purchasing Massachusetts or New England-produced food items. These buyers can be supermarkets, co-ops, restaurants, hotels, institutions, schools, food processors in search of ingredients, distributors, or anyone else interested in local purchasing options.*This event is intended for commercial buyers, not individual consumers.*
 
For more information, visit www.bostonlocalfood.org or contact Maddie Phadke. SBN Local Food Program Director at 617-395-0250 or maddie@sbnmass.org

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