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 University, 346 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!
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.
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.*