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Fork Fest samples West Michigan fare

October 14, 2013
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Fork Fest samples West Michigan fare
Local First’s Fork Fest draws hundreds of people ready to taste samples from West Michigan’s food and drink producers. Courtesy Local First 

Get out your most generous pair of pants.

More than 40 West Michigan food businesses will be doling out hefty spoonfuls of some of their best menu offerings at Local First's third annual Fork Fest on Oct. 24, from 5-9 p.m., at Romence Gardens & Greenhouses.

All food samples are included in the $25 ticket.

"Fork Fest is about building relationships — relationships between consumers and businesses and relationships between businesses,” said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First. “We love the conversations that happen and the questions that get asked at this event. We get excited when restaurants build new relationships with local farmers and when businesses decide to partner together after trying each others' products at Fork Fest.

“We hope that consumers will find new sources for fresh local food,” Hillary added. “This is how we continue to build a sustainable local food system.”

The event

During the evening, people can connect with local chefs, farmers, bakers, brewers and other businesses that support West Michigan’s local food system.

In addition to the food, local beer, wine and cider will be available for purchase.

There will also be plenty of entertainment, provided by local string band Hawks and Owls.

The 10x10 Pledge

Fork Fest is the final event of Local First's Eat Local Challenge, which challenges participants to pledge to shift $10 a week for 10 weeks between August and October to local food purchases.

In previous years, the challenge has helped shift more than $100,000 into the local economy.

Fork Fest 2013 vendors

Annette’s Favorites


Brann's Steakhouse and Sports Grille


Brewery Vivant


Chapbook Café at Schuler Books


Charley's Chips & Salsa


CitySen Lounge


Connie’s Cakes


Crooked Goose


Derby Station


Earthkeeper Farm


Essence Restaurant Group


Frosty Pints


The Gilmore Collection


Gordon Water Systems


Grand Rapids Cheesecake Company


Grassfields Cheese


Graydon’s Crossing


The Kitchen Collective


Koeze


Logan’s Alley


MadCap Coffee Company


Metro Cupcakes


The Mitten Brewing Company


Monica’s Best Cookies


Old World Olive Press


Schuil Coffee Company


Sietsema Orchards


Slow Food West Michigan


Supermercado Mexico


Thought Design


Trillium Haven Farm


Twisted Rooster


Uccello’s Ristorante


Uncommon Grounds Coffee

Roasters


Uptown Kitchen


Vander Mill 

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