Local First produces Fork Fest
More than 40 local food vendors will be on hand at a food festival this week, presented by a nonprofit in partnership with a brewery.
The sixth-annual Local First Fork Fest, hosted in conjunction with Brewery Vivant, will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday in Grand Rapids at Romence Gardens, at 265 Lakeside Drive NE.
The festival will feature live music, dozens of local food and drink makers, growers and restaurateurs and a live butchering demonstration.
Local First Executive Director Elissa Hillary said Fork Fest expands on the natural bond formed by the communal aspects of eating together.
“It builds our connection to place, contributes to the uniqueness of our community, gives people the opportunity to see our agricultural abundance and makes it easy to support local food entrepreneurs,” she said.
Fork Fest is open to the public and all food samples, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment are included in the price of admission.
Alcoholic beverages from Brewery Vivant, Long Road Distillery, Fenn Valley Vineyards and Vander Mill Cider will be available for purchase.
Live music will be performed by the local bluegrass group Faugrass, returning for its sixth appearance at Fork Fest.
New to this year’s event, Louise Earl Butcher will perform a butchering demonstration. The Grand Rapids butcher shop sources all its meats from local farms.
Tickets for Fork Fest are $30 a person, $35 at the door and free for children under 10 years old.
Byron Center Meats
Daddy Pete's BBQ
Essence Restaurant Group
Fenn Valley Vineyards
Furniture City Creamery
Grand Rapids Cheesecake Company
The Grilling Company
Herb & Fire Pizzeria
Louise Earl Butcher
Love's Ice Cream
Malamiah Juice Bar
Masen James Bakery
Nutcase Vegan Meats
Paul's Mom's Cookies
Pietro's Italian Restaurant
Redwater Restaurant Group
Slow Food West Michigan