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May
5
Thu
Green Your Bottom Line in Food Processing: An Energy and Environmental Workshop @ Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters
May 5 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Green Your Bottom Line in Food Processing:
An Energy and Environmental Workshop
Thursday May 5, 2016
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive), Westborough, MA

You are invited to participate in this interactive workshop that will focus on opportunities in food and beverage processing to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs, reduce chemical use, use safer cleaning materials, and improve operations. The workshop will highlight brief case studies by your peers in Massachusetts, and provide you with the opportunity to engage directly with experts to help you get started and/or continue with your own programs.
No charge for this workshop but you must register by April 28 at http://tinyurl.com/foodprocessingworkshop.
This workshop is made possible by a grant from the Innovations in American Government Award, a program of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s
John F. Kennedy School of Government.
For more information, Contact Madeline Snow, UMass Lowell, madeline_snow@uml.edu

Jun
2
Thu
Massachusetts Horticultural Society Twilight Party @ MA Horticultural Society, Wellesley, MA
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is hosting a Twilight Garden Party on June 2 and seeks donated product. Participating growers and food businesses will be well recognized and promoted.

From P. Wayne Mezzit, Chairman, Board of Trustees, The Gardens at Elm Bank – “We are expecting about 300 attendees and will be sending the invitations to hundreds more. Our Honorary Committee includes a large number of supporters who helped build Elm Bank gardens and programs over the last 20 years. Our Mass Hort membership information tells us that the majority of members are over 50 years of age, appreciate many aspects of horticulture and are relatively affluent. This is a great demographic, most of whom are eager to know more about availability of locally-produced foods and beverages.”

The party is being catered by Peppers and chef John Lawrence loves to use locally-sourced food and beverages. “Our efforts will focus on sourcing appropriate finger-type foods from as many Massachusetts producers as possible, emphasizing the “locavore” theme wherever appropriate. We’re thinking that unique cheeses, wines, cider, beer, vegetables, small and large fruits, egg products, preserves, milk, cream and maple products could all be components of the evening. Depending upon what’s provided, John can determine the best way to prepare and serve. Although there will be no opportunity that evening to sell the product, we’ll make sure that each provider is recognized with signage and information about the producer, and other appropriate information.” For more information on donation options, review the Twilight Sponsorship materials, or for questions, contact Alicia.Cleary@gmail.com.

Jun
26
Sun
Summer Fancy Food Show @ Jacob Javit Center, New York City
Jun 26 – Jun 28 all-day

SFFS16 is the largest specialty food trade event in North America and the leading showcase of industry innovation, bringing specialty food’s top manufacturers, buyers, and thought leaders together under one roof for three days of delectable discovery, June 26 – 28. 2016 will feature more than 180,000 products, 25,000 buyers, and 2,500 exhibitors; Thought Leader Talks with former president of Trader Joe’s and current CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Doug Rauch, retail behavior expert Kevin Kelley, and trend forecaster Suzy Badaracco; and the sofi Award ceremony hosted by Food Network’s Ted Allen!

Sunday, June 26, 2016: Show Open 10am – 5pm*
Monday, June 27, 2016: Show Open 10am – 5pm*
Tuesday, June 28, 2016: Show Open 10am – 4pm*

If you have interest to exhibit in the Massachusetts Pavilion at the Summer Fancy Food Show, please contact Bonita.Oehlke@state.ma.us. If you are a first time exhibitor with 50% of your ingredients from the US, 50% of your eligible costs can be reimbursed including the booth space.

Sep
30
Fri
Harvest New England Day at the Big E @ Eastern States Exposition
Sep 30 all-day

The Harvest New England Day at the Eastern States Exposition – The Big E – offers an opportunity for sampling and sales to fair attendees for the day – Friday, September 30, 9 AM – 5 PM, though you’re welcome to stay longer. Bring a table, tent and whatever you need. A health permit application from the West Springfield Board of Health will be provided and included in the $125 participation fee. For more information: Bonita.Oehlke@state.ma.us