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.
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.
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