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Fork Fest to celebrate local food and business

Local First brings local food producers together for a night of music and flavor.

/Courtesy of Local First

Fork Fest 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


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


Uptown Kitchen

Vander Mill 

/Courtesy of Local First

/Courtesy of Local First

On October 24 over 40 local farmers, brewers, restaurateurs and other food producers will arrive at Romence Gardens & Greenhouses for Local First's 3rd annual Fork Fest.  
"All the businesses will have samples," says Elissa Hillary, Local First's Executive Director. "You should come hungry and be ready to eat."

Fork Fest begins at 5 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m., offering attendees ample time to peruse and sample local foods. 

"Fork Fest is a celebration of local food," says Hillary "It's a really unique opportunity to be able to talk to the people behind the scenes at some of your favorite local restaurants or some of your favorite producers to get the inside scoop on the local food scene."
Vanderberg says that the event is focused on highlighting the relationships between local food producers, and understanding where and how local food makes its way to the table.  
"Fork Fest is a fun celebration of what's happening in our local food system, and it's a time for people to come together and connect," says Hillary. "This is just one of the ways that you can engage in local food, which is really about supporting our community and local economy. Agriculture is the largest industry in Michigan, so Fork Fest is a celebration of some of those things that make us unique, and an opportunity to learn about how you can connect with other local business and support your friends and neighbors who are running them throughout the year." 
Local string band Hawks and Owls will provide live music at the event. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through Local First's website until October 23 until midnight, and can be purchased at Romence Gardens & Greenhouses starting Thursday, October 24. 

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