Grand Rapids, Mich. - It's one of the largest downtown events of the year which supports local businesses. Fork Fest 2013 is headed your way with fab food, great beverages and live local music! Come connect with local businesses, chefs, farmers, grocers, bakers and brewers and help support West Michigan’s local food system.
Fork Fest is a harvest celebration that features over 40 of West Michigan’s best local food and beverage producers. The celebration will be held at Romence Gardens and Greenhouses on Thurs Oct 24 from 5-9pm. Tickets cost $25 and this includes all food samples. Any beer, wine or cider that is available, is not included and purchased separately.
In addition to the food, live music will be performed by Hawks and Owls, a local string band. This event is open to the public and had over 400 people in attendance last year.
Fork Fest is the finale of the Eat Local Challenge which challenged people to eat local and support local this summer. During the summer, if a person ate at a certain restaurant they would get a stamp on their passport which they could redeem for dining certificates, or enter for the grand prizes including televisions and gas cards. Click here for tickets.
Why is supporting local so important? "Local Works! Examining the Impact of Local Business on the West Michigan Economy" — a 2008 study of Kent County commissioned by Local First — determined that just a 10% shift in consumer spending toward locally owned businesses would create:
- $140 million in new economic activity
- 1,600 new jobs
- $50 million in new wages
Here's who will be filling your plate at Fork Fest 2013:
Brann's Steakhouse and Sports Grille
Chapbook Café at Schuler Books
Charley's Chips & Salsa
Cheese Lady of Grand Rapids
Essence Restaurant Group
The Gilmore Collection
Gordon Water Systems
Grand Rapids Cheesecake Company
Grocer's Daughter Chocolate
The Kitchen Collective
MadCap Coffee Company
The Mitten Brewing Company
Monica’s Best Gourmet Cookies
Old World Olive Press
Schuil Coffee Company
Slow Food West Michigan
Trillium Haven Farm
Uncommon Coffee Roasters
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