Join fellow farm to institution leaders for a regional meet-the-buyers style event in Bangor, MI on March 26th, 2019. This networking event provides an opportunity for local and regional food suppliers and institutional food service buyers to connect around local food.
Who should participate?
- Institutional Food Service Buyers interested in purchasing local food products from farmers and vendors in their region.
- Food Suppliers interested in selling local foods to institutional food buyers in the region. Farmers, food hubs, processors and distributors of any scale are welcome.
How the event works:
It’s a mix between speed-dating and a trade show! Cultivate Michigan Marketplace events are unique in that they focus on meeting the needs of institutional food service buyers. Each event is regional in scope and intended for institutional buyers and food suppliers of all scales. Buyers will be stationed at tables around the room, and suppliers will rotate to meet with buyers of their choice. Light refreshments will be provided along with plenty of time to mix and mingle!
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) will also have resource tables at the event.
When and where:
Register to participate in this regional event. It is free for both institutional buyers and food suppliers to attend, but space is limited and registration is required by the deadline below.
- Bangor – March 26 – Cognito Brewery - 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Register by 5 PM Tuesday, March 19
Local Hosts: Mariel Borgman, MSU Extension, Gaby Gerken, People’s Food Co-op of Kalamazoo, and John Egelhaaf, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
Register by March 19
Click the link to register: CMMarketplace2019
This Cultivate Michigan Marketplace is brought to you by the Michigan Farm to Institution Network with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Coordinators and hosts include the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, MSU Extension, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission and the People’s Food Co-op of Kalamazoo.