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Fork Fest to champion harvest of local foods and beverages

Local First of West Michigan is holding their 2nd annual celebration of local food, with over 35 food and beverage producers providing samples of their local offerings.

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This Thursday night, Romence Gardens will be transformed into a walking taste-test playground for local food lovers by local business ownership advocates Local First of West Michigan.

With over 35 local food and beverage vendors all offering samples to the 400 expected guests, attendees are encouraged to come hungry.

Wine from Chateau Fontaine, beer from Brewery Vivant and cider from Vander Mill will be available at a cash bar.

The Fauxgrass Quartet will provide live music in the middle of a greenhouse full of flowers.

Guests will have a chance to enjoy favorite local business offerings and discover new ones, says Local First Executive Director Elissa Hillary. Hillary says that he event is designed to create a celebation of local foods as well as build relationships within the community.

"The event provides an opportunity for eaters to connect to the people behind their favorite businesses and to discover new businesses - the farmers, artisans, grocers, and restaurateurs that lovingly create the food we eat each day," she says.

Fork Fest is this Thursday evening at Romence Gardens & Greenhouses from 5-9 p.m. Admission is $25, and children 10 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door or through the Local First web site.




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