Mar 20: Local Food Showcase

Western Pennsylvania is fortunate to have an abundance of family farms, entrepreneurial farmers, market gardeners and value added producers who work to fill the increasing demand for locally produced food. These individuals bring a delicious diversity of products to our restaurant and home tables. Even in the doldrums of winter, daydreams about the first tender shoots of asparagus, fresh eggs with saffron-colored yolks and tasty spring greens are beginning to crowd your imagination. Don’t ignore these yearnings, celebrate the next growing season at the 2012 Local Food Showcase (LFS).

The third annual “Local Food Showcase", this event will again unite Western PA food producers with consumers and food industry professionals. Our agricultural community yields an amazing variety of food, and the full spectrum of locally produced foods will be represented including fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, cheese, baked goods, sauces and salsas.

If you grow, cook, or eat food, this afternoon is for you! You will enjoy a dynamic, expo-style networking session. Local farmers and value added producers will be on hand representing their products and businesses. Pittsburgh chefs will partner with expo participants to create mouth-watering dishes and share recipe ideas, all utilizing local ingredients.This is a great opportunity to source locally grown, made and distributed products for retail, restaurant, CSA (community supported agriculture), wholesale and home use.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shady Side Academy Senior School, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.  Two fee options:  $50 for the full day, including a continental breakfast, your choice of a morning workshop, and either one admission to the Expo or an exhibit table -- or only $10 for admission to the afternoon Expo (1-4 p.m.).  For more information and to register, contact: Heather Mikulas (412) 473-2540 Email: at the Penn State Extension of Allegheny County.
 “Local Food Showcase: a Grower / Buyer Event” strives to foster economic development through business relationships. We wish to bring together farmers and chefs, retailers, wholesalers, institutions and home owners for the upcoming 2012 growing season and beyond.

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