Don’t miss these items in local food and agriculture news from around our region:
April 13 — Urban Agriculture Kick-Off
Southside Community Land Trust is holding is annual Urban Agriculture Kick-off this year on Saturday April 13th — at four locations in Providence!
April 24 — Leah Penniman: Farming While Black – African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice
RISD Earthlings, in collaboration with the Division of Liberal Arts and SEI, has invited Leah Penniman, co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, to speak about her work as a food justice activist and her book Farming While Black.
Please RSVP for a free ticket HERE. The event is open to the public.
Book sales and a book signing will be held after the talk.
April 25 — Hope & Main’s Trade Show Exhibits the Largest in Local Food and Beverage: The Food Business Incubator’s Annual Event for Wholesale Buyers Returns in April
Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s premier food business incubator, will host its annual Tabletop Show for wholesale buyers on Thursday, April 25 from 12-3pm. The event will feature 26 of the organization’s member companies, 10 of which are making their debut, all of which are hoping to be the next darling of the specialty food and beverage industry.
Demand for locally-produced food and beverage products continues to accelerate as consumers become more mindful of their diets and adventurous with ingredients. This show is a unique opportunity for professionals working in food service, grocery, restaurants and distribution industries. The event will connect buyers with brands that represent a wide assortment of the latest and greatest small-batch products. Buyers that attend can take advantage of special discounts on day-of orders and find products that are at the forefront of industry trends.
“Getting noticed by wholesale purchasers can be a major challenge for new businesses. We offer this event to our members as a way to lower that barrier of entry and assist them in establishing relationships with the buyers and institutions they want to work with.” — Luca Carnevale, Executive Director, Hope & Main
Long-time champion for the quality and integrity of food, United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has generously stepped up to sponsor the event for a second year.
“As promoters of natural and specialty foods we’re thrilled to be sponsoring Hope & Main’s Tabletop Show. This industry event gives buyers the opportunity to connect with emerging brands and gives locally-produced food & beverage an elevated platform.” — Jeff Swanson, National Vice President, Corporate Communications and Media Relations, UNFI
Hope & Main’s unique approach to assisting emerging food brands continues to rival some of the top performing incubators across the nation. Now in its fifth year of operations, the organization boasts over 40 graduated companies and approximately 200 overall participants in their incubator program.
This event will be held at the Hope & Main facility located at 691 Main Street, Warren, RI, with free parking and free admission for industry professionals. Complimentary locally-sourced refreshments catered by new Hope & Main member, Good Vines will be served. Find more information and get tickets, or call 401-245-7400.