As usual, the local food event calendar is teeming. This Examiner is encouraged by the number of farm-related opportunities on the roster. Get out your scheduler and see below.
Tuesday, February 11th | Quick Service Incubator | Babson, Wellesley
Food Sol’s Quick Service Incubator is like quick service dining: FAST. Food entrepreneurs each have 2 minutes to tell the room about a business challenge they’re facing. Audience teams then huddle up for rapid group brainstorming before they, and guest experts, share feedback. Design emphasizes multi-disciplinary problem-solving and learning for the whole room. Entrepreneurs pitching include: Jody Adams of Rialto, Jared Auerbach of Red’s Best, and Michael McCarthy of Budi Bar. Free, but you MUST register to attend.
Friday, February 14th | ONCE Upon a Valentine | Somerville
The food entrepreneurs at Cuisine En Locale are at it again. This time for a multi-sensory, multi-generational Valentine’s Day feast at their new digs at Anthony’s on Highland Avenue. Check out the details and score your tickets HERE. Keeping the love local: Taza Chocolate is prominently featured.
Tuesday, March 4th | Local Food Trade Show | Northeastern, Boston
The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts hosts its 3rd annual Local Food Trade Show connecting wholesale buyers and local food producers. From 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Northeastern University, event registration is now open. $25 general admission, exhibitor rates vary.
Tuesday, March 4th | Sustainable Food Fix | Cambridge
Come hear from local leaders with deep expertise in food enterprise, food policy, wellness and agriculture, sharing a broad perspective on the food system, touching on diverse levers of change and influence. From 6-9 p.m. at Cambridge Innovation Center's Venture Cafe. Register HERE.
Friday-Saturday, March 7-8th | New England Meat Conference | Concord, NH
The goal of the New England Meat Conference is to enhance production, processing, and marketing of sustainable, nutritious, humanely-raised, and delicious meats from across the six New England states by providing educational and networking opportunities for meat producers, processors, and consumers. $75 for one day; $150 for two (early pricing closes February 22nd) Register HERE.
Saturday, March 8th | Urban Farming Conference | Northeastern, Boston
The 2nd Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference is designed to advance urban farming issues ranging from farming techniques and business models to climate change adaptation and food security as well as contributing short-term and long-term state-wide strategic planning for a sustainable food system in Massachusetts. $30. Get tickets HERE.
Tuesday, March 11th | Women in Agriculture Conference | Kingston, RI
The 3rd RI Women in Agriculture Conference features farming leaders and a trade show including agriculture-focused non-profits and vendors. Complete agenda is coming soon. Beginning farmers may attend for FREE. Find conference details and tickets HERE
Thursday, March 20th | Farm Share Fair | Cambridge College, Cambridge
Thinking about buying local this season or need to renew? Come meet all the great CSA programs with distribution spots in Eastern Massachusetts at the Farm Share Fair.