The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and WVU Extension Service will host the Beckley Local Food Expo at the Dream Center in Beckley, West Virginia on March 13th, 2014.
The Local Foods Expo will provide regional food growers, producers, and processors with an opportunity to connect with buyers from restaurants, grocery stores, schools, institutions, and other food venues. Not intended for individual consumers, the event is intended to help foster long-term sales relationships between these buyers and farmers.
It is the second in a series of regional Expos to be hosted throughout the state by the WV Food & Farm Coalition and local partners, with support provided by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture via a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant. The previous Expo took place in October 2013 in Huntington WV and featured over 50 buyers and food producers and 15 service providers. More information about the first Expo including a Huntington-Area Buyer-Grower Directory is available at http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/local-food-expo-gets-thumbs-huntington-buyer-grower-directory-released