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Written by Resident Events On  March 23, 2018   610   0
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Food Festival and Farmers' Market

Who can say no to delicious food? Especially when the community is filled with the most amazing smells!

 

Plan a food festival or farmers’ market in your community to introduce your residents to the food trucks and farmers who own your local businesses.

 

Whether you get some local farmers, caterers, bakeries, or food trucks together, this is a great way to highlight the local produce and local sellers in the area.

 

In addition to getting a chance to eat all the delicious food at the event, people will learn where to buy fresh produce locally on any other given day.

 

One of the best ways to make this a successful event is to invite local farms to come out early in the year, before other “official” farmers' markets open!

Network in Advance

 

Connect with farmers' market organizers in your area. This will help you make a list of local food vendors and farms that participated in that farmer’s market the year before.

Once you have a list in hand of local food vendors, you can make the effort to reach out to all former participants. Call or email farmers and invite them to a one-day event at your community.

 

In addition to local produce sellers, remember to invite other businesses like bakeries, cheese makers, and other food artisans. Some may sell things like pickled food, artisan olives, or jams and jellies your residents would love to try.

 

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Image source: Pixabay (jams)

 

You can also partner up companies like Jamba Juice. The company often does outreach activities in communities. They provide product samples at festivals and fairs and may be able to sponsor your event in-kind by providing free samples and coupons to residents at your event.

 

Other Activities

 

Consider organizing sub-events like live cooking demonstrations and tasting contests. You can also have a grilled food area and spaces for small-scale vendors like sellers of popcorn, cotton candy, and other snacks.

 

Food Trucks

 

If you don’t want to organize a full-scale event, food trucks are another great option and can turn into lasting partnerships to please community residents.

 

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Image source: Pixabay (food truck)

 

**BONUS** After your event, arrange to have a food truck park on your property once a week for lunch or dinner and cater to local residents. It’s a great way to bring new experiences into your community and give residents something to look forward to each month.

 

No matter whom you invite, be sure to give everyone free or low-cost booth space and allow them to sell their products and foods on the day of the event.

 

Your residents will thank you for both bringing fresh food into your community and making their monthly grocery shopping that much easier!

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