2019 Northeast Indiana

Local Food Forum

Join us as we eat local, drink local, and work together to grow our local food community!

Connect with local farmers, food producers, chefs, community leaders, dietitians, healthy food and sustainable agriculture advocates and consumers from across our region, as together we learn, share ideas and grow our local food economy.


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Join us as we Learn, Eat, & Mingle

WHERE: Walb Union at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

WHEN: Monday, March 18, 2019

Come for the whole day or join the party after work!

Local Food Forum programming - 8:30am - 3pm. Forum attendees will listen to inspiring speakers and choose from 8 different breakout sessions for opportunities to learn from and interact with local experts. Lightning Talks will share information about opportunities to collaborate, and attendees can talk with Forum Exhibitors. A delicious lunch made with locally-sourced ingredients is included.

Local Food Social Hour - 3pm - 5pm. Forum attendees and guests arriving in the late afternoon are encouraged to network and mingle while they enjoy light local refreshments hosted by the Northeast Indiana Local Food Network.

Local Food After Party will kick-off at 5pm and run until 7pm. Join MC Greg Gunthorp as we toast our local scene. Guests can meet their favorite chefs, bakers, producers, brewers, winemakers and distillers and enjoy samples of their latest local food products and creations. Interactive demos by local chefs and butchers and live music will make this celebration a not-to-be-missed event.

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10% = $1 billion.

If we substituted 10% of our current at-home household food budget with locally grown and produced food, we would generate over a billion dollars of economic activity in Indiana. That’s just $458 per year per household.
— Jodee Ellett, Purdue Extension Local Food Program info sheet, 2016

Our land. Our tables.

The Northeast Indiana Local Food Network works to enhance the quality of place of Northeast Indiana by promoting local food culture in the region and supporting local food entrepreneurship. Our mission is to support the growth of a vibrant local food marketplace across Northeast Indiana, by increasing the visibility and economic opportunities for our region’s local food producers and businesses, so they can expand their sales both locally and beyond.

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Local food is about so much more than the food. It’s about the connections made between the consumer and the producer, the farmer and the land, the restaurant and the farmer. The Local Food Network will fuel existing connections and spark new connections as well, heightening the excitement for supporting local producers. We're thrilled to be involved with the Network and see what opportunities will come forward from this new support system.

—Kara Babinec, 5th generation LaGrange County farmer & Director of Sales and Marketing at Gunthorp Farms