“After a full day of immersion in the ins and outs of local food, the Social Hour offered an excellent time to sample local food, meet farmers and chefs and have delightful conversation with a diverse and knowledgeable group of people.”  - Emily Kindig, Local Food Advocate

“After a full day of immersion in the ins and outs of local food, the Social Hour offered an excellent time to sample local food, meet farmers and chefs and have delightful conversation with a diverse and knowledgeable group of people.”

- Emily Kindig, Local Food Advocate

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Become a Local Food Forum Exhibitor

or Social Hour & After Party Vendor!


Interested businesses and organizations are encouraged to register as EITHER a Forum Exhibitor OR a Social Hour & After Party Vendor, based on their preference. Though registration for both time periods is permitted, it is NOT encouraged. 

Due to Purdue University rules, NO EXHIBITORS OR VENDORS are allowed to SELL any products during the Local Food Forum, Social Hour or After Party. However, Social Hour & After Party Vendors are welcome to sample products and share information on where products may be purchased. 

Each Forum Exhibitor and Social Hour & After Party booth includes one 6 foot table and two chairs. No access to electricity is guaranteed.

Forum Exhibitors (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) will include those who are looking to network with Forum attendees and to share information regarding their business or organization as it relates to local food across our region. This includes local food producers, community groups, event sponsors, and anyone who provides services or goods to local growers and consumers.  No sampling of food products will be permitted during this time.

Forum Exhibitor Registration includes:

  • Booth during Local Food Forum from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Booth Set-up begins at 8 a.m. and all Forum Exhibitor booths must be torn down by 2:30 p.m., unless also registered as a Social Hour Vendor)

  • Forum Registration for ONE attendee including local food lunch. Additional Forum Exhibitor staff must register separately.

Social Hour & After Party Vendors (3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) will include local food businesses, food producers, restaurants, local breweries, wineries and distilleries who are looking to connect with consumers, food buyers and others from across the region who are into local food.  A Cash Bar will be available for those interested in purchasing locally produced beers, wines, kombuchas and juices. Free coffee and iced tea will also be served.

  • The Social Hour from 3:00-5:00 p.m. will encourage attendees from the Forum and additional guests arriving late afternoon to mingle at vendor booths while they enjoy light refreshments. Food may be sampled during this period, if desired.

  • The After Party will kick-off at 5:00 p.m. and run until 7:00 p.m.. During this celebration guests will interact with their favorite local food chefs, bakers, producers, brewers, winemakers and distillers and enjoy samples of their latest local food products and creations - all while enjoying live music. 

We need to stress that NO ALCOHOL containing products may be sampled at Vendor booths, as Purdue University only permits the designated bartender for the event to serve alcoholic beverages. 

Social Hour & After Party Vendor Registration includes:

  • Booth during Social Hour & After Party from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. (Booth Set-up begins at 2:00 p.m. and all booths must be torn down by 7:30 p.m.)

  • Social Hour & After Party Registration for ONE attendee. Additional Social Hour & After Party Vendor staff will be granted FREE admission, but must sign in at the event to receive a name badge.