“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

Walnut_Hill_Catering_and_Events_Northeast_Indiana_Local_Food_Forum_031218_GF.jpg

Become a Local Food Forum Exhibitor

or Social Hour & After Party Vendor!


Both the Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum and the Social Hour & After Party that follows are great opportunities to highlight your business or organization and the ways it serves and promotes our local food system.

Options to register as a Forum Exhibitor or Social Hour & After Party Vendor, are available separately, so you can choose which one works best for your business or organization.

Forum Exhibitors (9am - 2pm) 

Designed for local businesses and organizations who want to network and share information with Forum attendees. 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 is permitted during the this time.

Forum Exhibitor Registration includes:

  • Booth during Local Food Forum from 9am - 2pm.

  • Booth set-up begins at 8am and all Forum Exhibitor booths must be torn down by 2:30pm, 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 (3pm - 7pm) 

Designed for 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.

  • Social Hour from 3pm - 5pm will encourage Forum attendees and guests arriving late afternoon to mingle at vendor booths while they enjoy light refreshments provided by Northeast Indiana Local Food Network

  • After Party will kick-off at 5pm and run until 7pm. 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. 

Social Hour & After Party Vendor Registration includes:

  • Booth during Social Hour & After Party from 3pm - 7pm.

  • Booth Set-up begins at 2pm and all booths must be torn down by 7:30pm.

  • 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.

The Northeast Indiana Local Food Network retains the right to refuse any exhibitor or vendor who, in the opinion of our Board of Directors, does not align with the mission of our organization. All exhibitors and vendors will be asked to sign a basic vendor agreement that will be available by late January 2019.

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

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 booth OR Social Hour & After Party Vendor booth includes one 6 foot table and two chairs. Access to electricity is limited and is not guaranteed.

More details regarding the Social Hour & After Party will be available at www.NEIFood.org in coming weeks.