As the city of Grand Rapids winds down from four exciting weeks of ArtPrize, it’s time to start examining a new kind of art form- local agriculture. With the welcome explosion of the farm-to-table mentality in Michigan and beyond, where and what you’re eating, whether you’re out and about or just cooking at home, has become the new en vogue subject. Local First, a midwestern representative of all things local, started Grand Rapid’s “Eat Local Challenge”, a call to put our money back into our own communities.
Starting August 28th, the 10X10 Pledge began; a commitment to ten weeks of putting $10 of one’s grocery budget into local food providers. The result is over $100,000 being pumped into the businesses we believe in! As the end of the ten weeks approaches, Romence Gardens and Greenhouses prepares to host Grand Rapid’s second annual Fork Festival, the place good food goes to thrive.
Fork Fest, which happens in cities all over the Midwest, is an event designed to increase awareness of where to shop for local products in your own community. Over 35 vendors including, but certainly not limited to Twisted Rooster, Tree Huggers, Doorganics, and Derby Station will be repping the foodstuffs while the cash bar is proud to be serving Brewery Vivant, Vander Mill Cider, and wine from Art of the Table.
This feastly extravaganza is happening October 18th from 5-9pm at Romence and is expected to be a sold out event! Tickets can be bought early online for $25 for age 11 and up (younger is free!) and include unlimited access to the food booths, the cash bar, and entertainment provided by The Fauxgrass Quartet.
My warning to you all is this- come hungry. If you’re in a food coma by your fourth booth then you are really missing out. And whether or not you took the 10X10 pledge, we hope to see you there, supporting the businesses that make West Michigan such a great place to live.
–Lyndsay Israel- Feature Writer