Bozeman, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting the first annual Montana Food Show in Bozeman at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn on Tuesday October 10, 2017. More than 40 Montana fresh produce, meat, food and spirit companies will be showcasing their products to both professional buyers and the general public, with the goal of getting more Montana foods and beverages on Montana plates and in Montana glasses.
“Based on conversations we’ve had with Montana food and agriculture companies across the state, there is a need for an event like the Montana Food Show to connect local food and beverage companies with statewide and regional buyers,” said MDA Director Ben Thomas. “We are excited to host this tradeshow and look forward to the connections that will be made between food and beverage companies and institutions of all kinds.”
MDA is partnering with Montana Team Nutrition, National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Farm to Cafeteria Network, Lake County Community Development’s Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, Montana State University Culinary Services, the Montana Food and Agriculture Development Center Network, Bear Paw Development Corporation, Prospera Business Network, Western Sustainability Exchange, and the Made in Montana program to host this first annual event.
A list of Montana companies attending this event can be found at www.foodshow.mt.gov. Professional buyers from schools, restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores, catering companies, and other organizations interested in local food can register at the same address. The show will be open to professional buyers only from 10am-4pm and to the general public from 4pm-7pm.
The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.