Vendors and buyers at The Maryland Department of Agriculture

BALTIMORE COUNTY – Marylanders searching for delicious seafood, dairy products, meat and produce need look no further than their own state!

The Maryland Department of Agriculture will host the Maryland’s Best Food & Beverage Expo Wednesday, January 22, 2020. The Maryland’s Best Expo provides an opportunity for Maryland farmers, seafood producers, and processors to connect with buyers from grocery retailers, restaurants, schools, food distributors, and other venues.

“From fresh crabs and oysters harvested by local watermen to Maryland-made artisan cheeses, our state is home to a very diverse, high-quality food and beverage market,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder.

“The Maryland’s Best Expo is the premier event in the state where buyers from an array of industries can find all of the locally-produced products that Maryland consumers prefer.”

In 2019, the event had more than 400 registrants, including produce farmers, artisan cheese and ice cream producers, beef and bison farmers, grocery store representatives, chefs, school nutrition directors, distributors, economic development officials, Maryland Cooperative Extension, and regional agricultural marketing officials.

This year the event will be held in the “N” Room at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis—the same location as last year. Maryland growers, watermen, and processors will be charged an exhibitor’s fee of $25 to help offset the cost of the event. There is no fee for buyers to attend.

Maryland growers, watermen, seafood companies or processor interested in finding new markets for products are encouraged to attend the expo.

Buyers from grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, schools, or other venue looking to purchase Maryland grown or produced products; and service providers in agriculture or local food such as a county extension agent, food writer, etc. are also encourages to attend the expo.

The types of local products that buyers will typically find at this meeting are:

Fruits and vegetables, meats (such as beef, turkey, and bison),cheeses (cow, sheep, and goat milk), seafood (such as crabmeat and oysters), specialty products (including locally-made ice cream, soups, flour, wine, beer, and more).

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