Garrett County Government - Department of Business Development

Maryland's Best Expo Scheduled for January 19th

Last Updated on Dec 10, 2021 at 10:09am | Agribusiness

The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s annual Maryland’s Best Expo will be held on January 19, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the Banquet Room in Annapolis, Md. The meeting is designed for Maryland growers, seafood companies, producers, and processors interested in selling their products to buyers from grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, schools, and other venues.
 
“We are thrilled to be back in person and hosting the 2022 Maryland’s Best Expo,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “This premiere event plays an important role in connecting our Maryland farmers and producers to buyers from around the state. Over the past two decades, MDA’s Marketing Program, Maryland’s Best, has promoted our state’s agricultural and seafood products, and expanded markets for our farmers and producers. I am incredibly proud of their work and grateful for their efforts.”
 
The 2020 Maryland’s Best Expo attracted more than 300 attendees. Participants included farmers, producers, watermen, aquaculturists, processors, grocery store retailers, restaurants, schools, institutions, distributors, economic development officials, University of Maryland Extension (UME) agents, and regional agricultural marketing officials. The Maryland Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition will also be meeting during the Expo.
 
Who should attend this event:
 
  • A Maryland farmer, seafood producer, or processor interested in finding new markets for your products (Depending on the product, it must either be grown or produced in Maryland)
  • A buyer from a grocery store, restaurant, hospital, school, or other venue looking to purchase Maryland grown or produced products
  • A service provider in agriculture and local food such as a county extension agent, food writer, etc.
 
The types of local products that buyers will typically find are:
 
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meats (such as poultry, beef, and bison)
  • Dairy products (cow, sheep, and goats milk/cheese; icecream; yogurt; and butter)
  • Seafood (such as crabmeat, oysters, and rockfish)
  • Craft Beverages (beer, wine, spirits, juices, kombucha, coffee, etc.)
  • Specialty products (including hemp products, sauces, baked goods, chocolate, soups, flour, etc.)
 
This year’s event will be held in the “N Room” at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis. Registration is required. The registration deadline is January 5, 2022. There is a $25 fee for a table display space. There is no fee for buyers, but they must register.
 
Attendees should pull in gate 5 off of Taylor Ave. and park near Gate C or D. To get to the banquet room, enter the stadium at Gate C. Parking will be $5.
 
 
For questions contact Karen Fedor at karen.fedor@maryland.gov or 410-841-5773. Seafood producers contact Stone Slade at stone.slade@maryland.gov.
 
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