Food is Opportunity Day will be held in partnership with the Universities at Shady Grove on February 12th, 2019! This event provides a great opportunity for local food and beverage businesses and farms to sample their product to retail, wholesale, and institutional buyers, build connections and new relationships with buyers and students, and network with other local food and beverage producers. The event will also feature educational panels to showcase the diverse career paths within the local food system, as well as to teach students and small food and beverage businesses how to scale a business.
Schedule for Food Is Opportunity Day:
10:30-11am: Vendor check-in and table set-up
11am-12pm: Producer networking
12-1pm: Food Careers Panel Discussion, featuring Sophia Maroon of Dress it Up Dressing, Ryan Walter of Compost Crew, and Jackie DeCarlo of Manna Food Center (Students only)
12-2pm: MoCo Made Expo (Buyers only: 12-1pm)
2-2:30pm: Exhibitors may begin taking down tables. Vendors offering internships or jobs who would like to network with students are encouraged to do so at this time.
2:30-3:30pm: “Scaling a Food Business” Panel Discussion, featuring Judy Stephenson, the Montgomery County Small Business Navigator, Kelly Dudeck of Grow and Fortify, and Bart Yablonsky of Dawson’s Market (Students and Businesses are invited)
4:00pm: Take down must be completed. Detailed logistical information will be provided closer to the date of the event.
The event will be held in the Rockville/Potomac Room of Building II at the Universities at Shady Grove (9630 Gudelsky Dr, Rockville, MD). Parking will be available in the Traville Gateway Garage.
Here are some helpful links and information for food/beverage businesses that are already registered for Food is Opportunity Day.
- Request a USG Student Ambassador to assist you at the Expo
- Learn more about the Student Ambassador position
- Submit information to share with USG students about potential internship/job opportunities with your business
- Licensing info: Food vendors must obtain a $70 Temporary Food Service License in order to sample products at Food Is Opportunity (click here to link to the application form). Beer and wine vendors offering alcoholic beverage samplesmust also have their own licensing in place (click here to link to the Alcohol License Application). All licenses must be brought to the event.
Please contact Catherine Nardi at email@example.com