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MSU's sixth annual Local Food Fair and Symposium set for April 17

April 5, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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The sixth annual Local Food Fair and Symposium, a free event featuring educational activities revolving around local food, will be held Tuesday, April 17, from 12:30-7 p.m. in Montana State University's SUB Ballrooms.

The purpose of the Local Food Fair is to increase awareness on campus and within the Gallatin Valley of the abundance Montana offers, allow consumers to put a face to the producers and support the efforts for a community based food system throughout the state, according to Anna Diffenderfer, Farm to College coordinator at MSU. The event brings together more than 50 local food producers, processors and ally organizations from across Montana.

The fair includes a keynote lecture from Melinda Hemmelgarn, a registered dietitian, nutritionist and award-winning journalist. Hemmelgarn's address, "Growing Montana's Future: Cross-pollinating campus, community and culture," will kick off the event at 12:30 p.m.

A vendor showcase, cooking demonstrations, product samples and activities will be available from 1:30-3 p.m.

A series of four roundtable discussions, designed to offer opportunities for buyers and sellers to connect, will take place beginning at 3:30 p.m.

At 5 p.m., a Montana Sampler and Mingle will be held. The event is designed as a networking opportunity for consumers and producers and will include light appetizers prepared with local foods.

The event concludes with a 6 p.m. talk from Hemmelgarn on "Thinking Beyond Our Plates: Recipe for a Good Food Revolution."

MSU Food Services, Friends of Local Foods, the Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems program at MSU, Towne's Harvest Garden, NECO and ASMSU Sustainability are event sponsors.

The event is open to the public. Free parking will be available in the University Police parking lot located off of 7th Avenue.

For more information, contact Anna Diffenderfer at or 994-6775, or visit

Contact: Anna Diffenderfer, (406) 994-6775 or