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MSU's seventh annual Local Food Fair and Symposium set for April 8

March 22, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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The seventh annual Local Food Fair and Symposium, a free event featuring educational activities revolving around local food, will be held Monday, April 8, from 1-7:30 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 35 local food producers, processors and ally organizations from across Montana.

The fair will kick off with a discussion from 1-1:15 p.m. of the highlights of the Montana Made Program, followed by a vendor showcase, cooking demonstrations, product samples and activities from 1:15-3 p.m.

The fair will continue with a panel discussion, "Food Safety Modernization Act: The Potential Impact on Producers, Buyers and Consumers in Montana," with panelists Melissa Tuemmler, Cort Jensen, Charles Holt and Mariann Van Den Elzen and moderator Bryan Von Lossberg. The discussion will be held from 3-5 p.m.

A Montana Sampler and Mingle will be held from 5-6 p.m. 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 the showing of a movie related to food systems, followed by a discussion, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the SUB.

Event sponsors include University Food Services, the Montana Made Program, Towne's Harvest Garden, MSU Office of Sustainability, Friends of Local Foods, AERO, Foodscape Montana, MSU and the Sustainable Food and Bioenergy System program.

The event is open to the public. Free parking will be available in the Huffman/University Police parking lot located off of 7th Avenue. Overflow parking will be available in the gravel lot south of the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

For more information, contact Anna Diffenderfer at mtmade@montana.edu or 994-6775, or visit www.montana.edu/ufs/mtmade/foodfair.php.

Contact: Anna Diffenderfer, (406) 994-6775 or mtmade@montana.edu