Love Local MB, the annual market celebrating locally produced foods and beverages, is experiencing a growth spurt.
This year's event, scheduled for March 18 at Canad Inns Polo Park, will feature 52 local companies. That's 18 more than last year, co-organizer Peter Fehr said Thursday.
Some of the new participants include four breweries — Barn Hammer Brewing Co, Capital K Distillery Inc., Little Brown Jug Brewing Co., and Torque Brewing. Others newcomers include The Bar Lady Chocolates, Cornelia Bean, Freefield Organics, Hot Rod's Grill, and Sheep Dog Coffee.
The vendors include a variety of small to medium-sized businesses, as well as some larger players like Bothwell Cheese and Granny's Poultry.
"We want to showcase what our fine province has to offer when it comes to food and beverage" Fehr said. "It's a super fun evening out, with a free glass of wine, live music, lots of sampling and the opportunity to support local producers by purchasing their wares."
A portion of the proceeds from the event, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will go towards supporting 1justCity, a local organization which "fills in the cracks of broken lives, from a warm meal all the way to advocacy."
Love Local MB is hosted by created by Fehr, fellow entrepreneur Bessie Hatzitrifonos, and presenting sponsors Gourmet Inspirations and Generation Green at the Forks.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.LoveLocalMB.com for $15, or for $20 at the door.
— Source: Peter Fehr