Taste NY announced today that more than 70 New York State agricultural producers and local food buyers will participate in the Southern Tier Region Food and Farms Business Expo taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton in Binghamton.
The Southern Tier Region Food and Farms Business Expo is the first of two business networking events that will be held across the State in 2019. The second Food and Farms Business Expo will take place in the Adirondacks Region later this year.
The Business Expo was created to link food, beverage and farm businesses with local buyers, such as area restaurants and universities, among others. The business-to-business events give vendors the opportunity to showcase, market and sell their products onsite, while allowing buyers to sample and purchase high-quality goods that are grown and made in New York.
The free event, which is organized and sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and Taste NY, is open to buyers, retailers, restaurants, markets, schools, institutions and distributors, as well as farmers, food and beverage producers, brewers, cider- and wine-makers, and distillers. Participants will have the opportunity to sample locally-produced foods and beverages while learning about various crops and commodities grown in the area, as well as where and how to purchase those foods.
The networking events are intended to help farmers and agricultural producers grow their businesses and encourage hotels, restaurants, bars, retail locations and institutions to purchase local products.
Details for the event follows:
- Southern Tier Food and Farms Business Expo
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Doubletree by Hilton Binghamton
225 Water Street, Binghamton, NY
For more information, call 607-772-8860 or visit the Chamber’s web site.
New York State boasts a thriving agricultural industry, with top-notch growers and producers of a wide array of food and drinks, including dairy, maple, cheese, meats, apples, Concord grapes, craft beverages and wine. The Southern Tier Region Food and Farms Business Expo is the latest in a series of Taste NY-sponsored business-to-business networking events taking place across the State since 2018. Earlier events in the Finger Lakes, the Hudson Valley, Capital Region, Long Island and Western New York were held last year.
About Taste NY
The Taste NY initiative has seen steady growth and recognition since it was created in 2013. The program, which is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets, has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at a variety of venues throughout the State and at large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair and the Barclays Tournament at Bethpage State Park. It has also helped the farms and companies participating in the program to reach more customers, increase online sales, and, in many cases, expand the processing capacity of their business. Taste NY’s food and beverage businesses also support the State’s farmers by using New York grown and produced ingredients in their products.
New York products sold under Taste NY branding are available in more than 70 locations throughout the State as well as the New York State Office of Trade and Tourism in San Juan, Puerto Rico.