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Upcoming Events:
    For more information please visit our calendar
  • April 3: 11am Borgess Farmers' Market
  • April 3: 7pm Food Security of Food Justice: Does it Really Matter? Karika Phillips, Kalamazoo County Center for Health Equity @ Bronson Hospital, Gilmore Center for Health Education
  • April 8: 7pm Farmer's Market 101. Learn about your local farmer's markets. @ Kalamazoo Public Library, Central Branch
  • April 10: 3pm Container Gardening. Learn how to plant a vegetable or herb garden in limited space. @ Kalamazoo Public Library Oshtemo Branch
  • April 15: 7pm Meet the Author Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer @ Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium
  • April 16: 1:15pm Campus visit Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer @ Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Building
  • April 17: 11am Borgess Farmers' Market

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The Fair Food Food Fair is a celebration of food, with chefs competing for your vote for the coveted "Golden Ladle Award" for the best appetizer made with local ingredients. The event will also feature Michigan-made beverages (and a few local food surprises!), plus live music, silent auction, and the presentation of the William R. Wood Locavore of the Year Award.

Thursday, November 15, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Girl Scouts Program & Training Center (601 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo)

Admission: General Admission: $30 advance/$40 door (Student Admission: $20 advance/$30 door)

Advance ticket sales end at 2 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 15).


Participating Chefs

  • Bronson Food Service
  • Casa Bolero
  • The Crow's Nest
  • Food Dance
  • fuel
  • Just Good Food
  • Kurry Guru
  • People's Food Co-op
  • The Union Cabaret & Grill
  • Water Street Coffee Joint
  • Zazios
  • Music

    Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo (aka Red Tail Ring) will bring their haunting blend of traditional and folk tunes to the event.

    Master of Ceremonies

    NewsChannel 3 meteorologist Jeff Porter

    Silent Auction

    Save time to peruse the wondrous mix of food items, gift cards to local eateries, tickets to cultural attractions, cooking and gardening gear, sports tickets and memorabilia (including an autographed photo of Kalamazoo's own Derek Jeter!), plus services (holiday house cleaning), trips (fishing trip on the Upper Mississippi River) and more.

    William R. Wood Locavore of the Year Award

    Judy Sarkozy, who has filled the hearts, minds and bellies of so many people through the years, will receive the 2012 William R. Wood Locavore of the Year Award. Cheers to Judy!

    Golden Ladle Award

    The chef who gets the most votes for favorite dish of the night will win the coveted Golden Ladle Award (which has resided at Zazios for the past year). Don't miss the announcement of the winner at 8:40 p.m.!


The 2012 Fair Food Food Fair is sponsored by:



All proceeds benefit Fair Food Matters.

Programs and Partnerships:
  • Can-Do Kitchen
    A commercial kitchen and business incubation for small food businesses.
  • Common Ground: Kalamazoo Community Garden Network
    A network of individuals and organizations working to support community gardens throughout Kalamazoo County.
  • Douglass Farmers' Market
    Greet friends and neighbors at this market on the north side of town featuring local producers.
  • Good Food Kalamazoo
    A collaboration among individuals and organizations working toward a healthy local food system in Kalamazoo County to engage and empower our community to provide itself with food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.
  • Growing Matters Garden
    Kids get their hands dirty and learn a lot with our educational gardening project.
  • Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest
    Celebrate local food, local farming, and sustainable living with great speakers, music and more.