Maryland’s Best Expo Scheduled for January 10
Opportunity for Maryland Farmers, Seafood Producers,
and Processors to Connect with Buyers
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host the Maryland’s Best Expo on Tuesday, January 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Returning for its 19th year, after being canceled in 2021 and 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland’s Best Expo provides an opportunity for Maryland farmers, seafood producers, and processors to connect with buyers from grocery retailers, restaurants, schools, food distributors, and other venues.
“This premiere event plays an important role in connecting our Maryland farmers and producers to buyers from around the state,” said MDA Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Over the past two decades, MDA’s Marketing Program, Maryland’s Best, has promoted our state’s agricultural and seafood products, and expanded markets for our farmers and producers. I am incredibly proud of their work and grateful for their efforts.”
The 2020 Maryland’s Best Expo attracted more than 300 attendees. Participants included farmers, producers, watermen, aquaculturists, processors, grocery store retailers, restaurants, schools, institutions, distributors, economic development officials, University of Maryland Extension (UME) agents, and regional agricultural marketing officials.
Due to popular demand, this year’s event has been relocated to the Akerson Tower located at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis. Registration is required. The deadline to be included in the expo directory has been extended to December 20, 2022, and the last day to sign up is January 6, 2023. There is a $25 fee for a table display space. There is no fee for buyers, but they must register.
You should attend this event if you are:
- A Maryland grower, watermen, seafood company, or processor interested in finding new markets for your products;
- A buyer from a grocery store, restaurant, hospital, school, or other venue looking to purchase Maryland grown or produced products
- A service provider in agriculture or local food.
The types of local products that buyers will typically find are:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Dairy products
- Craft Beverages
- Specialty products (sauces, baked goods, chocolate, soups, flour)
For questions or help registering or if you are interested in sponsorship please contact Audrey Broomfield at (410) 841-5838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.