10th Annual Locavore Bucks Gives Community Free Samples of Local Products – News – The Intelligencer
“Buy Local” was the theme of an event that began a decade ago to boost the local economy. What started as a swap of local business cards for local food and drink has evolved into the 10th annual Bucks Locavore – Buy Local Business networking event that drew nearly 600 people to a borough business from Doylestown Thursday evening.
In a space typically used for custom cabinet making, Patrick Kennedy made his way through the crowds, smiling as he watched people munch on food samples and sip drinks from more than 30 local vendors who moved to her workplace to celebrate the idea of neighbors helping their neighbors by buying local.
“And it all happened by accident,” said Kennedy, who started the rally a decade ago to boost the local economy during the recession.
Kennedy, who owns Superior Woodcraft with his wife Michelle Kennedy, said what started as a local Chamber of Commerce business card swap over local food and drink has turned into the 10th annual Bucks Locavore event. – Buy Local Business Networking which attracted nearly 600 people through its Hamilton Street Business Thursday night.
“A lot of business owners don’t have a storefront and rely on word of mouth to do business,” he said. “Here they are and it costs nothing – we just want them to provide good, healthy samples to people so they can get a good representation of what they’re doing. That’s the price.”
And the royalty for the public? A tin can or a small donation to the Doylestown Pantry. Thursday night’s event raised 650 pounds of food and $ 500 for the pantry, which feeds those in need in the community.
Hunger for the annual event comes from many sides. “People really want to know more about local food and drink; and here they discover local products that they didn’t even know existed, and you can really feel the community spirit. “
He also said that companies, which do not have a commercial facade or a large advertising budget, have the opportunity to showcase their products and the service that goes with them. At Thursday’s event, vendors ranged from cheese produced at local farms to wine from area vineyards and baked goods made in family kitchens.
For example, Nord Bread owners, based in Plumstead, Bianca Saracini and Danny Perez, bake different varieties of sourdough bread in a local commercial kitchen and deliver them fresh. Linda Cantrell of Noble Sweets also creates edible desserts, cookies and centerpieces at home.
“It’s an absolute necessity to do events,” said Cantrell, a one-man business that prepares and delivers. “I deliver to Central Bucks for free, so having this event in Doylestown helps. I’m trying to make it as easy as possible.”
Kennedy said it’s not just consumers who are investing, he said. “I encourage producers to contact each other and use each other’s products,” he said. “For example, Laurie’s Chocolates uses Doylestown Brewing Beer as an ingredient in Tavern Caramel.”
“The idea is to educate the community on what’s available in their own backyard,” Kennedy said. “And we see this as our small contribution to the local economy. When you support and buy local products, you provide jobs for people and help businesses contribute to the community. You invest in your neighbors.”