Press Release, Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission
SMADC is seeking farms, wineries and other established agritourism venues in Southern Maryland to co-host the Buy Local Challenge (BLC) Celebration, an annual event that seeks to promote Southern Maryland’s agricultural community and connect consumers with the bounty of the region’s farms and food.
The BLC Celebration is held each year in a different county and farm/agritourism venue in Southern Maryland. “It is the intent of the SMADC Board that all five Southern Maryland counties have the opportunity to host the BLC Celebration. In the past two years, the Celebration has been hosted by Greenstreet Gardens in Anne Arundel County and Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards in Prince George’s County,” explained SMADC Director Shelby Watson-Hampton, “So going forward, we are reaching out to agritourism venues specifically in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.”
To pave the way for advanced planning and promotion and build on growing public enthusiasm for the BLC Celebration, SMADC is hoping to identify a host site in each one of the three aforementioned counties for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
The farmers’ market style festival always takes place in the evening, on the last Monday of July, and features upwards of 50 vendors offering tastings and sales of Maryland grown and produced farm products as well as wineries, breweries, distilleries, local artisans, crafters, and agricultural organizations. Other attractions include a raffle, food trucks, musical entertainment, carriage rides, and children’s activities/play area. The event has grown in popularity, attracting over 600 people (in 2018), including VIP’s from state legislature and local government.
Established agritourism venues located in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties that have the ability to host large public events are encouraged to apply to host the BLC Celebration. Host applications are due by Tuesday, February 5th. For full details and host site selection criteria visit ‘What’s New, News and Announcements’ at www.SMADC.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BLC Celebration concludes the statewide Buy Local Challenge Week (promoted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture), which encourages consumers to support their local farms and eat locally produced farm foods.
VIEW THE HOST SITE APPLICATION FORM AND CRITERIA HERE