The state's culinary heritage and local farm products were celebrated tonight in Bridgeport...
The Friends of Food event, benefiting the collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia, brought together farmers and folks who like to buy local. It featured a reception, a three course meal and a dessert social. Nearly all of the products used in the dinner preparation were grown or raised within a 50-mile radius.
Organizers say there are many benefits to buying local.
"What can't be beat is the freshness and that it's available locally. We have great eggs, there's great protein, folks out there raising pork and beef, lamb, great vegetables, especially this time of year. I think each year we do these type of events the collaboration gets out there and the awareness increases and that's really what the mission is all about," said Scott Duarte, Bridgeport Conference Center General Manager.
Over 75 Friends of Food attended the event.