Grillin’ for Food Gatherers: A Picnic with a Purpose – June 11

Once again, Locavorious is proud to support Grillin’ and Food Gatherers, one of our favorite events of the year.  This year Locavorious will be making and donating trays of vegan sweet corn barley salad for the feast.

Here’s the straight scoop from Food Gatherers:

Two thousand guests will gather for a community picnic that features live music, food from more than 50 local restaurants, beer and wine, a silent auction and activities for kids.  Now in its 28th year, Grillin’ is an event for all ages.

This year’s band lineup includes blues and rock beats from Grillin’s longtime headliner, George Bedard and the Kingpins. The stage also features Ann Arbor-based singer/songwriter Chris Dupont, and up and coming indie-pop artist, Lisa Richie.  Grillin’ is broadcast live on ann arbor’s 107one with Grillin’s Master of Ceremonies, Rob Reinhart.

More than 250 local businesses are donating to the menu, silent auction, and entertainment offerings, and through cash sponsorships. Guests can look forward to a menu of grilled gourmet sausages, chicken, corn, tofu, vegetarian burgers, and side dishes from local restaurants, followed by desserts from Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Zingerman’s Creamery and Mity Nice Italian Ice. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. The bar features Michigan wine and microbrews.

Families can enjoy an area just for kids, with activities hosted by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, a free photo booth, lawn games, and face painting.

Adult tickets are $75 in advance and $10 for kids ages 3-13 (kids under 3 are free). Each adult ticket sold provides 150 meals to those in need; each kid ticket provides 15 meals. At the gate, adult tickets are $85; kid tickets are $10. Ticket price includes buffet, dessert and entertainment.

Advance tickets are available at www.foodgatherers.org/grillin or by calling (734) 761-2796. Tickets are also available at ticket vendors: Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Deli and Roadhouse; Bookbound Bookstore; Dexter Picture Frame Company; and Saline Picture Frame Company.

  • When:           Sunday, June 11, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., rain or shine.
  • Where:          Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Why:             While Grillin’ is a light-hearted, family event, its mission is serious: to alleviate hunger in Washtenaw County. The event raises awareness and support for Food Gatherers’ food rescue and food bank program, and enables the food bank to distribute food for 14,000 meals a day to 44,500 adults, seniors and children.

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About Food Gatherers Food Gatherers is the food rescue program and food bank for Washtenaw County, distributing 6.4 million pounds of food to 150 non-profit programs serving 44,500 low-income adults, seniors and children annually. Food Gatherers’ direct service programs include the Community Kitchen, Community Kitchen Job Training, Healthy School Pantry, and Summer Food Service. More than 7,000 people volunteer each year. For the last 12 consecutive years, Food Gatherers has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.  For a list of food donors and recipient programs, or to learn how to become involved, visit foodgatherers.org or call (734) 761-2796.

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