Farm Fresh event seeks caterers

By Vicki Hyatt | May 07, 2014

Plans are under way for a Sunday breakfast/lunch during the Haywood County Fair that features the fresh produce, meats and other local products the county has become known for.

Those interested in preparing and serving one or more courses for the Farm Fresh at the Fair event are invited to submit bids before May 25.

Potential providers are asked to use as many local products as possible and provide a list of vendors used so all can benefit from the free advertising associated with this event.

The meal will be served from 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. 24

There will be 250 tickets sold for the meal, and potential caterers are asked to submit bids for one or more of the following courses.

1) A breakfast course, that could include items such as quiche, omelets, breakfast casserole, biscuits, French toast, fresh fruit, etc. to serve 125;

2) A main entree course that includes a local meat dish with at least two locally produced sides to serve 150;

3) Beverages, bread and dessert for 250.

The menu can vary slightly depending on what's in season, and potential providers are invited to look at the website to get an idea of what sort of fresh produce/products may be available in August.

Buy Haywood will be paying for table top advertising pieces saying which local producers, restaurants or caterers provided the food.

There is no commercial kitchen at the fairgrounds, so meals will need to be brought in pre-cooked or if on-site cooking is needed for items such as omelets, that needs to be worked out in advance.

Proposals can be emailed to June Johnson at no later than May 25.

This effort is being undertaken by a cross-section of volunteers in the county. Any proceeds from the event will be earmarked for a commercial kitchen at the fairgrounds.