One week until Festival of Food

festival of food high resThe hustle and bustle of the Rochester Public Market will be transformed next week as Foodlink hosts its 10th annual Festival of Food.  Featuring the best in local food and drink, Festival of Food is the largest tasting event in the Rochester region.  More than 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries, specialty food shops will be participating on Monday, September 15th from 6-9pm at the Rochester Public Market.

Among the vendors:

  • Wegmans – Next Door Bar & Grill, Amore, & Burger Bar
  • Max Rochester
  • Lento
  • Sticky Lips BBQ
  • Red Tail Ridge Winery
  • Rohrbach Brewing Company
  • Black Button Distillery
  • Hedonist Ice Cream
  • Cheesy Eddie’s

Festival of Food benefits Foodlink, the regional food bank working to build a healthy, hunger-free community for over 35 years.  Tickets ($50 in advance, $60 at the door) are still available.  They can be purchased prior to the event at Wegmans, the Rochester Public Market and

“Festival of Food is thankful for all the vendors and sponsors who donate their time, talents, and creations to support Foodlink’s efforts to end hunger,” said Terra Keller, Director of Community Relations at Foodlink. “You too can support Foodlink by joining us for a celebration of local flavor at the Foodlink Festival of Food.”

A panel of judges will determine best taste winners in a variety of categories.

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Monday, September 15th


Rochester Public Market
280 N. Union Street
Rochester, NY 14609

Special Note:

Festival of Food is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors: Wegmans, GMR Associates, Barilla, Alpina, Power Management, Constellation Brands, Big Apple Deli Products, DeCarolis, GLK Foods, Bonadio Group, Jay-C Fire, 13 One Photography Seneca Foods, Regional Distributors, and Zweigles.


Hunger Action Month

HAM_buckets3My online newsfeed is filled today with adorable children heading back to school.  I love seeing these kids decked out in brand new clothes with their endearing smiles and their eagerness to start off another school year.  Boy does time fly.  While September marks back to school, it also marks Hunger Action Month- a time to take action against those children and adults who struggle with hunger.   One in seven Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from, including one in five children.  Foodlink serves 200,000 individuals each year through our network of 500 human service agencies in our 10-county region.

How can you get involved during Hunger Action Month?  Here are a few ideas:

  • GO ORANGE: Thursday, September 4this Hunger Action Day- where participants are urged to wear orange and post on social media.  If you do wear orange, please take a pic, post online with the #hungeraction and tag @foodlinkny.
    • Feeding America has a cool app on its Facebook page that lets you turn your original FB profile pic into orange.
  • SELFIE STATION: This year, we are pushing selfies.  Attached is the selfie sign where you can fill in I will _____ to help fight hunger.  Fill in the blank, take a pic of yourself and again share with me and/or social media.  Again, don’t forget the #hungeraction and to tag @foodlinkny.
  • SHARE THE CALENDAR:   Click here for our 30 ways in 30 days calendar.  Follow along or share with others ways to take action against hunger.
  • SNAP CHALLENGE: Could you live on $5.00/day food budget for a day/week/month?  Try it and write a blog, essay, op-ed.
  • LIBRARY LIGHTS: The Rundel Library in downtown Rochester is turning its lights orange from September 1-14 to raise awareness.
  • FESTIVAL OF FOOD: Foodlink’s largest fundraising event is Monday, September 15th from 6-9pm at the Rochester Public Market.  Attendees can enjoy the best in local food and drink.  More than 100 restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries and specialty food shops will offer delicious and unlimited samples all evening long.  Tickets are available at, Wegmans, and the Rochester Public Library.
  • HUMAN LIBRARY: Visit the Rundel library on Saturday, September 27th from 1-4pm and hear real stories about hunger and the challenges facing those on the front lines fighting hunger.

Information on all these ideas and events for Hunger Action Month can be found at