Speed Dating March 27 2015

Casually Gourmet at the Vermont Food Matchmaker showEvery year, the Vermont Fresh Network and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture sponsor a unique event for food producers and larger food buyers. It's called the Vermont Food Matchmaker. The concept is like speed dating. Specialty food manufacturers such as Casually Gourmet setup a relatively small display of their products and marketing material. Wholesale buyers and distributors browse the displays for the first part of the show, talking to the sellers, looking at product, and taking information. Following that, the buyers sit down at designated tables around the venue and the matchmaking portion begins. Each seller is given a list of their "dates", according to preferences submitted prior to the show. We get 8 minutes to pitch ourselves and our products. When the time is up, we have 2 minutes to transition over to our next date. It's hectic and fun at the same time. This year, Casually Gourmet was looking for love with a large Burlington health food supermarket, and a couple of big regional gourmet food buyers. Personally I think we had a great first date, but time will tell. Should I call the next day?

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