Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jola Szubielski, Kirstan Conley 518-457-0752

October 22, 2018

Taste NY Invites Farmers and Buyers to Grow Business and Support Local Buying at New Food and Farms Business Expos

Networking Events Deliver on Promise to Connect New York Farms with New Markets

Taste NY invites New York State’s diverse agricultural producers and its wide array of buyers to join its new Food and Farms Business Expos at one of three upcoming regional sessions.  The Food and Farms Business Expos, created to link food, beverage and farm businesses with buyers, are being held in the Hudson Valley, Capital Region and on Long Island. The business-to-business events will give vendors the opportunity to showcase, market and sell their products onsite, while allowing buyers to sample and purchase high-quality goods that are grown and made in New York. The Farms and Food Business Expos will provide participants with the opportunity to grow business relationships.

State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Ball said, These regional business-to-business expos are the latest in a series of networking events connecting New York farms, food and beverage producers to distributors and buyers from institutions, retail locations, restaurants, and bars. We thank Governor Cuomo for supporting these exciting events, first announced in his 2018 State of the State address. We also thank our partners for sponsoring these expos, which help match businesses and institutions interested in buying local with farmers and producers in their regions.” 

“Cornell Cooperative Extension Statewide Director Chris Watkins said, “Providing technical expertise and education in farm production for New York farmers in today’s rapidly changing marketplace requires a focus on innovation.  It’s exciting that Cornell Cooperative Extension, through our partnership with Taste NY, is able to provide a living laboratory to help farmers test their profitability strategies.  Not only are we helping farmers grow food, through Taste NY we’re helping food innovators develop local products for local markets.  These business expos will only keep fostering growth and innovation, and I applaud the Governor and Commissioner for their leadership.”  

The free events, organized and sponsored by local Cornell Cooperative Extensions, area Chambers of Commerce and Taste NY, are open to buyers, retailers, restaurants, markets, schools, institutions and distributors, as well as farmers, food and beverage producers, brewers, cider and wine-makers, and distillers.

Participants will have the opportunity to sample locally-produced foods and beverages while learning about various crops and commodities grown in the area, as well as where and how to purchase those foods. The networking events are intended to help farmers and agricultural producers grow their businesses and encourage hotels, restaurants, bars, retail locations and institutions to purchase local products.

Registration is required. Details for the events follow.

  • Hudson Valley Food and Farms Business Expo
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Anthony’s Pier 9
    2975 Route 9W, New Windsor

    Participants must have businesses located in Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Orange, Westchester, Putnam or Rockland counties. For more information, call (845) 294-1700, (845) 344-1234, or visit

    The event is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Ulster County Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

  • Capital Region Food and Farms Business Expo
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The Desmond Hotel
    660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany

    Participants must have businesses located in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, Washington, Greene, Columbia or Schoharie counties. For more information, call (518) 765-3500 or email

    The event is sponsored by the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce.

  • Long Island Food and Farms Business Expo
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2018 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Long Island Welcome Center
    Dix Hills

    Participants must have businesses located in Nassau and Suffolk counties. For more information, contact or call 516-433-7970, Ext. 16.

    The event is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers. 

New York State boasts a thriving agricultural industry, with top-notch growers and producers of a wide array of food and drinks, including dairy, maple, cheese, meats, apples, Concord grapes, craft beverages and wine. The Food and Farms Business Expos are the latest Taste NY-sponsored Business-to-Business networking events taking place across the state in 2018. The first event was held in the Finger Lakes.

About Taste NY
The Taste NY initiative has seen steady growth and recognition since it was created in 2013. The program, which is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets, has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at a variety of venues throughout the State and at large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair and the Barclays Tournament at Bethpage State Park. It has also helped the farms and companies participating in the program to reach more customers, increase online sales, and, in many cases, expand the processing capacity of their business. Taste NY’s food and beverage businesses also support the State’s farmers by using New York grown and produced ingredients in their products.

New York products sold under Taste NY branding are available in more than 70 locations throughout the State as well as the New York State Office of Trade and Tourism in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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