It’s stuff like this, why I love living in Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

Next Thursday it’s the 7th Annual Fork Fest at Romence Gardens & Greenhouses on Lakeside Drive from 5-9 pm.

The event is presented by Brewery Vivant so you know they’ll have food and drink on site, but so will more than 40 other West Michigan eateries, grocers, farms, bakeries, and breweries.

The ticket price is $40 on their website or $45 at the door, but you’ll walk around from booth to booth trying samples of different local deliciousness. (Yes, the samples are included in your ticket price.)

There will also be a cash bar with beverages available from Brewery Vivant, Long Road Distillery, Fenn Valley Vineyards and Farmhaus Cider Co.

The list of restaurants and business participating makes that $45 ticket price look like nothing.  Check out who will all be there sampling:

Art of the Table
Auntie Cheetah's Soup Shop
Brewery Vivant
Byron Center Meats
Chapbook Cafe
Connie's Cakes
Cultured Love
Daddy Pete's BBQ
Daddy's Dough
Donkey Taqueria
Doorganics
El Granjero Mexican Grill
Electric Cheetah
Essence Restaurant Group
Field & Fire Cafe
Furniture City Creamery
Gettin' Fresh
Global Infusion
Grand Rapids Cheesecake Company
Gravity Taphouse Grille
The Grilling Company
Herb & Fire Pizzeria
Heffron Farms
Irie Kitchen
Iron Restaurant
Koeze
Lindo Mexico Restaurant
Louise Earl Butcher
Love's Ice Cream
Mazzo Cucina D'Italia
The Mitten Brewing Company
Mokaya
Mosby's Popcorn Palace
The Old Goat
The Omelette Shoppe
Osteria Rossa
Reds at Thousand Oaks
Slow Food West Michigan
The Sovengard
Squibb Coffee Bar
Supermercado Mexico
The Winchester
Twisted Rooster
Uccello's Ristorante Pizzeria & Sports Lounge
Uncle Cheetah's Soup Shop

 

According to their website, the 7th annual Fork Fest is also hosting the Heartside Gleaning Initiative, Fulton Street Farmers Market and Access of West Michigan, so you can find out more about those community resources as well.