Maryland’s Best Food & Beverage Expo is planned for Jan. 22. ( Maryland Department of Agriculture )

The Maryland Department of Agriculture will host Maryland’s Best Food & Beverage Expo on Jan. 22.

The event gives Maryland growers, seafood producers, and processors to connect with buyers from grocery retailers, restaurants, schools, food distributors, and other venues, according to a news release.

“The Maryland’s Best Expo is the premier event in the state where buyers from an array of industries can find all of the locally-produced products that Maryland consumers prefer,” Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder said in the release.

In 2019, the release said the event drew more than 400 attendees and exhibitors, including produce farmers, artisan cheese and ice cream producers, beef and bison farmers, grocery store representatives, chefs, school nutrition directors, distributors, economic development officials, Maryland Cooperative Extension, and regional agricultural marketing officials.

The event is set for the “N” Room at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, according to the release.

Maryland growers, watermen, and processors will be charged an exhibitor’s fee of $25 to help offset the cost of the event, and there is no fee for buyers to attend. For questions or for help registering, contact Karen Fedor at (410) 841-5773 or [email protected]