Light City is a week-long festival of light, music, and innovation in Baltimore, MD that started just last year in 2016. This year’s event included six local conferences called Labs, with each intended to spark social change in a unique social area.
We were delighted to be one of twenty-five local entrepreneurs chosen to participate in The Food Lab Twilight Event: Cureate #MadeInBaltimore Food Innovators Happy Hour, which was the culmination of a day filled with engaging, inspiring speakers and events. What was the focus of the happy hour? To help small, local food and beverage innovators connect with larger business opportunities.
The event was organized to give it the feel of a small market, with over 400 participants meandering through tables set-up to showcase the products of participating vendors. We’re excited to say that our jams, jellies, and preserves – served in small tartlets – were an enormous hit, and we truly appreciated the chance to meet so many movers and shakers in the Baltimore-area food and drinks scene.
Our favorite part of the event, though, was finally getting to meet the other small business owners that we’ve heard of through the fairly close-knit community of local food and drink entrepreneurs. Being able to share how much we love each other’s products was a real boost.
The outcome? The hard work and planning truly paid off – several new retailers expressed an interest in stocking our handmade products, and even more people are beginning to recognize Neat Nick Preserves by name!
We’re grateful to have been included in such an exclusive event with other exceptional vendors. Thanks, Food Lab at Light City!