About The Show
A BREAKTHROUGH FOOD TASTING AND ART ADVENTURE
WellVentions students are hosting their third Edible Expo inside the Rochester Home and Garden Show on March 25th and 26th, 2017. Our teens will work with local food brands, restaurants, designers, event planners, and production professionals to develop and produce a HEALTHY food sampling and art showcase event, providing them opportunities to build their networks, explore career options, and train in business and life skills. This exciting indoor bazaar will feature healthy tastings, edible landscapes, food inspired fashion and art, exhibits, competitions, and heath topics presented in an "edutainment" style.
A COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY SHOWCASE
WellVentions produces Edible Expo to facilitate collaboration between local social entrepreneurs, non-profits, businesses, and the community to create low cost marketing and promotional support that exposes small business and charities to a wider audience. Over 50 artisans, fashion designers, chefs, restaurants, specialty food brands, non-profits, and business professionals are participating this year.
- 3-4 bicycle powered blenders sponsored by the Conke Cruisers will blend fruit frappe samples from Timbucha Kombucha. A rotation of local media personalities and politicians will be challenged to cycle, powering the blenders for sampling. Ask the Razor Sharks as they cycle for free tickets to their games!
- Performance painting by Mark Groaning – Mark's art will be completed behind one of our regions finest Sushi Chefs, as he finishes the painting on site at the show in a space to the right.
- 15 LED lit truss structures will be planted with herb gardens, come back at show closing on Sunday and receive a free herb plant!
- View Michael Tombs exhibit highlighting Rochester's rich history of botanical art and printing, and how these roots laid a foundation for Rochester’s imaging economy.
JOB READY TRAINING
WellVentions teens will host this vintage style indoor market to sell their specialty food products alongside other local food vendors. As the show is developed and produced, youth in our program become integrated into the broader community and learn event planning, programming, and production skills from local specialists. Vendors and sponsors at the show hire our teens, they make commissions on sales, and showcase their accomplishments. Proceeds from their sales also support their after-school entrepreneurship training.
A larger event is planned for 2018, showcasing the full breadth of our region's food-based economy with an expanded offering of regional brands, cafes, food themed art and fashion, edible gardens and edutainment.