This Week at City Hall - Fresno Food Expo Spotlights Food Capital of the World
03/05/2012
Fresno Food Expo Will Spotlight Food Capital of the World
 
Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley will show why we’re the undisputed food capital of the world at the second annual Fresno Food Expo at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center on Thursday.
 
The Food Expo is based on a simple premise:  If we can introduce our local food companies to food buyers from across the nation and, in some cases, across the world, they would have the opportunity to make sales that will help them grow their businesses.  That is an economic development strategy that makes sense for our region.
 
We’ve seen numerous success stories from last year’s Food Expo, from the opening of a new store for a local food manufacturer to an increase in sales by 30 percent for another company.  The Food Expo also raised awareness of the high quality of our products – we’re hearing story after story of people who now go the grocery store and look for local products, particularly ones that were featured in last year’s event.

This year’s Food Expo will be bigger and better:  We expect to have more than 275 buyers from local, regional, national and international some coming from as far away as Taiwan and India.  It will have 85 food and beverage exhibitors, up from 66 last year.  And at least 20 new products will be introduced at the event.  The growth of the Expo resulted in a move from The Grand in downtown Fresno last year to the Convention Center this year.
 
The public will have the opportunity to taste and discover the Valley’s finest food products at the Food Expo on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.  Tickets priced at $40 can be purchased online at www.fresnofoodexpo.com.
 
A limited number of $30 tickets are available at the Lime Lite Restaurant, 1050 W. Shaw Ave.
 
A list of exhibitors and additional information on the Fresno Food Expo is available at www.fresnofoodexpo.com.
 
Mayor Swearengin to Participate in Kids Day
 
Mayor Ashley Swearengin will be helping to raise funds for Children’s Hospital Central California at the 25th annual Kids’ Day event on Tuesday, March 6.  Mayor Swearengin will be selling special editions of the Fresno Bee on the southwest corner of Shaw and Blackstone at about 7:30 a.m.
 
The Fresno Bee has dubbed the location “Celebrity Corner” since it includes several celebrity newspaper sellers.  Other participants include Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and three National Football League players – Richard Marshall of the Arizona Cardinals, James Sanders of the Atlanta Falcons, and Stephan Spach of the St. Louis Rams.  All played college football at Fresno State.  Local violinist Patrick Contreras also will be playing music at the corner.
 
Fresno Bee Opinion Page Editor Jim Boren and columnist Bill McEwen are the organizers of Celebrity Corner.  They and other volunteers will begin selling papers at the corner at 5 a.m.  The annual event, sponsored by the Fresno Bee and ABC 30, has raised more than $5 million for Children’s Hospital.
 
Mayor Swearengin’s Activities
 
While some of these activities outlined below are not public meetings, these are some of the issues being addressed this week by Mayor Swearengin:
  • Chairing the quarterly meeting of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley board of directors.  The Partnership is a public-private effort to address economic, environmental and social issues in the eight-county San Joaquin Valley;
  • Speaking at the Fresno Compact’s Business-Education Shareholders’ Luncheon;
  • Meeting with representatives from First 5 Fresno County to discuss the Learn2Earn adult education initiative;
  • Participating in a meeting of the PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno marketing and business committee;
  • Meeting with officials from Community Regional Medical Center to discuss issues of mutual interest;
  • Discussing issues of mutual interest with the California Restaurant Association board of directors.
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Victoria West Park
 
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Victoria West Park, 3861 E. Clinton, on Saturday, March 10.
 
In the program, volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffiti removal and other light tasks from 8 a.m. to noon.
 
Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hats, gloves and sun block and bring plenty of drinking water. Basic work tools and supplies will be provided by the City of Fresno.  Each volunteer will be required to complete a volunteer form and waiver.
 
This Week’s Meetings
 
Here are city-related meetings this week:
  • Fulton/Lowell Plan Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 2141, Monday, March 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • General Plan: Community Workshop, Vision Concepts and Guideline Principles,  McLane High School, 2727 N. Cedar, Tuesday, March 6, 6-8 p.m.
  • Planning Commission meeting, City Council Chambers, Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m.
  • City Council meeting, City Council Chambers, Thursday, March 8, 8:30 a.m.
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