Thanks for joining us for the 2018 Farmer+Chef Connection!
We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s event.


The 9th Annual Farmer+Chef Connection is the state’s only all-local expo showcasing locally-grown and produced food.

Exhibitors can market their products and buyers can find new ones for their restaurants, kitchens, groceries, or cafeterias.



Who Should Attend:

  • Arizona-based, wholesale-ready Farmers, Food Artisans, Ranchers, Dairymen, Winemakers, Brewers, and others!

  • Chefs & Restaurateurs

  • Grocery Purchasers & Marketing Managers

  • Food Distributors

  • Small & Large-Scale Food Institution Buyers

  • Industry professionals with the desire to network in the local food sphere


What To Expect:


Buyers & Attendees

Food buyers will experience a casual expo of Arizona-made food and food products.

Buyers will be able to sample products and build relationships with those who make food in our state to meet the growing demand for local foods, as well as identify current trends in our food industry.

Exhibitors & Producers

Food producers of all kinds will experience an organized event where they can showcase their products to a diverse array of professionals in charge of purchasing food for their business, organization, or institution. 

Producers will be able to build relationships with industry colleagues and potential clients.

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Farmer + Chef 2018 Agenda

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

brought to you by Bar and Restaurant Insurance

After the expo, join us for a more casual networking session over some locally-made beers and Arizona food. Come to the nearby Helio Basin Brewing, where your first two drinks will be courtesy of event sponsor Bar and Restaurant Insurance and the brewmasters at Helio Basin Brewing. Grab a bite to eat as you wrap up your discussions from the day's transactions and experience Arizona's craft beer from one of the best breweries in the state. Entry to the reception is included in the price of a Vendor Package or General Admission ticket.


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We have attended every Farmer + Chef Connection since the beginning and it just keeps getting better and better (and better!). It is the outstanding AZ food community gathering event of the year and we look forward to continuing to grow with it.
— David Heininger, Black Mesa Ranch
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Farmer + Chef Connection was a great event for us, especially because we are on both the buying AND selling side. We made a lot of new connections, we discovered some great Arizona products we hope to use in our chocolates and we picked up some new wholesale accounts as well. Connections + Buying + Selling = A triple win for us!
— Jim and Maureen Elitzak, Zak’s Chocolate

See our 2018 Exhibitors:


Farmer + Chef is an annual event that is hosted in a different city each year, stay tuned for next year’s location!

Our 2018 Venue:

El Zaribah Shrine

552 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008

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Sustainability at Farmer+Chef Connection: Local First Arizona works hard to decrease the environmental impact of this event.
We strive to first reduce the amount of waste created, and then recycle & compost acceptable materials to reduce the amount that goes to the landfill.

Volunteer at Farmer+Chef Connection in 2019! Email us to learn more about volunteering with Local First Arizona.


Thank you to our 2018 sponsors for investing in our strong local food economy!