Grillin’ for Food Gatherers: A Picnic with a Purpose set for June 30 


Mighty Tomato, Super Carrot and Wonder Corn: Super hero vegetables are the theme for the 29th annual Grillin’ for Food Gatherers,  a community picnic for the whole family. Grillin’ features live music, food from more than 30 local food purveyors, beer and wine, a silent auction and raffle, and plenty of activities for kids.

The event is from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 (rain or shine) at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor.

Local bands will create an eclectic soundtrack for the event: blues and rock beats by George Bedard and the Kingpins; acoustic hip hop/indie folk by Nadim Azzam; jazz, folk and contemporary tunes for ukulele by singer Magdalen Fossom; plus old-time folk and bluegrass favorites with warm vocal arrangements by Dan and the Harmony Grits. Ann Arbor’s 107one will broadcast the event live with Grillin’s Master of Ceremonies, Martin Bandyke.

Guests can feast on gourmet grilled sausages, delectable side dishes and desserts from favorite local food purveyors including Zingerman’s, Grange Kitchen & Bar, Frita Batidos, The Earle, The Brinery, and more. They can also choose from a unique selection of regional microbrews like Short’s or Lagunitas or sip a glass of wine while perusing the food-inspired silent auction! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available, too.

Bring kids to activities hosted by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, a free photo booth, lawn games, and face painting.

Grillin’ combines fun with a serious mission: fighting hunger where we live. The event raises awareness and support for Food Gatherers’ food rescue program and food bank. Funds raised from Grillin’ enable the organization to distribute the equivalent of nearly 15,000 meals per day to 44,500 adults, seniors and children struggling with hunger.

Ticket prices are $75 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3-13 (kids under 3 get in free). They include buffet, dessert and entertainment. Each adult ticket sold provides 150 meals and each kid ticket provides 15 meals to people who need food. At the gate, adult tickets will sell for $85 and kid tickets for $10.

Purchase tickets in advance online at or by phone at (734) 761-2796. Tickets also can be purchased at Zingerman’s Bakehouse and Deli, Bookbound Bookstore, and Saline Picture Frame Company.

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Food Gatherers is the food rescue program and food bank for Washtenaw County, distributing 6.5 million pounds of food to 170 non-profit programs serving close to 44,500 low-income adults, seniors and children annually. Food Gatherers’ direct service programs include the Community Kitchen, Community Kitchen Job Training, Healthy School Pantry, and Summer Food Service. More than 6,500 people volunteer for Food Gatherers each year. For 14 consecutive years, Food Gatherers has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

For a list of food donors and recipient programs, or to learn how to become involved, visit or call (734) 761-2796.


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