ANN ARBOR – Food Gatherers’ picnic with a purpose will return next month for its 30th year. Featuring family-friendly food, fun, and music, Grillin’ is a community event that raises funds to help Food Gatherers deliver 14,500 meals a day to adults, seniors and children who struggle with food insecurity in Washtenaw County.
Grillin’ takes place June 9th, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM, rain or shine, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, located at 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
Guests will enjoy a robust feast of grilled gourmet sausages and corn, vegetarian fare, and the return of fan-favorite paella by SavCo Hospitality. The feast this year also includes a kraut station from The Brinery, vegan sausages from Fresh Thyme, white bean salad from Casey’s Tavern, beer from Salt Springs Brewery, gourmet pizza served by Silvio’s Organic Ristorante e Pizzeria, Blueberry Buckle from Zingerman’s Bakehouse, and myriad other donations from more than thirty food and beverage businesses.
Local artists will provide hours of music for the event, including the blues and rock stylings of George Bedard and the Kingpins; Hullabaloo’s blend of rock, ska, Afro-Carribean, and other genres; Amy Petty’s classical music inspired folk-rock; and folk and blues tunes from Abigail Stauffer. Guests can also view a new ten minute video being shown all day, detailing Food Gatherers’ impact and work with other non-profits in the community.
In addition to music and food, Grillin’ features kids’ activities hosted by the Hands-On Museum, complimentary massages by Body Wisdom Massage, a photo booth, and more. In between activities, guests can bid on silent auction and raffle items, ranging from tickets see the Tigers play the White Sox to a 13-week CSA farm share from Tantré Farm.
All proceeds from Grillin’ go directly to support Food Gatherers’ mission of fighting hunger in Washtenaw County. One in seven Washtenaw County residents does not have enough to eat on a regular basis, and each adult ticket purchased for Grillin’ provides 150 meals to the community.
Adult tickets are $75 in advance, and $85 at the door. Kid tickets are $10, and kids under 3 get in free. Community members can buy tickets at www.foodgatherers.org/grillin, or call Food Gatherers at 734-761-2796.
About Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers’ mission is to alleviate hunger in Washtenaw County. As the food bank and food rescue program for the county, we distribute more than 6.3 million pounds of food to 170 non-profit programs serving approximately 44,500 low-income adults, seniors and children every year. For a list of our partner programs or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger locally, please visit www.foodgatherers.org or call (734) 761-2796.