Cooking Demonstration Series at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market Features Local Chefs

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June 6, 2018 - ​The third Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., May through October, are sure to be crowd pleasers at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market (315 Detroit St.). In partnership, edible WOW magazine and local food marketing agency Taste the Local Difference have created a cooking demonstration series that focuses on products local farmers bring to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.

During the event, Ann Arbor chefs perform cooking demos using seasonal ingredients from the market's own vendors. The market crowds can meet the chefs and learn how to create delicious recipes using local ingredients from the market. Tastings are included with each demonstration.

Chefs scheduled to be featured for the rest of the series are: 

  • Chef Nic Simms of the Jefferson Market, Wednesday, June 20.

  • Chef Bob Bennet of Zingerman's Roadhouse, Wednesday, July 18.

  • Chef Maggie Long of Jolly Pumpkin, Wednesday, Aug. 15.

  • Chef Ji Hye of Miss Kim's Korean Restaurant, Wednesday, Sept. 19. Hye also kicked off the series in May, sharing her secrets for making fresh kimchi.

  • Chef Joel Panozzo of The Lunch Room and Detroit Street Filling Station, Wednesday, Oct. 17.

In addition, Roos Roast Coffee will be on site providing free samples of their coffee specially chosen to compliment the chef's dish that day. A drawing will also be held for guests that includes a variety of items from the chefs, vendors and sponsors.

“It is important to the values of edible WOW that we provide opportunities through events such as this for the market goers. These events enhance their experience at the market by sharing the expertise of the local area chefs in a unique setting," said Robb Harper, publisher of edible WOW.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Ann Arbor Farmers Market Manager Stephanie Willette at or 734.794.6255.

Interested? Learn more — and share your interest in attending — on the event's Facebook page by visiting ​

Be sure to also check out the Ann Arbor Farmers Market — the app,; online,; or visit the market's Facebook page,

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About edible WOW  Magazine

Edible WOW Magazine is a guide to the local foodshed in southeast Michigan. The magazine has been telling the stories of southeast Michigan farmers, food and beverage artisans, bakers, brewers and chefs for nearly 10 years. Their coverage area started with Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties — that's where the “WOW" comes from — but the area has since expanded to include all of southeast Michigan. Unlike traditional food magazines, edible WOW skips the highly personal food reviews and instead focuses on the food producers, believing that the farmer is as important as the chef, the bartender is as interesting as the brewer, and the local people who are changing the food system should be as famous as the Detroit Tigers. Learn more at ​

About Taste the Local Difference

Taste the Local Difference is Michigan's local food marketing agency, committed to offering affordable marketing services to the state's farms, farmers markets and other local food businesses. TLD educates consumers and promotes the importance of local food and agriculture to help the entire state realize the economic, social, environmental benefits of local food. Learn more at ​

About Ann Arbor Farmers Ma​rket

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is a producers-only market dedicated to bringing fresh, local food to the city of Ann Arbor. Visit Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.–3 p.m., May through December, and Saturdays, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., December through April. A part of City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation, the market hosts over 120 vendors and receives roughly 13,000 visitors a day during the summer months. Founded in 1919, the market is home to many multigenerational farms and has been serving the community for 99 years at 315 Detroit St. Learn more and follow the market on Facebook at​​

Contact Information

Stephanie Willette
Ann Arbor Farmers Market Manager

Ann Arbor has 119,000 residents, spans 28.9 square miles and is frequently recognized as a foremost place to live, learn, work, thrive and visit. To keep up with City of Ann Arbor information, subscribe for email updates, follow us on Twitter or become a city fan on Facebook. The city's mission is to deliver exceptional services that sustain and enhance a vibrant, safe and diverse community.