Grillin’ for Food Gatherers: A Picnic with a Purpose June 8

Hope you will join Locavorious in supporting Food Gatherers’ annual fundraiser on Sunday, June 8.  Grillin’ aims to raise 750,000 meals for residents struggling with hunger in Washtenaw County.  Join more than 2,000 guests at this “picnic with a purpose” to help fight hunger and raise funds for Food Gatherers. Grillin’ takes place on Sunday, June 8, 3:00-8:00 PM (rain or shine) at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, located at 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road.

Grillin’ is an event for all ages with live music, kids’ activities, and a cash bar featuring Michigan microbrews and wines. Volunteers will be grilling chicken, gourmet sausages, corn, tofu dogs and veggie burgers throughout the day. Grillin’ for Food Gatherers’ menu also features side dishes and salads from nearly 50 of Ann Arbor’s best restaurants, including  corn-barley salad made and donated by us, the Locavorious kitchen crew.

Grillin’s band lineup includes the rustic pop sounds of Jake & Mary, hailing from Saline, Michigan, followed by Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful, an indie folk band with melodies that celebrate American roots music. Grillin’s longtime headliner, George Bedard and the Kingpins, will close the night with blues and rock beats. The event will be broadcast live by Grillin’ Master of Ceremonies, Martin Bandyke, and Ann Arbor’s 107one.

Guests can also look forward to more than 100 items featured in Grillin’s food-inspired silent auction including a full classic share from Locavorious. 

For every adult Grillin’ ticket purchased, Food Gatherers will provide more than 100 meals to neighbors in need. Tickets are $50 in advance for adults ($60 at the gate; $15 is goods and services), $10 for kids ages 3-13 ($5 is goods and services) and kids under 3 are free. Ticket price includes buffet, dessert and entertainment. Buy advance tickets online at or call (734) 761-2796. Tickets are also available at ticket outlets, including: Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Deli and Roadhouse; Beezy’s Café; Dexter Picture Frame Company; and Saline Picture Frame Company.

Food Gatherers is Washtenaw County’s food bank and food rescue program, distributing 5.5 million pounds of food to 150 non-profit programs serving low-income adults, seniors and children annually. Through Food Gatherers Community Kitchen, more than 100,000 plates of nutritious food are served to people in need. To date, more than 130 students have graduated from the Community Kitchen Job Training Program, a culinary training program for at-risk youth.  For a list of food donors and recipient agencies or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger locally, please visit the web at or call (734) 761-2796.


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