BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A passport to the culinary delights of the Valley is ready. The 30 Mile Meal Second Annual Restaurant Week is coming up and several changes, including a new App for the event, are set for this year’s event.
With more than 50 partners, the 30 Mile Meal Restaurant Week offers options for everyone’s palate. During the week, participating eateries will substitute local products in existing dishes, develop special menu items that primarily use locally sourced ingredients or continue as normal if they are already sourcing locally.
“People are very interested in learning and accessing local products. Typically, they are more health conscious, more value oriented. And people are looking for an authentic and real experience,” said Jason Wilson, Director of the Governor’s Office on Appalachia.
Participants also will be given a passport to be stamped at any participating location. There are 16 slots in the passport that can be stamped throughout the year. The finished passport can be redeemed for a gift card from one of the participating businesses. Locations include restaurants, grocery stores, food festivals, farms and farmers markets.
One of the participants is the Magic Tree Pub in Boardman.
“We appreciate people that support local, so for us to be able to do it in turn with farmers and other local producers or suppliers, that gives us a very good feeling because we want people to support local, so being able to source local is awesome,” Magic Tree owner Sandy Reda said.
The 30 Mile Meal Restaurant Week is aimed at expanding food-based tourism and local foods.
“Attracting the emerging market of culinary tourists means more money spend locally on dining out and purchasing farm products, boosting the sale of local food-based businesses and becoming a key part of our economic development strategy,” said Linda Macal, executive director of the Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The 30 Mile Meal Restaurant week runs Aug. 9-16.
For more information on the 30 Mile Meal Restaurant Week and the interactive app, click here.