2014 Local Food Summit

Join us for Denver's largest gathering of local food producers, manufacturers, growers, retailers, and restaurateurs. This conference-style event will provide industry-specific opportunities for engagement, community-building, education, and problem-solving. At this event, we'll also announce the launch of the Colorado Food Guild, a collaborative project to bring together all aspects of the food system to support a healthy food economy.(see our full agenda here!)

Attendee registration includes access to a full day of panel discussions and workshops, a locally-curated lunch, attendance at the Local Food Producers Hall, as well as our evening reception, featuring locally sourced beer, wine and spirits. Register now for just $45 standard or $35 for Mile High Business Alliance Members! (not a member yet? join us!)

Building on Last Year's Summit

In 2013, nearly 500 local food businesses and community leaders gathered in Denver to deepen the connections that build a local food system. Check out a few highlights from last year's event in this video:

Keynote Speaker: Judy Wicks

Judy Wicks

Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur, activist and author working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally based economy. Her memoir Good Morning, Beautiful Business: the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer was published in March 2013. Judy is founder of Philadelphia’s landmark White Dog Café known for its environmental stewardship and leadership in the local food movement. She also founded several non-profits including Fair Food Philly and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, and cofounded the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), a network of 30,000 local independent businesses in 80 communities.  In 2009, Judy sold the White Dog through a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers and fair trade purveyors, composting and using renewable energy.

More can be found at www.judywicks.com

Who Should Attend?

This event is especially designed for participants in Colorado's food economy. This includes producers, ranchers, distributors, policy makers, food financiers, retailers, restaurateurs and chefs. If your business or organization is directly working on providing food to Coloradans, then the Local Food Summit is for you.

Why attend?
  • Network with farmers, ranchers, restaurateurs, local markets and policy makers
  • Conference-style program to build connections between all links in the local food chain.
  • Enjoy local food and drink at our Local Food hall, featuring local food sampling from brewers, bakers, coffee roasters and other local food producers.
Register now!

2014 Summit Details

Date: Monday, March 3, 2014

Time: Registration at 9:00 am. Sessions are 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Location: McNicols Civic Center Building

144 W Colfax Ave.

Denver, CO 80202

Registration: $45 standard, $35 MHBA member. All registration is $10 more at the door. Registration is limited to 450 attendees. Reserve your seat now!


Venue Map


Interested in volunteering? In exchange for a 3-hour volunteer shift, we’ll welcome you to participate in the Local Food Summit throughout the rest of the day for no fee. Please email liz@milehighbiz.org if you’re interested in this opportunity. Volunteer slots are limited, and subject to availability. 

Summit Sessions

You can view a complete list of sessions and the schedule for the day here. Thanks to the more than 25 community organizations and leaders who submitted applications!

A Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Farm Level Sponsors

Denver Office of Sustainability Grower's Organic  
McNichols Building Whole Foods Market  

Garden Level Sponsors

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Moye White Maxfield's Organics
HSUS Eat Denver
Door to Door Organics Ranch Foods Direct  Source Local Foods
Loco Food Distribution 


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