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Explore KC’s growing food scene at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest Forum

Craving Kansas City, an event at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest Forum, is a conversation about creativity, community and Kansas City’s growing reputation as a dining destination with chefs Colby Garrelts, Howard Hanna, Patrick Ryan and Nick Wesemann.
Craving Kansas City, an event at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest Forum, is a conversation about creativity, community and Kansas City’s growing reputation as a dining destination with chefs Colby Garrelts, Howard Hanna, Patrick Ryan and Nick Wesemann. Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest Forum

Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest Forum, which starts Wednesday and ends Friday, explores arts, tech and culture in Kansas City. And as we all know, food is an integral part of Kansas City culture.

Here are three food-centric events scheduled for the forum. All of them take place at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion, 1601 McGee St.

Craving Kansas City: Chefs Colby Garrelts, Howard Hanna, Patrick Ryan and Nick Wesemann — all 2015 James Beard Award semifinalists — will come together at the Middle of the Map Fest Forum to talk creativity, community and the growing national reputation of Kansas City’s dining scene with Sarah Gish of Ink and Chow Town. Craving Kansas City is from 2:15-3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Local Food: Growing a Better KC: Grab a bite to eat from various food trucks and stay to hear how local food has an impact on the quality of life. The panel at 1 p.m. Friday features seven experts from the local food community, including Alex Pope of The Local Pig, Emily Akins of the KC Food Circle and John Gordon Jr. of BoysGrow.

Hungry for Technology: A discussion about why modern agriculture is crucial to meeting the growing global food demand and how farmers are using new technology to ultimately end world hunger by making food more accessible through safe and efficient farming practices. The panel is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday — click here to see the full list of speakers.

Local food lovers might also enjoy Show Me KC, an “experimental panel” of six passionate influencers who are changing Kansas City’s reputation. The panel at 3:30 p.m. Thursday includes Andy Rieger and Ryan Maybee of J. Rieger & Co. whiskey and Ali Ebright of the food and lifestyle blog gimmesomeoven.com.

Passes to Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest Forum cost $35 and are available here. View the forum’s complete schedule here.

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