Food vendors and producers from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, along with notable chefs like Bryan Voltaggio, will gather in Baltimore in April for a two-day food market called The Emporiyum.
Joining Baltimore-based companies like Kinderhook Snacks, Woodberry Pantry, Mouth Party Caramels and Hex Ferments at The Emporiyum are specialty food vendors from Washington like Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Gordy’s Pickle Jar and Luke’s Lobster.
Some vendors are coming from farther away. Bittermilk, a maker of “hand-crafted cocktail mixer compounds” is based in Charleston, S.C., and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is the pride of Columbus, Ohio.
The Emporiyum, which is scheduled for April 26 and 27, is inspired by the popularity of New York-based events like Smorgasburg, a weekly market held in Brooklyn, and Paper magazine’s annual Super(Duper)Market. Such events not only provide a marketplace for established vendors but act as proving grounds for newcomers and for restaurant-based chefs like Voltaggio.