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Variety Showcase 2023

Please join us for an engaging evening of conversation, learning, and tasting brought to you by the Culinary Breeding Network and the Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming.

This public event is designed to build community among plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, bakers, distillers, retailers, distributors and consumers interested in the local food system. Attendees will have a unique experience of tasting new and in-development vegetable, fruit, and grain cultivars. They can engage in conversation, share opinions, and take part in breaking down the walls between eaters and breeders. Our 2023 Variety Showcase will have a special emphasis on culinary grains including wheat, rye, oats, barley, and corn. Come learn, taste, and engage!

“At this event, the curtain is pulled back,” says Culinary Breeding Network Director Lane Selman. “Attendees are introduced to the wizards making critical decisions before our farmers plant their seeds. It’s a unique chance to network, build community and meet the plant breeders creating flavorful varieties for organic farmers.”

Additional beverages will be available for purchase from Nine Pin Cider.

All ticket holders are invited to join our afterparty, immediately following the showcase, featuring vegetable, fruit, and grain-inspired drag performances from the fabulous Haus of Peculiar.

Tickets are available at a sliding scale from $50-$125.

We strongly encourage those who are able to pay more to do so, increasing access to the event for all of our neighbors. Ticket sales are an important resource that enables us to bring the Variety Showcase to our region.

We have a “no one turned away for lack of funds” policy. If you are facing a financial barrier , please contact us and we will work with you to ensure you can attend the event.

This event is partially funded by the USDA-NIFA-OREI project Value-Added Grains for Local and Regional Food Systems II and brought to you by Glynwood’s Grains & Staples program.


Lane Selman, Culinary Breeding Network |

Glynwood Grains & Staples |