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ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 19, 2017) – Governor Larry Hogan announced today the 22 recipes that will be featured at the 10th Annual Buy Local Cookout, which celebrates Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week, July 22-30, and encourages all Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown, made or harvested product each day. The cookout, which be hosted by Governor Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan, will be held at Government House on Thursday, July 20.

“The Buy Local Cookout is a great opportunity to showcase the many businesses that support our farmers through buying local – from grocery store chains, to distributors, restaurants and institutions,” said Governor Hogan. “Buying local gives consumers fresher, more nutritious and better-tasting food, and it helps to keep Maryland’s agricultural industry strong, diverse and sustainable. I thank all of the talented chefs who submitted recipes this year.”

Earlier this year, Governor Hogan invited teams of local chefs and producers to submit original recipes that highlight the diversity of Maryland products. Some 45 recipes were submitted; and 19 were selected. First Lady Yumi Hogan and Government House chefs will provide an entrée and dessert for the cookout.

Recipes were selected based on availability of ingredients, geographic representation, maximum use of local ingredients and creativity. This year also features recipes by student chefs from Annapolis High School, Northeast High School, Anne Arundel Community College, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the Universities at Shady Grove.