In it's fourth year, the Buy Local Bash has grown exponentially. The first year there were ten participants and 60 guests. Last year, 33 businesses took part and 800 turned out for the event. This year they'll double that with 70 vendors participating.
Syracuse First Executive Director, Chris Fowler, says the growth speaks highly of the buy local movement.
"It's really a nice reflection of people understanding what this local movement is about and wanting to support," says Fowler.
Vegan friendly restaurant,LoFo, has participated in the buy local bash for the past three years, but this is the first time since opening their Downtown location.
This year, Owner Abigail Henson, will be featuring signature dishes like the cauli-wing, which is a vegan chicken wing.
"I just love the vibe and each year it gets increasingly more interesting, more engaging and more involved," says Henson.
With its indoor location at the MOST in the heart of Armory Square, they expect this year to be the biggest event yet.
"This movement and this organization and this event have a real transformative quality. We all love this community and we want it to be the best community it can be," says Fowler.