Daleville Town Center is expected to be a busy place Friday evening during  the second Taste of the Roanoke Valley Food Expo.

The Expo runs from 4-8 p.m. and will feature any number of locally-grown and produced foods—from fresh veggies to creamery ice cream.

The area Virginia Cooperative Extension Service offices are sponsoring the Food Expo on cooperation with Botetourt County Parks, Recreation & Tourism and a number of businesses and producers.

Those attending will have the opportunity to taste the freshness and flavor of locally grown food with samples of locally produced, in-season fruits, vegetables, beef, pork, lamb and poultry.

Tickets are $3 each (children 12 and under free with paying adult) and are available by calling the Botetourt Extension Office at 473-8260 or at the Expo.

Additional events throughout the day include cooking demonstrations; interactions with local food producers; educational sessions about food preservation, fall gardening, and more; plus live music.

The Food Expo will also feature a chef’s challenge where local chefs are challenged to prepare entrées with local foods.

Sponsors and vendors include producers from the Botetourt Family Farm’s: Hillbilly Heaven, Ellen Morrow, & Molly Coffee Company. Vinton Farmers Market, Good Earth Products, BeanHead Produce, Baylee’s Best Chocolate, Morris Farm, Mountain View Farm Products, Fincastle Winery, Creekside Creations, Murray Cider, Fincastle 4-H Club, Caldwell Mountain Copper,

Virginia Mountain Vineyard, Homestead Creamery, Ann’s Apple Butter, The Bank of Fincastle, Botetourt Parks and Recreation, Fralin and Waldron’s Daleville Town Center, Botetourt Farm Bureau, Roanoke Farm Bureau, Bella Magazine, Ikenberry Orchards, Creative Events of Virginia,

Southern States Troutville Co-Op, Peaks of Otter Winery, Botetourt Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Roanoke Fruit and Produce, Jamison’s Orchard, Charlie Woods, Beahm Farm, Cave Hill Dairy, Craig Creek Gardens, Blue Ridge Vineyard, Botetourt County,  Buffalo Creek Beef, Southeast Dairy Association,

MarvaMaid, Pet Dairy, United Dairy, Farm Credit, Farm Service Agency, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op, Produce Source Partners, Roanoke Fruit and Produce, U.S. Foodservice, VT’s West End Market, Professional Communications, Mountain Castles Soil & Water, Blue Ridge Soil & Water, Town of Troutville “Friends of the Park,” Big Pine Trout Farm and Chestnut Grove Farm.

The Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke offices of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) have teamed up with the many sponsors to host the event.