2019 Conference

Extension Pre-Conference

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Carolina Meat Conference

Sunday, October 6th -Monday October 7th
NEW: Conference Pairs with Farm to Fork Picnic in the Garden!


*NEW* Location

Marriott Charlotte City Center

in Downtown Charlotte!



The NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference supports a growing community committed to advancing market opportunities and increasing customer access to pasture-based meats. Farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convene for over two-days of unparalleled networking, hands-on training, and technical and business assistance.

Plus, for the first time ever…


The Carolina Meat Conference partners with Farm to Fork Picnic in the Garden! A Carolina Meat Conference ticket automatically buys you admission to the Farm to Fork Picnic in the Garden, or what Bon Appetit Magazine called “The Country's Best All-You-Can-Eat Feast!”

Join us as we merge two nationally recognized local food events for a jam-packed weekend of hands-training coupled with amazing food.

Conference participants will join over 300 other local food lovers for a dinner picnic feast that includes a lineup of some of our best culinary professionals and local farms. Farm to Fork Picnic in the Garden tickets can also be purchased separately on the Farm to Fork Picnic in the Garden website for those not attending the Carolina Meat Conference. Stay tuned for more details.



NC Choices

NC Choices, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, in collaboration with NC Cooperative Extension,promotes sustainable food systems through the advancement of the local, niche and pasture-based meat supply chain in North Carolina.



Women local food leaders are on the rise and the local meat sector is no exception. Check out ways NC Choices is supporting female local meat entrepreneurs.

The conference has been absolutely critical to our business concept, strategy, implementation, support system, networking, supply chain, processor relations and marketing.