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Media Advisory: Governor Hogan to Host Buy Local Cookout

Governor to Recognize Buy Local Challenge Week with Cookout Featuring Local Recipes

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan will host the 12th annual Governor’s Buy Local Cookout and officially recognize Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week, which challenges Marylanders to incorporate at least one locally grown, produced or harvested product into their meals each day. Sixteen teams of local producers and chefs will prepare creative recipes for the cookout showcasing the diversity of local products available in Maryland. First Lady Yumi Hogan and Government House chefs will prepare an entrée and dessert for the cookout.

Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week is July 20-28. Buying locally preserves farmland, protects the environment, bolsters local economies, and provides nutritious, fresh food. 

More information on the Governor’s Buy Local Cookout—including previous years’ cookbooks—is available at

WHAT: Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan to host annual Governor’s Buy Local Cookout and kick-off Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week 

WHEN: Thursday, July 18; 6-8 p.m. 

WHERE: Government House, 110 State Circle, Annapolis, MD

RSVP: Media planning to attend the event should RSVP to Jason Schellhardt at 410-841-5888, OR Megan Guilfoyle at 410-841-5889,

NOTE: Event is by INVITATION ONLY and RSVP is REQUIRED for all members of the media and invited attendees to gain access to Government House. All guests must bring a photo ID with them to get into the event.

SOCIAL MEDIA NOTE: Please use #BuyLocalCookout for any coverage of the event. 


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Contact Information

If you have any questions, need additional information or would like to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jason Schellhardt
Director of Communications
Telephone: 410-841-5888

Megan Guilfoyle
Public Information Officer
Telephone: 410-841-5889