I was invited by Kroger to attend their "Discover Local" event. All opinions are my own.
Living in Michigan, I have the opportunity to enjoy lots of local products that are made right here in the Mitten State. Michigan is home to the Cherry Capital of the World (Traverse City), plenty of popular breweries like Founders Brewing Co., and Dearborn Sausage Co. No matter what types of food you like, you can find great products - ranging from locally grown fruits and vegetables to snacks like potato chips and pickles - from every corner of Michigan.
Back on August 11, I was invited to Kroger's Discover Local event which highlighted several Michigan-made products and suppliers. The event took place in Royal Oak at the new Kroger Marketplace store. If you haven’t been to a Kroger Marketplace store, you should definitely find a way to visit one. In addition to all of the great grocery products you know and love, Kroger carries home goods, clothes, healthy and beauty supplies and more in these expansive store locations.
For the Discover Local event, I took my sister with me and we were able to walk around the store and sample products from a variety of Michigan businesses. One of the great things about Kroger is that they carry a lot of different local products, so you can always find a great selection no matter what you're looking for and, in this case, if you live in Michigan you can support local companies that are owned and operated right here in the Great Lakes state.
Before the event officially kicked off, we were given a rundown of what to expect from Kroger's Corporate Affairs Manager, Rachel. She explained why Kroger was hosting this event and gave us the inside scoop on the types of vendors we'd be seeing throughout the store. After a brief introduction and a group photo, we were ready to explore the Kroger Marketplace store some more and sample products from brands like Sanders, Better Made, Faygo and Zingerman's.
I can be pretty picky when it comes to food, but I liked every single thing that I sampled at the Kroger Discover Local event. There were so many options to choose from while we were walking around the store, so I was excited to try a bunch of different products. The best part about sampling events like this one is that you literally get to sample the food or drinks before you buy them. I love doing that because then it allows me to make up my own mind and determine if I'd like to purchase the product in the future.
I’m a huge fan of Bumpy Cake, so my favorite station was the Sanders one. Sanders handed out slices of Chocolate Fudge Bumpy Cake (Chocolate Fudge Bumpy Cake is made with rich Devil's food cake and topped with rich buttercream bumps before being draped in delicious fudge icing) topped with Bumpy Cake Ice Cream. I didn’t even know Bumpy Cake Ice Cream existed, but now it’s safe for me to say that it’s my new favorite.
I also really enjoyed the Zingerman’s station. You might remember that I mentioned Zingerman’s as a great place to visit if you ever find yourself in the Ann Arbor area. At the Discover Local event, Zingerman's was highlighting their potato chips and flavored peanuts. I was an instant fan of their French Gray Sea Salt Potato Chips. They were delicious and had the perfect amount of crunch.
In addition to cake and chips, there were also several healthy products to try out including Jen's Gourmet Dressings salad dressing, pure Michigan honey from T.M. Klein and Sons, organic unsweetened applesauce from Omena Organics and more.
One of the things that I loved the most about this event was the opportunity to meet and mingle with other bloggers and influencers from the Metro Detroit area. Kroger has a great pulse on the southeast Michigan foodie scene and I quickly recognized many of the bloggers and influencers that attended the event. As a blogger, I love seeing how a great brand like Kroger can bring content creators together.
In addition to exploring the Kroger Marketplace store and sampling a bunch of different “made in Michigan” products, each blogger/influencer was sent home with a goodie bag stuffed with foods and drinks from vendors that participated in the event. I’m not kidding when I tell you that the bag was filled to the top and weighed about 10 pounds – Kroger and the Made in Michigan companies were extremely generous to gift each blogger/influencer with a bag of goodies to take home and enjoy.
When I got home, I immediately went through my goodie bag and tried to decide what to eat first. From Pop Daddy popcorn to beer from Royal Oak Brewing Company, I was able to stock my pantry and my refrigerator with some yummy new snacks and drinks thanks to Kroger.
Have you heard of any of the brands or products that I mentioned in this post? Do you have Kroger stores in your area? I’d love to know, so leave me a comment below.