Finger Lakes Cork & Fork Cancelled for 2014
On behalf of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce (FLC&F host organization), we regret to inform you that the 2014 Finger Lakes Cork & Fork has been cancelled. We greatly appreciate your previous support for the event and apologize for any inconvenience that this decision may have created for you. Although our planning committee made the tough decision to cancel the event for 2014, it is our intention to utilize the coming months in order to identify additional resources and explore the viability of bringing the event back for 2015.
Over the last four years, the Finger Lakes Cork & Fork has proven to be a very successful endeavor. That success, however, has come at a price – as the event quickly outgrew its organizational structure. The original event was created more than five years ago (by the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce) as a way to promote the area’s diverse agricultural industry – with an emphasis on both food and beverage. Since then, the event grew into a regional showcase – featuring vendors from all 14 counties in the vast Finger Lakes region. It attracted sponsors from across the country and welcomed visitors from throughout the world. It simply became unmanageable for the Chamber’s full-time staff of five.
As our event’s size grew, so too did its mission. Our goals expanded to include education, economic development and charitable giving. Organizers were no longer tasked with simply “finding” vendors, they were also being asked to plan educational seminars, spur networking opportunities to develop strategic business partnerships and create programming to help fight hunger in the region. Planning the event became a year-long process for both its logistics, and, its staffing – requiring a small “army” of more than 150 volunteers.
We are proud of our accomplishments, having received numerous awards such as: “The Sustainable Tompkins Award,” gubernatorial designation as a “regionally significant event”, ranked as a “top three Rochester-area food and drink event” and winner of the 2012 “Best Finger Lakes Food Event.” These accolades, as well as others, helped establish certain expectations that factored into our evaluation regarding the ability to meet or exceed these barometers given our current resources.
We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in the future. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce at (315) 568-2906 or email email@example.com