Charcuterie boards have been around for centuries but it wasn't until a few years ago when it became the next big food trend, and it's expanded beyond just meat and cheese. The textures, the colors, the options, and the flavors... what's not to love about them?

If on your free time you happen to make your own charcuterie board, or maybe you just enjoy eating them, consider signing up for the first Charcuterie Challenge next week at the Kentwood Farmers Market.

The competition will be held Thursday, August 12 from 4-4:30 p.m. Organizers are looking for five people to go head to head in creating the best and tastiest charcuterie board. Competitors will be given $25 to buy ingredients from the various vendors at the farmers market. Then they'll have 30 minutes to put their board together. The boards will be displayed between 5:30p-7:30p where the public can view and vote for their favorite. A prize package will be awarded to the winner.

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If you're interested in participating, you have until August 9th to apply here. You'll be notified if chosen on the 10th.

Those attending the market that day can visit 12 vendors, enjoy live music from 6p-7p, and two food trucks will be on site.

The Kentwood Farmers Market runs every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until August 26th behind city hall.

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Did you know this week is National Farmers Market Week? If you're visiting this Thursday, take a selfie, post it to social media, and tag Kentwood Farmers Market to win a free t-shirt or bag from the market. Over 20 vendors are scheduled this week and popular Michigan band, The Accidentals, will take the stage at 7 p.m.

The most recent updates are made on their Facebook page.

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