Taste of Dent County being held June 4 in Salem

                 Naturally Meramec, a consortium of agriculture, tourism and culinary businesses, in conjunction with Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is hosting a Taste of Dent County event June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dent County Courthouse Square. This event is free to the public.


                  Naturally Meramec’s Taste of County event works to showcase local agriculture, culinary and tourism businesses in the county and offer people a taste of what is available. Current vendors in attendance will include Ozark Viking Meadery LLC, Little Lamb Flower Farm, Daddy O’s Cheesesteaks, pre-packaged ice creams and snow cones with Bonnie Friese, and more. Vendor space is available. Please contact Mark Perkins at 573-265-2993 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information or a registration packet.  This event is free of charge to our Naturally Meramec Consortium members and Salem Area Chamber of Commerce food and agriculture related members. For non-members, the vendor fee is $25. If you are interested in attending other events throughout the year at a free/reduced cost, you can become a member of the Naturally Meramec Consortium for a $50 annual fee.
                  This event is being held in partnership with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of Missouri Extension Office.
                  Additional events happening on June 4 in Salem include the Salem Farmers’ Market from 7:30 to noon; the Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo from 9 a.m. to noon; First Saturday Market at the Rusty Pig, Gypsy’s Dream and Fig and Ivy from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Summerfest: Let Freedom Rock from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
                  The Naturally Meramec consortium was developed to enable businesses to work together, sell and highlight local products with marketing tools such as brochures and interactive websites. The Naturally Meramec website enables travelers to preplan visits to local consortium businesses as destinations. For more information, please contact Mark Perkins at 573-265-2993 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Naturally Meramec meetings are open to the public, and qualifying businesses can become a member for an annual fee of $50.
                  The activities of Naturally Meramec are financed in part through a USDA Farmers Market and Local Food Program grant.
                  Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. Steve Vogt, representing the city of Belle, serves as chairman of the board. A professional staff of 36 offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.