Festival news Update - Fifth Week of October 2014


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JOIN THE GREATEST CELEBRATION OF HOMEGROWN LOCAL FOOD SINCE VICTORY GARDENS

Just hours now until FEAST! Festival hosts this area’s greatest landmark food celebration -- since when? Perhaps ever!

Cue your GPS of choice to the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN, Sunday, November 2. Festival opens at 10 a.m. Closes at 5 p.m. with plenty of tasty highlights for all ages every minute in between. Tickets just $5 online or at the door, children $2. Adults can add a $25 wristband to sample local spirits (valid ID required). Bring family and friends and quench your hunger and curiosity about foods grown or made right here in our area. Come taste, celebrate! 

Want more info? Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and use #LocalFeast to keep in touch!

FEAST! FESTIVAL FORECAST – THE BIG DAY’S EVENTS, NOW HOURS AWAY:

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Heath Glen Organic Farm is a small family business producing artisanal preserves using fresh-picked pesticide-free and herbicide-free produce. The farm features five acres of berries, herbs and vegetables surrounded by orchards, woodland and wetland. Fruits of Heath Glen are harvested at their peak, then paired with liqueurs and wines to achieve dazzling flavor sensations. Heath Glen small-batch preserves, syrups and shrubs are sell-outs at the St. Paul and Mill City Farmer's Markets.


FEAST! BAND MASTER'S PICK OF LIVE MUSIC 

Expect great music on tap all day at Feast! 

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Four live groups play throughout the event. Who can say which is the most outstanding? ‘They all are!’ insists our anonymous band maestro planner. Kick-off with Ditch Lilies, of course. You’ll love I Like You playing 11:30 – 1:00. Patty & the Buttons preach a gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. And Maritza takes local food lovers on home with their repertoire of evocatively beautiful melodies forged in the passions of European and Russian history – lively wedding horas and frailachs, Gypsy (Romany) music, and twisting rhythmic line dance tunes from Bulgaria, Romania. An all-day Feast! for local ears.

 

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Don’t miss the Feast! organizers exhibit. Make way to booths 48 & 68 where you’ll learn the amazing tale behind Feast! Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) of Owatonna  a 28-year-old non-profit whose mission is to revitalize the rural economy – and Renewing the Countryside (RTC), a 12-year-old non-profit that advocates for a just, sustainable and vibrant countryside. The two organizations realized the great potential for bolstering both economic and food access needs by joining forces with several other organizations and agencies, collaboratively launching: Feast!

Join the Feast! mailing list to keep ahead of local food happenings – you’ll be entered in a drawing for yet another opportunity to win your own Minnesota Homegrown Cookbook.



• SPREAD THE WORD ON SUNDAY

Tweet about your favorite local food find at the Feast! Festival using #LocalFeast and find us at @Local_Feast or Feast! Local Food Network on Facebook.


A HEARTY SALUTE TO THE MANY PARTNERS WHO ARE HELPING MAKE FEAST! HAPPEN:

PREMIER PARTNERS – see the list of Feast! sponsors, contributors, & supporters.

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SPONSORS
Center for Prevention - Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hormel Foods Corporation, AgStar Financial Services, Kwik Trip Incorporated, Seneca Foods Corporation, University of MN - Rochester - Regional Sustainable Development, Living Greens Farm, Just Food Community Coop, Cannon Falls EDA, Organic Valley, Region 9, auri, Omsted County Public Health, Carleton College, Hy-Vee NCR-SARE, Channel One Regional Food Bank, Dodge County EDA, Winona County EDA, MISA,  USDA - Rural Development, Bluff Country Food Co-op, Carleton College, Oneota Community Food Co-op, Saint Peter Food Coop, Kalona Organics, Minnesota Cup, People's Food Co-op

See you there!

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