Tradeshow

2018 Feast! Local Foods Marketplace Tradeshow

Friday, November 30th, 2018

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


 

The focus of the tradeshow day is the exhibitors and buyers. We also invite aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to attend educational sessions and observe the expo floor in action. Registration is also open for technical assistance "support service" providers to have a booth to facilitate networking with food businesses.

Exhibitor Application

Buyer Registration

Support Services Booth Registration

General Admission Registration

Starting at 8:00 am, the Makers' Forum offers a range of sessions, access to technical assistance booths in the Support Services Mini Expo, and plenty of opportunities for networking. Growers and foodmakers will gain information on expanding sales, accessing new markets, and scaling up their oper­ations. Buyers will get a chance to meet established, new, and up-and-coming food makers in advance of the 2018 season.

There will be a break for a networking lunch, followed by the Buyers' Expo from 1:00 - 4:30 pm.  

To cap off the day we will hold an Awards Ceremony in the Exhibit Hall from 4:30 to 5:00 pm.

 

2018 Tradeshow Schedule: Makers' Forum and Buyers' Expo

 

TIME

SESSION

SPEAKERS

 LOCATION

7:00-8:30

Exhibitor setup & registration

 

 Exhibit Hall  

8:00

Support Services mini-Expo opens

 

 Exhibit Hall 

8:30

Welcome

Feast! planners, Support Services representatives

 Exhibit Hall 

9:00

Benefits of Peer Network Groups

Coming soon

 Exhibit Hall 

9:00

A Tale of Two Branding Journeys

Coming soon

 McDonnell Room

10:00

Local Sourcing Strategies

Coming soon

 Exhibit Hall 

10:00

Pitching: at tradeshows, to buyers, for investors

Coming soon

 McDonnell Room

11:00

Buyer Panels

Coming soon

 Exhibit Hall, McDonnell Room

12:00

Networking Lunch*     Exhibit Hall

1:00-4:30

Buyers' Expo 

   Exhibit Hall 
4:30 Awards Ceremony 

 

 Exhibit Hall 

 

Entrepreneurs are encouraged to tour the Support Services Mini Expo as needed, or during the networking lunch.

For specific questions about the Tradeshow schedule, email elena@local-feast.org.

For reference, the Feast 2017 Tradeshow Program can be viewed HERE.

2018 FEAST! Awards Ceremony

To cap off our FEAST! tradeshow this year, we'll host an awards ceremony right in the exhibit hall, for guests including the food entrepreneurs, the support services attendees, the wholesale buyers across an array of marketing channels, and invited media.

FEAST! planners will offer a brief message about the status and direction of the Network, as well as introducing key partners to make additional statements about the role of local foods.

Guest speakers include Jamie Pfuhl of Minnesota Grocers Association, John Monson, Chief Mission and Marketing Officer at Compeer Financial,  Jamie Sundsbak of the Rochester Collider, and Kathy Zeman of Minnesota Farmers Market Association.

Awards will be presented for Most innovative local sourcing, Most inspiring social benefit, and Most engaging booth, plus Ready to Grow awards from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Something Special from Wisconsin™.

2018 Speaker & Consultant Bios*

*coming soon


Congratulations to the Feast 2017 Buyers' Choice award winners!

Iowa: Agri-Cultured Foods

Wisconsin: Alsum Sweet Corn

Minnesota: Grandma's Gourmets

 

And thank you to the Buyers' Choice award sponsors:

Ag Ventures Alliance, Something Special from Wisconsin (TM), and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture!

For a glimpse of the 2017 event, take a look at this gallery:

Feast! 2017 Tradeshow

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