8 Tips for getting the most out of FEAST!

Here are 8 tips for getting the most out of FEAST!

We can't wait to see you for the 10th annual FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace on November 4th—did you get your tickets yet?



1. Fill your FEAST! bag! 

The first 1,000 guests will receive this awesome commemorative canvas bag, perfect for loading with local food + drink finds

When it gets heavy, stroll out to the new BAG CHECK in the lobby to have us safely stow it while you continue shopping and enjoying the fest

Tip the scales & win! We'll weigh the bags as they're dropped off—get your name on the leader board, you could win a limited edition local foods tee!

2. Catch the demos

We've got a great setup for the cooking demo stage this year, with plenty of chairs, a sound system, and an emcee to bring things all together. Click the link below to see the demo schedule so you don't miss your faves! 


3. Kids' Area! 

Seed games, like seed matching from Rochester Councilmember Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick

Veggie samples, stickers & recipe ideas, hosted by Mayo Clinic dietetic interns

Veggie Grand Prix racetrack, face painting, book area + more


4. Preview the Vendors

Check out the main directory here and the craft alcohol directory here.

What amazing treats will you find at FEAST!?

Pictured here:
Spice up your breakfast with Here's the Deal "127 Blend" on eggs, and Organic Wing Blend for some "sweet & heat" to bacon. 
Photo courtesy Here's the Deal Spice Co., of Plymouth, MN, new to FEAST! this year.


5. Vote for your fave! 

As you explore the exhibits, share the love with your favorites by voting for them for the People's Choice Award

Each vote enters you in our giveaway drawing for a gift basket full of local loot

Gift basket giveaways announced throughout the day, People's Choice winning exhibitor reveal will be from the cooking demos area at 3:30pm



The first 400 wristband ticket holders will get this adorable commemorative sampling glass, for keeps!

Psst! We have an amazing contest coming this week—watch our socials for more details, but here are the essentials: 

Vikre Distillery in Duluth is offering a Vikre prize package!

WHAT:  Private tasting experience at Vikre for 6, including

  • cocktail of your choice
  • souvenir glass to keep
  • $100 gift certificate to spend while you’re there.
HOW: The winner will be selected from VIP wristband FEAST! tickets purchased before 10pm, Friday, Nov 3, 2023 and announced at 2pm on Nov. 4 at the FEAST! cooking demo area. Must be present to win. DETAILS HERE


7. Volunteer!

Get an insider's view while helping vendors get set up, assisting chefs with cooking demos, being part of the kids activities and more! (You'll still have plenty of time to enjoy the show before or after your shift.)

Volunteers get FREE general admission and—as a bonus this year—a local-foods t-shirt!


8. Read up! 

LOCAL FEAST! volume six is hitting newsstands! Head to your local co-op or farm-to-table eatery to pick up your copy, or check out our map to see where you can expect to find them.

FEAST! is a non-profit event, designed to increase community connections to the food and farm businesses serving all of us.

We're so grateful for the advertisers who make the magazine possible, and the FEAST! sponsors who help make this event possible. 



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