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  • published 2017 Exhibitors List in Exhibitor Info 2017-07-28 15:31:52 -0500

    2017 exhibitors


    Our 2017 exhibitors are listed below.

    For a map of their business locations, click the thumbnail at right.

    View 2016 exhibitors HERE

    For a closer look, see the Feast! blog for write-ups on a sampling of businesses.





    Agri-Cultured Foods

    We specialize in traditionally fermented foods, like Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickles and Kombucha. We're on a mission to heal people, one gut at a time.

    Waukee, IA - Preserves and Vinegar


    American Hazelnut Company

    The American Hazelnut Company is a grower/investor company organized to process and market hazelnut-related products -- kernels, oil and flour, initially -- grown in the Upper Midwest. 

    Gay Mills, WI - Grower/Producer


    Asplund Winery

    Aspelund Winery specializes in fruit wines made from tomato, cucumber, fennel, apples, elderberries, strawberries and raspberries. All fruits are grown locally and processes at our winery. Come, enjoy and taste the difference.

    Kenyon, MN - Wine/Beer


    Badger State Fruit Processing Inc. 

    Badger State Fruit Processing is a family owned business and the largest independent supplier of cranberry products in the United States. We are cranberry specialists. Situated in the heart of cranberry country, we do it all. We are: Cranberry growers Cranberry processors Cranberry warehousers Cranberry transporters As a result, Badger State is the most vertically integrated and cost effective supplier of cranberry products.

    Pittsville, WI - Grower/Producer


    B&E's Trees

    B&E's Trees crafts Organic Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup at their off-grid Wisconsin farm. The maple soaked barrels are then used to age Central Waters Brewing Company's Maple Barrel Stout!

    Viroqua, WI - Grower/Producer


    Bang Brewing

    Minnesota's first dedicated organic brewery.

    St. Paul, MN - Beer




    Bare Honey

    Bare Honey pairs raw honey from hand-picked Midwest nectar sources with complimentary spices to create gourmet products such as Hot & Spicy and Lavender Blossom infusions, or Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon and Bee Pollen Infused honey spreads.

    Plymouth, MN - Grower/Producer


    Becky's Blissful Bakery

    Our gourmet caramels are handcrafted and preservative-free and have been nationally recognized for their rich, buttery flavor.

    New Berlin, IA - Bakery and Grains


    The Bee Shed

    The Bee Shed provides local, healthy and natural products from honeybees under a variety of product lines. Our honeybee products are available direct-to-consumer, at local farmers’ markets, and mail order.

    Oronoco, MN - Grower/Producer


    Bent Paddle

    30-barrel production craft brewery that uses the amazing water of Lake Superior along with the talent of our brewers to make some of the freshest and most dependable craft beer possible.

    Duluth, MN - beer/wine




    Better For You Bakery

    Better for You Bakery creates Gluten free and allergen friendly bakery mixes made from NON GMO sourced ingredients, includes more Gluten free whole grains and may easily be prepared free of all 8 major food allergens. We also manufacture a Gluten free Nut Blend Granola that includes multiple tree nuts and seeds and is made with NON GMO sourced ingredients. Our products are enjoyed by people with and without Celiac Disease that desire great taste, texture and increased nutrition in bakery items.

    Jefferson, IA - Bakery and Grains


    Blue Earth Valley Trading Company

    Minnesota Grown Proud Member and producer of pure maple syrup, maple cream, maple sugar, honey and creamed honey located in Mankato, MN.

    Mankato, MN - Grower/Producer


    CannonBelles Cheese

    CannonBelles Cheese is constructing an artisan cheese plant in Cannon Falls, MN. Working with local dairy farmers, they will make fresh and aged cheeses for the local Minnesota market.

    Northfield, MN - Cheese/Dairy


    Carlson Roasting Co. 

    Artisan small batch coffee roaster.

    Houston, MN - Beverages, Coffee


    Clara's Comfort Food

    Authentic german sausage that is free of additives and preservatives but FULL of flavor.

    Eagen, MN - Meat


    Chip Magnet Salsa

    A small company in Eau Claire, WI, specializing in salsa, relish, hot sauce and other sauces. All non-gmo and all delicious. #SalsaTakeover

    Eau Claire, WI - Sauces, Dressings and Seasonings


    Colonel Pabst

    We use and old Pabst family recipe to brew small-batch Worcestershire Sauce. Our main ingredient is a craft malt lager from Milwaukee. To that we add 20 other all natural ingredients from around the world. Blue ribbon winner!

    Millkwaukee, WI - Sauces, Dressings and Seasonings


    Country View Dairy

    Country View Dairy makes artisan yogurt right on the farm in small batches with milk from our own cows. We offer original, greek, and soft serve frozen yogurt in many package sizes. Hawkeye, IA - Grower/Producer, Dairy


    Creature Comfort Hot Sauce

    Hand crafted, locally sourced spicy condiments. Full of flavor and just enough heat without going over the top.

    Minneapolis, MN - Sauces, Dressings and Seasonings




    Croix Valley Foods

    Croix Valley Foods is a family owned and operated company located in River Falls, WI that produces a line of all-natural, gluten free products. Their line consists of sauces, marinades, dry rubs, and Bloody Mary seasonings. They have won numerous local and international awards and owners, Damon and Lu Holter, are respected competitors in barbecue competitions and food competitions around the country.

    River Falls, WI - Sauces, Dressings and Seasonings


    CTL Foods

    CTL Foods, the original home of Soda Fountain Malted Milk Powder, and All-Natural Kosher-Certified, Wisconsin-Made product. CTL has been blending and packaging Malted Milk Powder since 1972. 

    Colfax, WI - Beverages



    Curly Girlz Candy 

    At Curly Girlz Candy we create tantalizing treats made from fresh, local ingredients and create them with the individual attention that allows you to taste the difference handcrafting makes. Our sugar-free and no sugar added candies contain our proprietary high fiber, natural sweetener blend for a treat that tastes exceptional with no aftertaste. Curly Girlz Candy, a naturally sweetened candy that is truly a handcrafted delight in every bite.

    Owatonna, MN - Confections


    Diana and Daughters, LLC

    An old world Italian dipping/cooking sauce from my grandparents. Augusta's Antipasto is a garlic tomato sauce filled with fresh vegetables, variety of olives and artichokes. Two Varieties.

    Manitowok, WI - Sauces and Seasonings


    Falconer Vineyards Winery and Cidery

    Falconer Vineyards located in Red Wing MN, produces wines and ciders utilizing cold hardy Minnesota grown grapes and apples. We sell direct to retail liquor stores and restaurants.

    Red Wing, MN - Wine, Beer and Cider


    Ferndale Market

    Since 1939 our family has grown free-range turkeys our farm in Cannon Falls. Today, you can find our Ferndale Market turkey products at your favorite natural food retailer or at our on-farm store.

    Cannon Falls, MN - Meat



    Fill My Recipe, LLC • Our innovative ‘Flavor Temptations’ recipe packs, with pre-measured authentic ingredients and time-tested recipes for Indian cuisine, help you to cook Indian food and make memories with family and friends.

    Madison, WI - Sauces, Dressings and Seasonings 



    Forager Brewing

    Gastro Brew pub producing a variety of handcrafted ales Focusing on the talents and Passion of our Brewer Austin Jevne.

    Rochester, MN - Wine, Beer and Cider




    Frederick Sound Fish Co.

    Hook and line caught, wild Alaskan salmon. Fisherman owned and operated. From the boat to Rochester, MN.

    Rochester, MN - Meat



    At Gardenaire every product is organically grown and crafted by hand from the garden to the table. Gardenaire creates bold flavors that help home cooks bring creativity to the kitchen.

    Rochester, MN - Preserves and Vinegar, Sauces, Dressings and Seasonings


    Grandma's Gourmets • We make amazing pickles, salsa and jams just like grandma, hand crafted in small batches from high quality ingredients.

    Albert Lea, MN - Preserves and Vinegar, Sauces, Dressings and Seasonings


    Grand Rounds Brewery

    Rochester's only downtown Brewery and Restaurant, serving made from scratch food with the best local craft beer happy hour in town and parking ramps located at each end of our block.

    Rochester, MN - Wine, Beer and Cider


    Great River Organic Milling

    A family owned organic flour milling company, that still grinds it's flours on red granite stones in Wisconsin, just a stones throw from the Mississippi!

    Fountain City, WI -Bakery and Grains



    Grlk is a business built on family traditions and passion for hand crafted local food. Offering garlic sauce and hummus to health conscious, food loving foodies.

    St. Paul, MN - Sauces, Dressings and Seasonings


    High Home Foods/ Smokin T's 

    Smokin'Ts is a unique sauce, dressing, and marinade. We hand smoke tomatoes, add other fresh ingredients such as basil and onion to create a light, smoky flavored tomato sauce. Smokin'Ts is vegan, gluten free, and is extremely low in sugar. It comes in two varieties: Original and With a Kick, our spicy version. Our motto is you can put Smokin'Ts on Anything!

    Delafield, WI - Preserves and Vinegar, Hot Sauce




    Heil Ginseng Inc.

    100% Wisconsin Grown 100% of the time. We are a local Wisconsin Ginseng producer for over 15 years. We are the first and only who has rights to use the registered Ginseng Board of Wisconsin trademark seal. Home of Edgar, WI.

    Edgar, WI - Grower/Producer


    Hoch Orchards

    Hoch Orchard and Gardens is a 94 acre diversified organic and biodynamic farm. We offer seasonal on Farm sales, Apple cider, Sauces and an on Farm Hard Cidery.

    La Crescent, MN - Grower/Producer, Beer Wine and Cider


    Honestly Cranberry

    Honestly Cranberry’s cranberries are just that...cranberries that have been honestly dried using no added sugars, juices, oils or anything! Honestly Cranberry, delivers the true tart taste of cranberry year round.

    Wisconsin Rapids, WI - Preserves, Vinegar and Sauces




    Iowa Choice Harvest

    We provide co-packing services to small food businesses who are growing out of their home processing business. We also individually quick freeze Iowa fruits and vegetables and distribute them to grocery stores and other wholesale customers.

    Marshalltown, IA - Grower/Producer


    JACARANDA Seasonal Snacks

    JACARANDA produces high quality Artisanal Snacks in Austin, Minnesota. Raquel Imbert, JACARANDA's owner, searched for the memories of her childhood in South America to create JACARANDA's line of products.

    Austin, MN - Snacks



    Jamazing! jams and jellies are handcrafted in Montgomery, Minnesota and feature a mix of award-winning, locally-grown, organic and unique flavors.

    Brooklyn Park, MN - Preserves and Vinegar


    Jirik Family Farms

    We are a small diversified family farm operation located in Southern Minnesota. We direct market and wholesale honey, maple syrup and maple cotton candy. We are exploring new ways to sell our product and expanding our operation.

    Kilkenny, MN - Confections



    Deliciously flavorful, grab n go snacks made with clean, superfood ingredients. Ideal for travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, busy families, & anyone leading an active lifestyle. Good anytime, anywhere. Vegan & GF!

    Plymouth, MN - Bakery and Grains




    Kickapoo Gold LLC

    We have a single ingredient product made from the sap of wild maple trees. It includes many trace minerals to produce the world's healthiest of all natural sweeteners. 

    Viroqua, WI - Grower/Producer


    Kinney Creek Brewery

    Kinney Creek Brewery started out as a love for beer, and a lack of quality brewed, right priced beer. Now we are making several varieties of beer to accommodate the need for great Midwest brewed beer. We source as many of our ingredients that we can from our local neighbors to bring you the very freshest and eco-friendly beer on the market. 

    Rochester, MN - Wine, Beer and Cider


    K-Mama Sauce, LLC

    Vegan Korean sauce, made from my mom’s recipe. Initially sweet with a buttery middle, and a spicy kick at the end. Adds rich flavor to appetizers, salads, soups, and entrees.

    Minneapolis, MN - Sauces, Dressings and Seasonings


    Larry Schultz Organic Farm

    From our family to yours. Larry Schultz Organic Farm has been your local organic eggs, chicken, chicken sausage, and turkey source for the past 25 years.

    Owatanna, MN - Farmer/Grower; Meat/Eggs




    Locust Land Vineyards

    Food products made from our MN grapes:baslamic, verjus and verjus sauces and other products.

    Little Canada, MN - Grower/Producer, Preserves and Vinegar


    Mama Doha

    From the kitchens of Egypt to the kitchens of the Twin Cities. Mama Doha's is a small, Twin City-based, family business crafting the time-honored a​nd traditional delicacies of Mama Doha's Cairo childhood.

    Edina, MN - Preserves and Vinegar


    Mama Stoen's

    We provide Gluten Free Products and strives to provide those who have the need or the desire to have Gluten Free options without sacrificing taste, texture and variety.

    Owatonna, MN - Bakery and Grains


    The McKnight Foundation   

    The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. We use all our resources to attend, unite, and empower those we serve.

    Minneapolis, MN - SPONSOR




    Metz's Hart-Land Dairy , Honey & Creamery

    We are a family owned and operated dairy farm with a creamery right on the farm. We make farmstead cheeses directly from the milk produced by our 4 breeds of dairy cows.

    Rushford, MN - Dairy


    Midwest Elderberry Cooperative • The MEC farmers work together in the wide-scale production of elderflowers and elderberries for subsequent cooperative processing and marketing of value-added elderflower and elderberry ingredients to Minnesota and regional value-added food processors.

    Minneapolis, MN - Grower/Producer


    Millner Heritage Winery

    Best Minnesota Wines and Cider's using all viticulture and horticulture developed (Grapes&Apples) from the University of MN.


    Kimball, MN - Wine, Beer and Cider




    Minnesota Department of Agriculture

    Working to enhance Minnesotans’ quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.

    St. Paul, MN - SPONSOR


    Mixmi Brands

    Mixmi brands manufactures delicious fiber rich frozen yogurt that is smooth & creamy like ice cream, but with the added benefits of 5 different live & active cultures for probiotic health.

    Eden Prairie, MN - Dairy




    Artisan stone-ground raw vegan chocolates infused with flavors and spices that support the Chakra System -- the seven energy centers in the body. Featuring brand new line of CBD Oil infused chocolates (non-psychotoxic, full-spectrum oil derived from hemp).

    Cedar Rapids, IA - Confections


    My Sweet Greens MN

    We are an urban farm-to-table grower specializing in Microgreens. Our business encompasses the best in fresh, garden-sweet product grown clean while promoting the best practices in green living.

    Zumbrota, MN - Grower/Producer


    Next Chapter Winery

    Next Chapter Winery is a family-owned and operated winery sustainably crafting barrel-aged wine in rural Minnesota.

    New Prague, MN - Beer/Wine


    Ney's Premium Inc.

    Wisconsin Sourced Meat Purveyor - Featuring the Prime Rib Burger "Official Burger of Wisconsin"

    Hartford, WI - Meat


    Nicolai Amende Signature 

    We produce gourmet Five Pepper Blend brand hot sauces made with Minnesota grown non-GMO peppers. Our hot sauces have a high pulp-to-brine ratio, which produces a superior pepper flavor.

    Mankato, MN - Sauces, dressings and seasonings


    Northern Vineyards

    Northern Vineyards Winery has been making wines since 1977, one of the oldest Minnesota wineries in operation. We are one of the first wine cooperatives in the United
    States and the only one of the local wineries.  

    Stillwater, MN - Wine, Beer and Cider


    North Mallow

    All Natural Homemade marshmallows in a variety flavors such as Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Chip or Caramel Swirl!

    Golden Valley, MN - Confections


    Number 12 Cider House

    Number 12 Cider House produces award-winning, traditional farmhouse ciders made from local apples and cared for in small batches; much the way Americans crafted ciders in past centuries.

    St. Paul, MN - Wine, Beer and Cider


    Oak Valley Creations

    At Oak Valley Creations we believe that organics are a great way to incorporate good health into your recipes and your life!

    Savage, MN - Sauces, dressings and seasonings


    O'Brien's Own Gourmet Granola 

    O'Brien's Own Gourmet Granola. O'Brien's Own Gourmet Granola is located in a small farming community right in the center of our Nation's heartland. We prepare our "softer" health conscious granola with only the finest, all natural ingredients.

    Centerpoint, IA - Snacks




    Organic Independents LLC 

    Certified organic, Blue Fruit Farm grows perennial fruits (aronia berries, black currants, blueberries, elderberries, honeyberries, juneberries, and plums). We sell locally to consumers and wholesale to restaurants and grocery stores.

    Winona, MN - Grower/Producer


    Pasta of the Prairie

    Pasta of the Prairie stared by Tyler and Lindsey Steinkamp produces flavored pasta locally, for Superior taste and quality.

    Marion, IA - Pasta


    Pickle Creek Herbs

    At Pickle Creek, we grow organic herbs and produce on our family farm and use original recipes to hand craft the best possible artisan infused oils and vinegars.

    Fairfield, IA - Grower/Producer


    Poorboy Candy

    Poorboy Candy is an artisan confection and condiment company based in Minneapolis, MN. We strive to provide a unique sensory experience with all of our products.

    Minneapolis, MN - Confections


    Prairie Farms - Caves of Faribault

    Our cheese is made from rBST free raw cow’s milk. Our AmaBlu® blue cheese is the first blue cheese made and marketed nationally. We faithfully follow the original recipe, making cheese by hand in traditional open vats with no artificial additives or flavor enzymes. 

    Faribault, MN - Dairy


    Rasmussen Apiary

    We are family owned business started in 1984. We are now in our second generation of running the business.

    Cazenovia, WI - Grower/Producer


    Raw Bistro

    We make it easy to feed your dog a balanced, raw food diet with only the highest quality ingredients.

    Cannon Falls, MN - Pet Food


    Renewing the Countryside

    We specialize in traditionally fermented foods, like Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickles and Kombucha. We're on a mission to heal people, one gut at a time.

    Minneapolis, MN - SPONSOR


    Salem Glen Winery

    Salem Glen is a family-owned and operated boutique winery specializing in small batches of wine made from regionally grown grapes.

    Rochester, MN - Wine/Beer


    Salsa Del Diablo 

    Gourmet salsa.

    Rochester, MN - Sauces and Seasonings


    Sara's Tipsy Pies

    Locally made hand pies that use local wine whiskey and beer. Mn state fair vendor, events, wholesale, weddings and corporate catering.

    Oak Park Heights, MN - Bakery and Grains


    Seven Songs Organic Farm

    We are a 7 acre certified organic farm specializing in garlic, ginger, turmeric, tomatoes, peppers, raspberries, and eggs. We make and sell Escape Garlic Scape Pesto because everyone who tries it loves it!

    Kenyon, MN - Grower/Producer


    Shokolate Haven

    Chocolate is more than just a food. It brings us together. Shokolate Haven produces the highest quality chocolate in small batches using only premium local ingredients. We offer our hand crafted chocolate and sweets for a catering, baby showers, business parties and weddings. Paraffin wax and preservative free, made in the USA by Americans that care about you and their product.

    Lindstrum, MN - Confections


    Silver Creek Specialty Meats

    Family owned, Oshkosh business. Specializing in producing quality old fashioned products which derive their unique flavor from quality ingredients, special seasoning, recipes, natural smoking processes, and eliminating MSG or other additives.

    Oshkosh, WI - Meat


    Simply Snackin'

    Family owned, Oshkosh business. Specializing in producing quality old fashion products which derive their unique flavor from quality ingredients, special seasoning, recipes, natural smoking processes, and eliminiating MSG or other additives. 

    Oshkosh, WI - Meat


    Sno Pac Foods

    Sno Pac, America's 1st Family of frozen organic fruits and vegetables, family owned and operated since 1942

    Caledonia, MN - Grower/Producer, Frozen Foods


    Sociable Cider Werks 

    Sociable is driven by a pretty simple vision. Cider should be much more than the lightly-alcoholic, made-from-concentrate, sweet apple juice boxes that currently dominate the shelf space. Sociable ciders are well carbonated, dry and always made from real apples. Simply put, they should be enjoyed like great draught beer. Sociable is not just hard cider, we're much more.

    Minneapolis, MN - Wine, Beer and Cider


    Sogo Snacks

    Sogo Snacks produces premium, on-the-go (non refrigerated), 100% grass-fed/finished beef and natural pork snack sticks made with simple ingredients. Products are allergen free with several flavors having no added sugar.

    Decorah, IA - Snacks


    Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

    Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. The Foundation has provided more than $50 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 29 years. SMIF's key interests include early childhood and economic development.

    Owatonna, MN - SPONSOR


    Squash Blossom Farm

    Our small permaculture farm bakes wood-fired sourdough breads and pizza featuring our own farm-grown and other local ingredients. We also host special events, classes, and dinners on the farm.

    Oronoco, MN - Bakery and Grains




    Stagecoach Brewing Company 

    "Tracing its lineage back to 1857, the Stagecoach Brewing Company is a small, family-owned craft brewery nestled on the banks of Brewery Creek in South East Minnesota's Bluff Country.

    Mantorville, MN - Beer 


    Taking Stock Foods

    Chicken Broth that's good enough to drink made out of 5 local and organically sourced ingredients.

    St Paul, MN - Preserves and Vinegar


    Timberlake Orchard

    Timberlake Orchard is about 8 miles south of Fairmont, MN. We have popular apple varieties of apples to include Honeycrisp, Sweetango and Haralson. We also make our own Pies and Turnovers from scratch. We also offer freshly pressed cider.

    Fairmont, MN - Grower/Producer


    Treats by T

    We are a husband and wife team. We make a ghost pepper sauce that is sweet and finishes with a little heat. Hand crafted in small batches from our garden to you. A versatile sauce that can be used as a glaze, dipping sauce, or accompaniment to your favorite dish.

    Northfield, MN - Preserves and Vinegar, Sauces, Dressings and Seasonings


    Whitewater Gardens Farm

    Whitewater Gardens Farm is a certified organic producer of quality fresh vegetables. We specialize in fresh sweet potatoes and greenhouse tomatoes, selling at local farmers markets as well as wholesale.

    Altura, MN - Grower/Producer



    Founded as Chisago County's first estate winery in 1995, WineHaven has become a cornerstone of Minnesota winemaking, producing highly acclaimed wines that capture the distinctive flavors of its vineyards and region. 

    Chisago City, MN - Wine, Beer and Cider


    WW Homestead Dairy

    WW Homestead Dairy produces a full dairy product line, with all natural ingredients that are locally produced and processed, including milk, butter, ice cream, cheese curds and block cheddar cheese.

    Waukon, IA - Dairy, Grower/Producer


    Yellow River Dairy

    Yellow River Dairy is a farmstead goat dairy and creamery. We manufacture both hard and soft goat cheeses from our dairy. All our milking does are on pasture and we raise our own non-gmo forage. Our product line is available year round in regional stores.

    Monona, IA - Cheese and Dairy


    Zaza's Pastas, LLC

    Hand-crafted, artisan pastas. Made in Iowa with local and organic ingredients.

    Cedar Rapids, IA - Bakery and Grains








  • published Criteria in Exhibitor Info 2017-04-19 12:58:44 -0500

    Criteria for Feast! Exhibitors

    All Feast exhibitors must apply to take part in the event. Applications are reviewed by a jury of local-food professionals and must fit the following criteria: 

    1. Use of locally grown or produced ingredients:

    Our primary criteria is the use of locally grown ingredients in your product. However, we make exceptions to this for products with ingredients not available locally. For these, we would like to see additional certifications such as organic or fair trade. 

    2. Geographic area:

    This event is only open to businesses from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

    3. Consumable product: 

    The only products allowed at Feast are food or beverages. Non-consumable products or merchandise cannot be sold at Feast.

    4. Licensing:

    Your business must have the proper licensing to attend a publicly attended trade show and marketplace event. Out of state businesses may be required to obtain an additional Minnesota retail food license.

    5. Zero waste:

    This is a zero waste event, vendors must be willing and able to use compostable products for giving out samples. 




  • published feast2016 in Past Events 2017-04-18 13:58:59 -0500

  • published Cooking Stage in Festival 2017-04-18 13:40:36 -0500

    Cooking Stage



    Local Chef


     Location: Exhibit Hall

    Featured Chefs:

    Maura Henn, People's Food Co-op, Rochester - 10:30 AM 

    Nicci Sylvester, Tonic Local Kitchen and Juice Bar - 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM

    Caitlin Waterstraat, Snap-Ed Educator, 12:30 PM and 1:30PM




  • published Workshops in Festival 2017-04-18 13:40:18 -0500



    Healthy Living


    DIY Workshops

     Location: Auditorium

    Presented by Lisa Dierks, Dietitian, Nutrition Manager of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program


    10-4: “Ask the Mayo Clinic dietitian” at the Mayo Clinic booth

    Mayo Clinic dietitians will be available throughout the festival to answer your food and nutrition questions.


    11 a.m.: Healthy eating at home

    Build your plan on how to successfully serve a healthy diet at home.  Learn techniques to make quick, easy meals


    Noon: Strategies for shopping at a Farmer’s Market

    Choices abound at the Farmer’s Market!  Learn ways to navigate the market, be creative with the options available and use market produce as a starting point to guide your weekly meal plan.


    1 p.m.: Holiday meals:  Can they really be healthy?

    Discover ways to make simple swaps in your holiday menus that will leave you satisfied, not stuffed.




    2015 Workshop lineup here!

  • published Kids Activities in Festival 2017-04-18 13:39:59 -0500

    Kids Activities


    A variety of fun and education activities will be taking place all day in the Kids' Area.

    (Signs will direct you)

    Veggie Grand Prix

    Stop by for some fun!

    • Mini-sprout greenhouses
    • Dry food art
    • Vegetable printing
    • Pumpkin painting
    • Egg carton planters
    • Storybook Reading
    • Veggie Grand Prix! Race your own veggie race car.
    • Face painting
    • KidsFit games about fitness and food



  • published Media in Event Info 2017-04-18 13:39:36 -0500


     Press releases, media coverage and graphics for the festival and tradeshow are below. 

    Also see Feast exhibitor profiles on the FEAST BLOG

    Media kit for the Feast! Restaurant Week can be found HERE

    For questions and other materials, contact [email protected].


    Press Releases:

    June 19, 2017: Regional food & beverage businesses aiming to grow should apply now for Feast! 2017

    October 13, 2017: Service businesses invited to connect with local food makers—apply by Oct. 31 for early bird pricing

    November 27, 2017: From Field to Feast! Local food growers & makers to gather in Rochester this Saturday


    Media Coverage:

    Nov 15, 2017 Radish Magazine: Fourth annual Feast! celebrates food community

    Nov 2, 2017 Rochester Magazine: From Field to Feast! Farm-to-table celebration kicks off local food festival 

    Oct 31, 2017 Rochester Women Magazine: Swirl, Smell, Sip

    Oct 18, 2017: KTTC Around Town interview

    Sept 15, 2017 MOSES Broadcaster: Event helps food producers introduce products to buyers, consumers (page 13)

     Image Library








    2016 Media Coverage

    Dec 5, 2016: Post Bulletin: Feast! vendor preaches power of fermented food

    Dec 2, 2016: City Pages: Maple Syrup, pies, and cider: Do your holiday shopping at Feast! Marketplace this weekend

    Nov 30, 2016: MPR News: Appetites: Ready or not, here's another feast

    Nov 29, 2016: Wisconsin State Farmer: Something Special to stand out at Feast! food show

    Nov 28, 2016: Feast! video interview by The Med City Beat:

    Med City Beat video

    Nov 28, 2016 Make it Minnesota article: Upcoming Event: Feast! Local Food Marketplace Festival & Tradeshow

    Nov 18, 2016: KSMQ R-Town Rundown:

    KSMQ R-town screenshot

    Oct 24, 2016 Radish article: Celebration of Local Food


    Media Alert:

    Nov 29, 2016: More than 2,000 local food enthusiasts, makers, and buyers are expected at the third annual Feast! Local Foods Marketplace


    Media Release: 

    Nov 21, 2016: Upper Midwest Gathering Steam for Rochester Local Foods Event

    Aug 9, 2016: FEAST! Offers Technical Assistance and Networking for Food and Beverage Businesses

    June 20, 2016: FEAST! Local Foods Network Wins Food Stewardship Award


    2015 Media Coverage


  • published Lodging in Event Info 2017-04-18 13:39:16 -0500



    A limited number of discounted rooms are available within walking distance to the Mayo Civic Center: 

    Hilton Garden Inn - reserve by 11/9

    DoubleTree by Hilton - reserve by 11/10


  • published Reception in Event Info 2017-04-18 13:38:49 -0500



    On the evening of Friday, December 1st, following the tradeshow, Feast Local Foods Marketplace will host a reception for all buyers and exhibitors.  The evening will be a great way to network and partake in local food and drink. 

    Check back soon for more details.



  • published Gallery in Event Info 2017-04-18 13:38:24 -0500





    Also look for us on Instagram @LocalFeast and share your own Feast photos with #LocalFeast

  • Technical Assistance / Support Service Providers


    December 1st, 2017

    The Feast! Local Foods Marketplace is featuring technical assistance providers in our Support Services Mini-Expo8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 1. 

    Businesses and organizations that provide services, technical assistance, and/or resources for farm and food entrepreneurs will be staffing tables around the auditorium, where tradeshow attendees will gather for the group keynotes, lunch, and networking. Apply to have a booth in the Support Services Mini-Expo here. 

    Food businesses are encouraged to visit and talk with the service providers in this area throughout the Food Entrepreneurs Forum, and especially during the Networking hour.

    *Appointments for one-on-one consultations with food safety professionals can be scheduled online HERE. For information on consultants see the speaker bios HERE

    Email [email protected] to request additional information.


    2017 Technical Assistance and Support Providers


    Compeer Financial

    Compeer Financial is a member-owned, Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. We provide loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  

    USDA Rural Development

    Rural Development has grant and loan programs to support small business and Community Economic Development.

    Burns & McDonnell

    Engineering and environmental services.

    Curb Crowser 

    Retail branding and marketing 

    Artisan Food Products Network

    AFPN develops new partnerships and new opportunities to grow the artisan food products market. Our network includes a growing list of industry leaders in food research, food development and manufacturing, food safety, and local-to-global logistics. 

    TouchPoint Resource Pool / Food Safety Guy

    TouchPoint is a collection of training, technical, compliance and service providers to food businesses including Food Safety, HACCP plans, health department compliance, IT support, labeling, financing, marketing, equipment, and business planning.

    UMN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships / Green Lands Blue Waters

    RSDP have been fostering food systems work for 20 years, connecting Greater Minnesota producers, entrepreneurs, community leaders and innovators with University resources. GLBW works on perennial landscapes and protecting our natural resources through conservation land practices.

    *MDA-Food Safety

    *Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection- Food Safety

    *Iowa State Food Safety

    *for staff available for consultations, see Tradeshow page 

    MDA-Minnesota Grown/New Markets 

    The Minnesota Grown Program is a statewide partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota producers of specialty crops and livestock. 



    Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is a regional development and philanthropic organization that fosters economic and community vitality in 20 counties of southern Minnesota through a culture of collaboration and partnership. We envision a prosperous and growing region with vibrant communities, innovative and successful economies, and engaged and valued citizens.



    Renewing the Countryside strengthens rural areas by championing and supporting rural communities, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, activists and other people who are renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects.



    The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) helps develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology. With unique facilities and professional staff, AURI is a one-of-a-kind resource that provides assistance to Minnesota businesses looking to create more value for the state’s agricultural products.



    More information on applying to have a booth in the Support Services Mini-Expo here.

  • published Tradeshow in Event Info 2017-04-18 13:37:47 -0500


    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



    The focus of the tradeshow day is the exhibitors and buyers. New for 2017, we have opened registration to aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to attend educational sessions and observe the expo floor in action: click here for general tradeshow admission registration. Registration is also open for technical assistance providers to network with food businesses.

    Starting at 8:30 am, the Food Entrepreneurs Forum will offer a keynote address, a range of workshops, 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 a buyers panel and some time for networking and consultations, and then the tradeshow expo floor will open for buyers and producers from 3 - 6 pm.  

    Friday evening we will host a buyer and exhibitor reception with music and local food and drink starting at 6 pm.

    View the Feast 2017 Tradeshow Program HERE.


    Featured collaboration for 2017:

    Registered Feast! exhibitors are eligible for FREE REGISTRATION to attend the Midwest Food Products Association Convention, Wednesday, Nov 29 - Thursday, Nov 30 at the Mayo Civic Center!

    Peruse the exhibits of 150 businesses that service the food manufacturing industry and attend breakout sessions offered by the Artisan Food Products Network especially geared towards small- to mid-sized regional businesses.

    Read more and register HERE.  



    2017 Schedule: Food Entrepreneurs Forum and Tradeshow








    Exhibitor setup & registration



    Exhibit Hall & Auditorium 



    Support Services mini-Expo opens









    Feast! planners






    Keynote: Tough Love for Big Dreams


    Tera Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Extension Food Finance Institute






    Strategies for Financing your Business


    Al Zeitz, Timberlake Orchards; Eric and Lisa Klein, Hidden Stream Farm

    Sai Thao, Compeer Financial; Jude Conway, Ag Ventures Alliance 


    McDonnell Room




    Best Practices for Engaging Buyers


    Tera Johnson, Food Finance Institute; Tony Saarem, GoMacro;

    Jami and Christine Stoen, Mama Stoen's






    Strategically Investing in Your Brand


    Rita Katona, So Good, So You; Sarah Wangler, Sweet Marketing Success;

    Emily Stickler, Curb Crowser


    McDonnell Room




    Entrepreneur Essentials


    Tony Saarem, GoMacro;

    Jami and Christine Stoen, Mama Stoen's




    12:00 Networking Lunch*    Auditorium





    Buyers Panel


      Mike Byrne, People's Food Co-op; Mindy Hauge, Whole Foods;

    Ali Shouman, BUILD Sales Management, John Byom, Classic Provisions




    Networking break*





    3:00- 6:00 


    Tradeshow Expo Open



     Exhibit Hall


    6:00  VIP Reception 


     Rochester Art Center (North end of Mayo Civic Center)

     *Food safety consultations are available by appointment for the period of 12:00-3:00. Consultants listed below. Schedule online HERE.

    *Entrepreneurs are encouraged to tour the Support Services Mini Expo during the networking breaks.

    For specific questions about the Tradeshow schedule, email [email protected].


    2017 Speaker & Consultant Bios


    Tera JohnsonTera Johnson

    Keynote Address: Tough Love for Big Dreams, 9am

    Got big dreams for your business? You should, and Tera Johnson can give you some good reasons. From her background as founder of tera's whey to her current passion of helping entrepreneurs succeed through her work as Director of the UW-Extension's Food Finance Institute, her journey will inspire. She'll present her unique view of current trends in the food space, and remind you that you need to be tough in the face of the changing world. Tough enough to face the finances that will determine your longevity in the marketplace.

    Tera Johnson is a serial entrepreneur whose mission is to create the next generation of environmentally and economically regenerative food and farming businesses. The founder of teraswhey®, Tera participated in the full arc of creating a successful investor-financed company. Now the founder of the Food Finance Institute at UW Extension, Tera is a frequent speaker, teacher, and financial consultant to sustainable food and farming businesses, social venture funds, and investors. 


    Tim Jenkins, James Roettger, Lou Cha, Keri Plude

    Minnesota Department of Agriculture Food Safety Specialists 

    Jim Roettger has been with MDA for 34 years. working in compliance, enforcement, plan review, and inspection. He can answer most questions concerning the law and regulations., ie labeling, licensing, exemptions, special processes, HACCP. He's currently the licensing liaison and help desk staff for FFSD.


    Lou Cha has worked for MDA for 10 years. As an Agriculture Advisor in the Manufactured Food Program, he conducts food manufacturing and food storage facility inspections. He also performs field training work with new inspectors. He is based in Rochester, MN. When he's not working he enjoys the outdoors and stays busy with three young sons. 



    Keri Plude has worked for MDA for 10 years. As an Agriculture Consultant in the Manufactured Food Program, she performs inspections and handles training development and presentations along with specialized inspection work. She is based out of Chatfield, MN. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her young daughters and showing horses.




    Shannon M. Coleman, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist, Food Safety, Iowa State University

    Shannon M. Coleman is an Assistant Professor and State Food Safety and Consumer Production Extension Specialist in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University (ISU). Dr. Coleman’s teaching, research and outreach efforts at ISU focus on improving food safety along the local food system which includes projects on best practices for home food and bakery operations (cottage foods), small (start-up) food manufactures, farmer’s market vendors, and gardeners.



    Carol Johnson, RS, MSCarol Johnson

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Food Safety Specialist

    Carol Johnson is a Food Scientist with Wisconsin DATCP working in the Food and recreational safety Division.  Carol works with food businesses assisting them with the licensing process, plan review and code interpretation.



    Jude Conway, Ag Ventures Alliance

    Strategies for Financing your Business, 10am

    Jude has been involved with seed/venture funds for the past 30 years, currently with Ag Ventures Alliance out of Mason City, Iowa where he manages a fund that is fostering twenty-one companies from across the central United States from Minnesota to Texas. His background in food innovation includes founding the American Food Venture Forum, a conference to bring together the nation’s food technology companies and venture capital funds, held in conjunction with the World Food Prize. 


    Lisa and Eric Klein, Hidden Stream Farm

    Strategies for Financing your Business, 10am

    Eric and Lisa Klein are the owners of Hidden Stream Farm LLC, a family operated farm and small local food distribution company in Elgin MN.  Just this spring they also opened Dover Processing a USDA inspected meat processing facility located in Dover, MN.  Eric and Lisa have been in the local food scene since 1999 when they started their very first farmers market with new baby in tow.  18 years and 6 kids later they still continue with farmers markets locally and provide local food distribution for their own products and other famers in a 100 mile radius.  They distribute primarily to the regional SE Minnesota and Twin Cities markets offering deliveries twice a week.  


    Sai Thao, Compeer Financial

    Strategies for Financing your Business, 10am

    Sai Thao is lending officer of Mission Financing at Compeer Financial. Sai has worked with many entrepreneurs, helping them with a full range of services, including creating business plans, and guiding them on how to obtain financing for their businesses. Sai’s interest in agriculture and local food stems from growing up working at his family’s fruit and vegetable farms in California and Washington State.


    Al Zeitz, Timberlake Orchard

    Strategies for Financing your Business, 10am

    Raised on a farm in Southern MN, Al served in the Marine Corps on Active duty for 9 years. He attended Southwestern Technical College and has worked in the wind industry for almost 24 years, currently at Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative as Renewable Energy Services Manager. He purchased Timberlake Orchard in October of 2015 and has plans to grow and expand the business.


    Christine & Jami Stoen, Mama Stoen's

    Entrepreneur networking track, 10am & 11am

    Christine was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2009. After her diagnosis she was concerned about the shift in lifestyle and food choices for herself and her family. For 6 years she worked on creating a Gluten Free product that not only tastes great and is Gluten Free, but also excluded the top 8 allergens as well. The Stoen Family has enjoyed sharing their Mama Stoen's products with individuals who are in need of Gluten Free/Allergen Free products, and have taken a gloomy situation and found great pleasure in helping others. 


    Tony Saarem, GoMacro

    Entrepreneur networking track, 10am & 11am

    Tony is Director of Operations at GoMacro, a vegan nutrition bar company based in Viola, WI. Tony joined GoMacro in 2011 when the company had 5 employees and manufacturing took place in a converted milk parlor. Since then, GoMacro has grown to over 70 employees, and sales have expanded by 2500%. Managing this rapid growth and business expansion has given Tony the unique experience of building a staff, a high-volume manufacturing process, a benefits program, workplace policies, and a nationally recognized brand, from the ground up.


    Emily Stickler, Director of Strategy, Curb Crowser

    Strategically Investing in your Brand,11am

    Determined dreamer. Question asker. Insights lover. Adventure seeker, ultra runner & wannabe chef.

    More specifically, a strategic marketing and communications leader with a passion for insights-driven strategy and creating programs for brands that deliver at market. With expertise in brand building, digital and social strategy, internal and external communications, executive communications, and media relations, Emily brings a diverse background of retail, non-profit, start-up and higher education work to her role at Curb Crowser.


    Rita Katona, So Good, So You

    Strategically Investing in your Brand,11am

    Rita built on 12+ years in corporate retail, merchandising, e-commerce and procurement to launch her company, So Good So You, in 2014. Originally a cafe called "Juice So Good," the brand now includes additional cafe locations and three product lines that are carried by TARGET, Whole Foods, Kroger and specialty grocers. From her early childhood in Hungary she was instilled with a love for wholesome, pure foods—now translated into her company's mission. 


    Sarah Wangler, MBA, Sweet Marketing Success

    Strategically Investing in your Brand,11am

    Sarah works for Sweet Marketing Success, specializing in food marketing and branding. Sweet Marketing Success nurtures business growth for iconic brands and start-ups (the next iconic brands) by helping companies create new brands, food packages, shipping/display cartons, websites, marketing/sales materials, and digital marketing. Sarah has an MBA in Food Marketing and is a Certified Digital Marketing Professional (CDMP), both from the University of St. Thomas. She is President of the Institute of Packaging Professionals-MN Chapter and past-president of Food & Consumer Science Professionals.


  • published Restaurant Week in Event Info 2017-04-18 13:37:26 -0500

    Restaurant Week 2017

    For our 2018 information CLICK HERE!

    Monday, November 27th through Saturday, December 2nd - Media Release // Media Kit

    Feast Restaurant week is back, a partnership of the FEAST Local Food Network and the area's Farm to Table Restaurants. Restaurants around Rochester are offering specials crafted using products from Feast! vendors and foodmakers available during the event. 

    When you order one of the Feast! specials at a participating restaurant, you'll receive a 2-for-1 coupon for general admission to Feast! or a $10-off voucher for an alcohol-sampling wristband (regular price $25, includes entry fee). 

    Participating eateries (alphabetically):


    Bleu Duck Kitchen


    14 4th St SW
    Rochester, MN 55902

    Brothers Bar and Grill


    812 S Broadway
    Rochester, MN 55904

    Cafe Steam


    315 S Broadway,
    Rochester, MN 55904



    20 4th St SE
    Rochester, MN, 55904

    Chester's Kitchen and Bar


    111 S Broadway #108
    Rochester, MN 55904

    The Doggery


    18 3rd St SW
    Rochester, MN 55902



    Forager Brewery


    1005 6th St NW
    Rochester, MN 55901

    Grand Rounds Brewing Co.


    4 3rd St SW
    Rochester, MN 55902

    The Half Barrel Bar and Kitchen


    304 1st Ave SW
    Rochester, MN 55902

    The Loop


    318 1st Ave SW
    Rochester, MN 55902

    NOSH Restaurant and Bar


    310 ½ S. Washington St.
    Lake City, MN 55401

    Peoples Food Co-op


    519 1st Ave SW,
    Rochester, MN 55902



    20 4th St SE
    Rochester, MN, 55904

    Tonic - Local Kitchen & Juice Bar


    318 1st Ave SW
    Rochester, MN 55902


    Map view: 

  • published Exhibitors Schedule in Exhibitor Info 2017-04-18 12:47:55 -0500

    Exhibitors Schedule


    Thursday, November 30

    • 6:00 pm—8:00 pm Check-in and booth setup

    Tradeshow: Friday, December 1st

    • 7:00 am—8:45 am Check-in and booth setup
    • 8:45 am—3:00 pm Food Entrepreneurs Forum, featuring a welcome session, panel discussions and private consultation opportunities
    • 3:00 pm—6:00 pm Tradeshow *open to buyers only*
    • 6:00 pm Private evening reception for exhibitors and buyers
    • *Friday evening booth set up available upon request: contact [email protected]

    Festival, Saturday, December 2nd

    • 8:00 am—9:30 am Check-in and booth setup for exhibitors attending just the festival
    • 10:00 am—4:00 pm Food, Wine, Beer, & Cider sampling and sales + cooking demos, kids activities, & voting for People's Choice for a chance at a local food gift basket, winners to be announced at 3:45
    • 4:00 pm—6:00 pm Move out

  • New "Grow a Farmer" Loan Fund Helps Small Farmers Get a Leg-up


    January 25, Owatonna, MINN. - Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), along with its partners through the FEAST Local Foods Network, including Renewing the Countryside and Slow Money Minnesota, are happy to announce the launch of a new loan fund for small-scale, sustainable farmers. The Grow a Farmer Fund is a revolving loan fund managed by SMIF that offers lower-interest loans up to $15,000 to individuals in SMIF's 20-county region for inventory, supplies, working capital or machinery/equipment.

    Fundraising for the Grow a Farmer Fund kicked off last May at Slow Money Minnesota's annual gathering and was inspired by the principles of Slow Money, which originated out of the slow food movement. Slow Money's mission is to catalyze the flow of capital to local food systems, connect investors to the places where they live and promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility that "bring money back down to earth."


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  • published Restaurant Week in Event Info 2016-11-21 15:58:47 -0600

    Restaurant Week

    Thursday, December 1st to Saturday, December 3rd


    We are launching the Feast! Restaurant Week this year - a partnership of the FEAST Local Food Network, People's Food Co-op, and the area's Farm to Table Restaurants. The following restaurants will have specials crafted with products from Feast! vendors and foodmakers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 1st to 3rd.

    Here's the bonus: When you order one of the Feast! specials, you will receive a 2-for-1 coupon for general admission to Feast! or a $10-off voucher for an alcohol-sampling wristband (regular price $25, includes entry fee)!


    bleuduck.jpg Bleu Duck : An American Bistro Style Restaurant in Rochester, MN that features an exhibition kitchen because these chefs know that the kitchen is where the action is.
    steam400.png Café Steam : Café Steam is Rochester Minnesota's foremost independent specialty coffee shop just a short walk from The Mayo Clinic.
    doggerylogo.png The Doggery : Tucked underground on Historic Third Street in downtown Rochester, custom cocktails are crafted by skilled mixologists and delivered by knowledgeable and friendly servers.
     grandroundslogo.jpg Grand Rounds Brew Pub : A local brewery in Rochester, MN, Grand Rounds makes good beer using the best malts, hops, and yeast, as well as fresh, local ingredients.
     peoples-food-co-op-logo.jpg Peoples Food Co-op : A community-owned food co-op in Rochester, MN.
     pescaralogo.jpg Pescara : Fresh Seafood Restaurant in downtown Rochester, MN
     looplogo.jpg The Loop : A Minneapolis restaurant, the Loop offers a large variety of menu options, from salads and sandwiches to pizza and main dishes such as the salmon, they have something for everyone!

    Zzest Cafe and Bar : Located in Rochester, MN, Zzest started as a tiny market and has expanded into a full on cafe and downtown lunch counter. They put out truly amazing modern plates, create three-course chef tastings every night, and have a craft cocktail bar.


     Tonic : Located in Rochester, MN, Tonic is a local kitchen and juice bar that uses locally sourced ingredients. Serving hearty breakfasts, wraps, salads, and soups, as well as juices featuring fresh berries and veggies, Tonic knows its community and its suppliers.





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