Tradeshow 2023




Registration is now open for 

FEAST! Local Foods Tradeshow 2024

March 21, 2024

Cannon Falls, MN



Congratulations to the 2023 Tradeshow award winners (see below)!

Learn more about past award winners on the FEAST! Blog

Click the map at left to see our tradeshow vendors

See our Sponsors


FEAST! 2023

Innovative Local Sourcing Award:

Spirit Creek Farm


FEAST! 2023

Inspiring Social Benefit Award:

Dogpatch Urban Gardens


FEAST! 2023

Local Food Champion Award:

Kowalski's Market



Tim Penny of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation presented the FEAST! Innovative Local Sourcing Award to Rick and Karola Dalen, new co-owners of Spirit Creek Farm along with nearby farm Uffda Organics, in recognition of their dedication to continuing the brand after the founders—who had been sourcing ingredients from them all along—decided to close the business




Jan Joannides of Renewing the Countryside presented the FEAST! Inspiring Social Benefit Award to Dogpatch Urban Gardens in recognition of their contributions to building community in a variety of ways, including a new food shelf. (Read more about them in Local FEAST! Vol. 5.)



Elena Byrne and Marlene Petersen presented the FEAST! Local Food Champion Award to Max Maddaus of Kowalski's Market, in recognition of them bringing in 7 out of the 34 brands that exhibited at last year's tradeshow.











Spirit Creek-Rick


7 - 9:30 am

Check-in/booth setup, continental breakfast

10 am - 1 pm

Buyers' Expo* 

12 pm

*Lunch available while Expo is ongoing

1:10 - 1:40 pm

Mini Sessions #1: Join one of five topic groups ranging from financial mgmt to food safety to marketing

1:45 - 2:15 pm

Mini Sessions #2: Switch to a different topic group, or stay and dig deeper!

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Wrap-up Celebration featuring dessert buffet, awards and remarks from FEAST! Network and partners

3:30 pm

Tour of Cannon Falls Food Businesses*
Guided tour of Cannon Falls' robust local foods scene; learn more below.



*After you have sampled, seen and spoken to everyone at the FEAST Tradeshow, take a guided bus tour of Cannon Falls!

See how this little town of under 5,000 residents has created a community for local food and beverage producers to collaborate with one another to not only develop and strengthen their brands, but also use their products to drive tourism and leverage other producers to relocate or expand their businesses to the area. There will be an opportunity to stop at the CannonBelles Cheese factory (newly completed in 2022) and also at Ferndale Market's farm store, which sells locally produced foods and beverages from the region.





FEAST! Local Foods Network 2022-23 Sponsors


The 2023 FEAST! Local Foods Tradeshow is honored to provide locally-sourced meals, with ingredients from 13 local makers, thanks to the following food sponsors:

Cannon Falls Economic Development Agency

Kowalski's Markets

Minnesota Farmers Union

Country View Dairy

Carlson Roasting

Coconut Whisk

Continental Breakfast (8-10am, VENDORS only)

Farmstead yogurt, milk & cream, Country View Dairy, Hawkeye, Iowa

Pastries, The Basic Place, Hammond, Minn.

Coffee, Carlson Roasting Co., Houston, Minn.

Herbal teas, Sacred Blossom Farm, Gilmanton, Wis.

Honey, The Bee Shed, Oronoco, Minn.


Unboxed Lunch (noon-1:30)

Sandwich ingredients:

Bread, Baker's Field Flour & Bread, Minneapolis, Minn. (grains grown and milled in Minn.)

Turkey, Ferndale Market, Cannon Falls, Minn. 

Cheese, CannonBelles, Cannon Falls, Minn. (made with local milk)

Microgreens, The Greensted, Zumbrota, Minn.


Potato Chips, Slide Gourmet Potato Chips, Madison, Wisc. (made from Wisconsin-grown potatoes)

Applesauce, Hoch Orchards & Gardens, La Crescent, Minn. 


Dessert Reception (2:30-3:30)

Sweet Potato Pie, West Indies Soul Food, St. Paul, Minn.

Bars, cookies, brownies, Laune Bread, Minneapolis, Minn. (made from grains grown and milled in Minn.)

Gluten-free cookies, Coconut Whisk, Minneapolis, Minn.


Special thanks to following makers for discounts on their products: 

Slide Gourmet Potato Chips, CannonBelles, Laune Bread, The Greensted


And to our Friends of FEAST! sponsors: 

Front Burner Accounting and GreenSeam


Tradeshow 2022 Testimonials

The show was an amazing experience. Due to the show and attending, I was able to connect with several producers I hadn’t previously been aware of. And because of those meetings, Kowalski’s has on-boarded seven new local lines so far.” 

—Britt Lindemann, Kowalski's Grocery/Dairy/Frozen Director


"I focus my business on promoting local food producers. The FEAST Tradeshow helps put me in contact with those local makers."

—Kayla Yang-Best, Seasoned Specialty Food Market


Hotel Accommodations

GrandStay Hotel

32027 Alexander Ct, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, (507) 757-1100
FEAST! Room Rate $89.00. Mention FEAST when making the reservation. 

Caravan Motel

31913 64th Ave, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, (507) 263-4777
FEAST! Room Rate $75.00. Mention FEAST when making the reservation. 


Registered Buyers represent the following businesses:

Brown Family Farm

Buchanan Grocery / Mike's Butcher Shop

City Center Market

Co-op Partners Warehouse

Ferndale Market

Grandma's Gourmets

Holmberg Orchard

Honey and Rye


Just Food Co-op

KilKenny Kitchen


Lakewinds Food Co-op

Mastel's Health Foods

Minneapolis Public Schools

Minnesota Historical Society

Oneota Food Co-op

Oxendale's Market

Park Street Inn/The Tippy Canoe

People's Food Co-op

Pod Foods

Ron-Mar Foods

Royal Foods

Seasoned Specialty Food Market

Spiral Co-op

Stillwater Food Group

Strawberries Galore & More LLC

Tangletown Gardens

The New MPLS

Three Rivers Park District


The FEAST! Local Foods Network Tradeshow Planning Committee includes:

Jennifer Alexander, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Matt Barthelemy, Renewing the Countryside

Pam Bishop, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Elena Byrne, Renewing the Countryside

Brian Erickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Shannan Harris, Red Wing Ignite/E1 Collaborative

Jan Joannides, Renewing the Countryside

John Katz, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Christopher Mazziotto, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Brett Olson, Renewing the Countryside

Tim Penny, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Marlene Petersen, Renewing the Countryside

Jason Robinson, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

John Shonyo, The Bee Shed

Michael Sparby, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

Sam Ziegler, GreenSeam


Cannon Falls Subcommittee:

Laura Qualey, Community and Economic Development Associates

Dianne Howard, City of Cannon Falls

Deeann Lufkin, CannonBelles

John Peterson, Ferndale Market

For questions about the FEAST! Tradeshow schedule, contact Elena Byrne:

608.712.8340 or [email protected]


Learn more about the FEAST! 2022 Local Foods Tradeshow 

View the 2022 program

See the 2022 event photos




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