- Peer Networks
- Feast Financing
- Grow a Farmer loan program
- Smart Start technical assistance program
- FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace festival and tradeshow events
• To link entrepreneurs to information and business expertise
• To boost entrepreneurs access to financial support
• To increase and strengthen regional connections
We're celebrating 10 years of programming and collaborations to support local foods in our region!
FEAST! Local Foods Network programs are supported by: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Renewing the Countryside, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Utilization Research Initiative, University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, City of Cannon Falls, Compeer Financial, Region Nine Development Commission, and the mission-aligned sponsors that help make our work possible.
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ABOUT THE FEAST! LOCAL FOODS MARKETPLACE
The event was created to see current local food producers and businesses in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin flourish, and for new businesses get established. Exhibitor applications are reviewed to select vendors with strong value propositions who source local ingredients when possible.
Industry-only Tradeshow: Regional food businesses who are accepted to attend have the opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, technical assistance providers, and wholesale buyers. Our next tradeshow will be held Thursday, March 23, 2023 in Cannon Falls, MN.
Public Festival: At the Saturday festival the businesses offer samples, tell their story, and sell their artisan products to the public. Learn more on the event pages, here or view our photo gallery. Our next festival will be Saturday, November 5, 2022 in Rochester, MN.
By developing a food system that continues to support local producers and foodmakers, we are also supporting the economic development in our region. This event was made to help businesses grow.
The FEAST! Local Foods Magazine was launched in November 2018 as a preview of the FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace and as a means for sharing the vision, goals, and people behind the event. Volumes 2-4 followed in October 2019, 2020, and 2021. All issues are available online here.
In May of 2016 the Network received an award from the Environmental Initiative. Read more about that here.
Please enjoy two great KSMQ interviews with FEAST! Network leaders below. First, this Fall 2021 interview with SMIF's Tim Penny:
During the second FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace in 2015, the KSMQ public television program Off 90 came to the tradeshow and interviewed Jan Joannides about the event, as well as talked with some of the vendors. Host Barbara Keith was very entertaining!