On November 2nd and 3rd, 2014, a collaboration of organizations, agencies, and businesses hosted Feast, a regional local foods festival and tradeshow in Rochester, MN at the Rochester Civic Center.  The event showcased the best local food producers and makers from Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin and was the first of its kind in the region.


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On Sunday, November 2 at 10am, we will open the doors to the public for a festival themed: “Homegrown for the Holidays.” Farmers and foodmakers will showcase their products at over 100 exhibit booths, chefs will demonstrate holiday cooking, and foodmakers and educators will present an array of interesting workshops. The festival will include a children’s activity area, live music, and a local beer and wine tasting event. Click here for more information or here for the day's programming in PDF format.

Monday, November 3 will be an industry-only conference and tradeshow, exclusively for food growers, makers, and buyers, beginning at 8:30am. The conference will offer a range of workshops, access to technical assistance, 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 learn how to more effectively source more local and regional foods. Click here for information.


FEAST wishes to thank the following organizations for their generous support of the Festival and Tradeshow


Premier Partners    



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 Silver Sponsor

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Media Sponsors

Special Thank You to our Coordinating Committee Chairs
Tradeshow: David Krueger & Pam Bishop; Festival: Jan Joannides; Logistics: Melissa Langer; Marketing: Brad Smith & Brett Olson; Sponsorship: Erin Meier & Jennifer Nelson
Thank you to following organizations and businesses who helped plan these events.
AURI, Cannon Falls EDA, Channel One, Community and Economic Development Associates, Kwik Trip, Lanesboro Local, Living Greens, Olmsted County Public Health, Organic Processing Institute, People's Food Co-op, Region Nine Development Commission, Renewing the Countryside, Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rural Advantage, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, UM SE Sustainable Partnership, USDA Rural Development, Winona County


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