FEAST! Local Foods SCOOP: November 2019


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NOVEMBER 2019  |  VOL. 2, NO. 5

EVENT edition!

We're eagerly counting down to the 6th Annual FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace festival, just ONE WEEK from today, on Saturday, Dec. 7th!

Keep reading for highlights on what's in store for #localfeast 2019, and make sure you follow us on social media if that's your thing!

—FEAST! Local Foods Network team members 


Got Local?

Hundreds of favorites & new discoveries await

If you've been to FEAST! before, you know there's a wide range of foods from sweet to savory, healthy to decadent. You'll also be happy to find returning vendors such as this list of folks who've attended all six years: Bare Honey, Blue Fruit Farm, Ferndale Market, Grandma's Gourmets, Kakookies, Sno Pac, and Squash Blossom Farm. Woo-hoo!

Here's a teaser of this year's new vendors to discover: Big River Kombucha from Goodview, MN, Caldo Foods, for delicious Mediterranean dips and sauces, Daddy Sam's BBQDriftless Provisions salami, Fritz Toffee CompanyGrand View Beef, Healthy Solutions organic CBD, Infusion Gardens Bloody Mary Mix, Jajja Wellness African superfoods tonics, Joanna's Premium Tonic SyrupsMadame Chu Southeast Asian Condiments, Planet Princess gluten-free buns and bagels, Sailor Mercy elderberry syrup, Scholze Family BeefSiren Shrub Co., Slide Gourmet Potato ChipsSuperior Small Batch vegan foods, UFisheries Asian-style smoked fish, Valerie's Canned Creations, Warm Fields Farm salsa and pepper jelly, and more!

Pictured: Ron Cobb was the first of FOUR winners of a local foods gift basket at FEAST! 2018.

To enter?
All you have to do is place your vote for favorite booth, and be present to win. We'll be announcing winners throughout the day next Saturday, and the winning People's Choice 2019 booth will be announced at 3:45pm.
Stay tuned to social media for details!

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See the whole FEAST! vendors list


FEAST! 2019 Cooking demos

We have an exciting lineup of demos for you to watch, learn and sample! Whether you need inspiration or just want to hear their take on kitchen philosophy, get these times in your calendar so you don't miss your fav!

10:30 — Jena Erie, People's Food Co-op Rochester Kitchen Manager


 11:30 — Erik Kleven, Head chef and co-owner, Bleu Duck Kitchen


 12:30 — Shari Mukherjee, MasterChef Season 10 Top 6 contestant  (pictured at right)


 1:30 — Adrian Williams, Tonic Local Kitchen & Juice Bar


 2:30 — Beth Dooley, cookbook author and James Beard Award Winner


Beth Dooley (pictured at right, bottom) is a returning cooking demonstrator for FEAST! and is a wonderful source of information not just on cooking and baking, but also on local foods & agriculture!

We're also excited to welcome Shari from MasterChef Season 10. Did you catch her on your tv this summer? She's just as nice in person—come and congratulate her on her Top 6 finish! Rumor has it she'll be making something easy and fun you might have seen on tv...(that's all the hint you're getting!)


More on FEAST! 2019 demo chefs





Fresh & Tasty

Popup Rochester Farmers Market

They'll be back! Rochester Farmers Market vendors are bringing their winter market to FEAST! on Dec. 7. Of over 100 members, RDFM hosts around 25-40 vendors on winter Saturdays at Graham Park (Olmsted County Fairgrounds), with holiday-themed markets Dec. 14 & 21.
At FEAST! you'll find up to a dozen farmers. You'll also see RFM produce as part of the Vegetable Alfombra and the Kids' Choice Veggie Sampling!

Farmers Markets are a great place for kids to witness the variety of colorful produce from our region and see the people responsible for that bounty. RFM also hosts The Power of Produce (PoP) Club incentive program for children, where children ages 4 to 12 receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. Kids participating in the veggie sampling in the kids' area will have a chance to win PoP tokens!

PoP Club engages children at farmers markets and empowers them to make healthful food choices! To learn more, visit the RFM info desk at FEAST!

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What does "local" mean to you?  

Win a pair of wristband tickets
for wine/cider/beer sampling at FEAST!

CONGRATULATIONS to our contest winner from August:

Brianna Elwood!

When asked how many local wineries/breweries/cideries/distilleries she's visited, Brianna said,

"I've been to MANY but right now only have 2 stamps in my winery passport 😢 hope to get 6 more stamps next weekend!"

Brianna won some peppermint bark from Shokolate Haven, profiled in the October SCOOP.

Who's Fueling FEAST!?

MORE local artists!

We're excited to add a variety of arts activities to the festival fun at FEAST! this year, and adding to that atmosphere, we have a lineup of musicians sure to please a range of tastes.

See one you don't want to miss? Plan accordingly!

10a-12p: Mary DuShane and Nick Jordan, with vintage songs from a range of genres including Appalachian and Celtic.

12p-2p: CBB Jazz Combo, featuring Nathan Davidson on saxophone and Dan "The Piano Man" Rengstorf on keys.

2p-4p: *correction* Jake Ilika and Joel Ward Guitar Duo will offer their smooth guitar grooves and vocal harmonies


We'll have local videographer Ross Ballinger there to record the fun, along with photographer Ashley Aukes of Beruck Studios. And pose for your own #AmericanGothic selfie thanks to this cutout on loan to FEAST! from REAP Food Group, who made it for Farm Aid 2019!



The interactive art will take place in the Mayo Civic Center North Lobby on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10am - 4pm.


Come PLAY with your FOOD!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

The FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace is a production of the FEAST! Local Foods Network, which is always open to new members. Founded by Renewing the Countryside (RTC) and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), both the Network and the Marketplace depend on collaboration with partner organizations and individuals.  
The Network supports local food growers and makers by boosting access to financing, peer networking, and sales opportunities. We welcome you to share this newsletter with the buttons below.

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