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 BBQ, Driftless Provisions salami, Fritz Toffee Company, Grand View Beef, Healthy Solutions organic CBD, Infusion Gardens Bloody Mary Mix, Jajja Wellness African superfoods tonics, Joanna's Premium Tonic Syrups, Madame Chu Southeast Asian Condiments, Planet Princess gluten-free buns and bagels, Sailor Mercy elderberry syrup, Scholze Family Beef, Siren Shrub Co., Slide Gourmet Potato Chips, Superior 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.
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!
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!)
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!
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:
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.
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