Join us for the
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Thursday, March 17, 2022
The Grand O2 Event Center [view venue]
The FEAST! tradeshow day includes a Buyers' Expo, Lunch and Awards Presentation, and Makers' Forum panel discussions.
New for 2022, this Spring Tradeshow event will focus on business growth and relationships with buyers—there is no public component to the event, and no online marketplace. As shown below, registration is limited to vendors, buyers, and a small number of available spaces for aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to attend to learn with the "Attendee" registration.
The lunch features a keynote address from Paul Willis of Niman Ranch, (pictured, right) co-founder of Niman Ranch, a network of small, independent, U.S. family farmers raising livestock humanely and sustainably. Paul will share insights about how he scaled up his business responsibly and maintained strong dedication to his founding principles. Today, Niman Ranch products are available at thousands of grocers nationwide and on the menu of some of the country’s most celebrated restaurants and values-driven fast casual chains.
As Paul says, they are the “to” in Farm to Fork. “I’m glad to have been able to offer an economically viable way for farms to adopt humane standards that are good for the animals, good for the farm, and good for the consumer.” as well as the presentation of the FEAST! awards for innovative local sourcing and inspiring social benefit, along with a new Local Food Champion award recognizing retailers who work to promote local foods.
Catered lunch will be provided by The Local Plate MN.
The afternoon schedule offers sessions addressing creative financing (2pm), e-commerce practices (3pm), and an entrepreneur panel dedicated to discussing strategies for sharing your story (4pm). There will also be opportunities to step out for a 30-min driving tour of the many local foods businesses in and around Cannon Falls, culminating with a mini tour of the new CannonBelles cheesemaking facility.
Finally, join us afterwards across the way at the GrandStay Hotel for a networking reception, hosted by the Cannon Falls host subcommittee.
SUPPORT SERVICES REGISTRATION
(50% discount for vendors who registered for/attended Fall 2021 FEAST! Festival)
Booth: 8' table, chairs, and
Includes space at a lit table, listing on event program, introduction during the welcome, plus attendee registration.
First 40 buyers in the door receive a
2022 SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
|Speakers & Sessions Detail|
List of 2022 registered buyers:
Abundant Kitchen [Buffalo, MN]
Blossom Hill Orchard & Farm [Preston, MN]
Co-op Partners Warehouse [Minneapolis, MN]
Costco Wholesale [Rochester, MN]
Farmhouse Market [New Prague, MN]
Just Food Co-op [Northfield, MN]
Kowalski's Market [Woodbury, MN]
Lakewinds Food Co-op [Eden Prairie, MN]
Parkway Market & Coffeehouse [Lanesboro, MN]
Pedal Pushers Cafe [Lanesboro, MN]
People's Food Co-op [La Crosse, WI]
RonMar Foods [Minnetonka, MN]
Seasoned Specialty Food Market [Saint Paul, MN]
Spiral Food Co-op [Hastings, MN]
The Greensted [Zumbrota, MN]
Victual [Remer, MN]
Waconia Public Schools - Cafe #110 [Waconia, MN]
Thank you to our Reception Sponsors!
Join us at the GrandStay Hotel for drinks, bites, and off-topic convo of all kinds...5-7 pm or as long as you'd like to linger!
FEAST! 2017 Vendor reception at the Mayo Civic Center Art Center. Photo by Jesse Womack.
The FEAST! Local Foods Network Tradeshow Planning Committee:
Jennifer Alexander, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Pam Bishop, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Elena Byrne, Renewing the Countryside
Brian Erickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Eli Goodwell, Renewing the Countryside
Shannan Harris, Red Wing Ignite/E1 Collaborative
Jan Joannides, Renewing the Countryside
John Katz, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Brett Olson, 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, email [email protected].
See the FEAST! 2022 Local Foods Tradeshow program at right:
View past FEAST! Tradeshow Programs: