Tradeshow 2023

 

Join us for the next

FEAST! Local Foods Tradeshow:

Thursday, March 23

The Grand O2 Event Center

32057 64th Ave
Cannon Falls, Minnesota
 

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Registration is open for buyers and vendors - see links below.

More details to come, including registration links for support services and aspiring entrepreneur attendees—contact [email protected] with questions.

VENDOR REGISTRATION

 

BUYER REGISTRATION

Cost: $175*

*Full price = $200 after Feb. 2

Booth: 8' table, chairs, and
2 staff registrations, incl. lunch

 

Cost: Free

Includes buyer swag bag, lunch, and option to sign up for Tour of Cannon Falls Food Businesses

 

2023 SCHEDULE OVERVIEW 

7 - 9:30 am

Check-in/booth setup, continental breakfast

10 am - 1 pm

Buyers' Expo* 

12 pm

*Boxed lunches available

1 - 1:30 pm

Mini Sessions #1: Join one of six topic groups ranging from financial mgmt to food safety to marketing

1:40 - 2:15 pm

Mini Sessions #2: Switch to a different topic group, or stay and dig deeper!

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Reception featuring dessert buffet, awards and remarks from FEAST! Network and partners

3:30 pm

Tour of Cannon Falls Food Businesses (optional - additional fee will apply - signup coming in February)

Tradeshow 2022 Testimonials

The show was an amazing experience. Due to the show and attending, I was able to connect with several producers I hadn’t previously been aware of. And because of those meetings, Kowalski’s has on-boarded seven new local lines so far.” 

—Britt Lindemann, Kowalski's Grocery/Dairy/Frozen Director

 

"I focus my business on promoting local food producers. The FEAST Tradeshow helps put me in contact with those local makers."

—Kayla Yang-Best, Seasoned Specialty Food Market

 

"For years I have wanted to attend the FEAST tradeshow, and this March I was able to make it happen. Not only did I meet many new amazing vendors and connect with buyers from all over the region, but I was able to show my products to the grocery buyer from Kowalski's and that was worth its weight in GOLD. We got a meeting with Kowalski's and now they carry us in all of their 11 stores. I am grateful to FEAST and the MN Dept of Agriculture for putting on such a valuable event. If you want to grow your business regionally, commit to attending this event - you won't regret it!!"

—Tasya Kelen, Isadore Nut Co.

 


Hotel Accommodations

GrandStay Hotel

32027 Alexander Ct, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, (507) 757-1100
Mention FEAST when making the reservation for a 10% Discount

Caravan Motel

31913 64th Ave, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, (507) 263-4777
FEAST! Room Rate $75.00. Mention FEAST when making the reservation. 

 


Promotional flyers

Download / print / share with wholesale buyers and food businesses:

FOR BUYERS FOR FOOD BUSINESSES

 

 

 


The FEAST! Local Foods Network Tradeshow Planning Committee includes:

Jennifer Alexander, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Matt Barthelemy, Renewing the Countryside

Pam Bishop, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Elena Byrne, Renewing the Countryside

Brian Erickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Shannan Harris, Red Wing Ignite/E1 Collaborative

Jan Joannides, Renewing the Countryside

John Katz, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Christopher Mazziotto, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Brett Olson, Renewing the Countryside

Tim Penny, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Marlene Petersen, 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, contact Elena Byrne:

608.712.8340 or [email protected]

 

Learn more about the FEAST! 2022 Local Foods Tradeshow 

View the 2022 program

See the 2022 event photos

 


 

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