FEAST! Local Foods Tradeshow 2023 is a wrap!
Congratulations to this year's award winners (see below)!
Learn more about past award winners on the FEAST! Blog.
Click the map at left to see our tradeshow vendors
Innovative Local Sourcing Award:
Spirit Creek Farm
Inspiring Social Benefit Award:
Dogpatch Urban Gardens
Local Food Champion Award:
Tim Penny of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation presented the FEAST! Innovative Local Sourcing Award to Rick and Karola Dalen, new co-owners of Spirit Creek Farm along with nearby farm Uffda Organics, in recognition of their dedication to continuing the brand after the founders—who had been sourcing ingredients from them all along—decided to close the business.
Jan Joannides of Renewing the Countryside presented the FEAST! Inspiring Social Benefit Award to Dogpatch Urban Gardens in recognition of their contributions to building community in a variety of ways, including a new food shelf. (Read more about them in Local FEAST! Vol. 5.)
Elena Byrne and Marlene Petersen presented the FEAST! Local Food Champion Award to Max Maddaus of Kowalski's Market, in recognition of them bringing in 7 out of the 34 brands that exhibited at last year's tradeshow.
2023 SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
7 - 9:30 am
Check-in/booth setup, continental breakfast
10 am - 1 pm
*Lunch available while Expo is ongoing
1:10 - 1:40 pm
Mini Sessions #1: Join one of five topic groups ranging from financial mgmt to food safety to marketing
1:45 - 2:15 pm
Mini Sessions #2: Switch to a different topic group, or stay and dig deeper!
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Wrap-up Celebration featuring dessert buffet, awards and remarks from FEAST! Network and partners
Tour of Cannon Falls Food Businesses*
*After you have sampled, seen and spoken to everyone at the FEAST Tradeshow, take a guided bus tour of Cannon Falls!
See how this little town of under 5,000 residents has created a community for local food and beverage producers to collaborate with one another to not only develop and strengthen their brands, but also use their products to drive tourism and leverage other producers to relocate or expand their businesses to the area. There will be an opportunity to stop at the CannonBelles Cheese factory (newly completed in 2022) and also at Ferndale Market's farm store, which sells locally produced foods and beverages from the region.
The 2023 FEAST! Local Foods Tradeshow is honored to provide locally-sourced meals, with ingredients from 13 local makers, thanks to the following food sponsors:
Cannon Falls Economic Development Agency
Minnesota Farmers Union
Country View Dairy
Continental Breakfast (8-10am, VENDORS only)
Farmstead yogurt, milk & cream, Country View Dairy, Hawkeye, Iowa
Pastries, The Basic Place, Hammond, Minn.
Coffee, Carlson Roasting Co., Houston, Minn.
Herbal teas, Sacred Blossom Farm, Gilmanton, Wis.
Honey, The Bee Shed, Oronoco, Minn.
Unboxed Lunch (noon-1:30)
Bread, Baker's Field Flour & Bread, Minneapolis, Minn. (grains grown and milled in Minn.)
Turkey, Ferndale Market, Cannon Falls, Minn.
Cheese, CannonBelles, Cannon Falls, Minn. (made with local milk)
Microgreens, The Greensted, Zumbrota, Minn.
Potato Chips, Slide Gourmet Potato Chips, Madison, Wisc. (made from Wisconsin-grown potatoes)
Applesauce, Hoch Orchards & Gardens, La Crescent, Minn.
Dessert Reception (2:30-3:30)
Sweet Potato Pie, West Indies Soul Food, St. Paul, Minn.
Bars, cookies, brownies, Laune Bread, Minneapolis, Minn. (made from grains grown and milled in Minn.)
Gluten-free cookies, Coconut Whisk, Minneapolis, Minn.
Special thanks to following makers for discounts on their products:
Slide Gourmet Potato Chips, CannonBelles, Laune Bread, The Greensted
And to our Friends of FEAST! sponsors:
Front Burner Accounting and GreenSeam
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
32027 Alexander Ct, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, (507) 757-1100
FEAST! Room Rate $89.00. Mention FEAST when making the reservation.
31913 64th Ave, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, (507) 263-4777
FEAST! Room Rate $75.00. Mention FEAST when making the reservation.
Registered Buyers represent the following businesses:
Brown Family Farm
Buchanan Grocery / Mike's Butcher Shop
City Center Market
Co-op Partners Warehouse
Honey and Rye
Just Food Co-op
Lakewinds Food Co-op
Mastel's Health Foods
Minneapolis Public Schools
Minnesota Historical Society
Oneota Food Co-op
Park Street Inn/The Tippy Canoe
People's Food Co-op
Seasoned Specialty Food Market
Stillwater Food Group
Strawberries Galore & More LLC
The New MPLS
Three Rivers Park District
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