Join us for the FEAST! Local Foods Tradeshow

March 21, 2024

Cannon Falls, MN

Registration is now open! Choose from 3 categories listed below.

WHOLESALE
BUYERS:

FOOD
BUSINESSES:

ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS &
SUPPORT SERVICES:

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2024 SCHEDULE OVERVIEW 

Click here to see our FEAST! 2023-24 Sponsors

 

7 - 9:30 am

Check-in/booth setup, continental breakfast

10 am - 2 pm

Buyers' Expo* 
Click to see Exhibitor Directory

12 pm

*Lunch available while Expo is ongoing

2 - 2:30 pm

FEAST! Network awards and remarks + dessert buffet

2:30 - 4 pm

FEAST! Founders Forum
Led by Kate LaBrosse, Vice Chair of Naturally Minnesota and a seasoned CPG industry expert, this session is all about harnessing the vast wisdom in the room and enabling founders to help each other. Come ready with questions on operations, retail success, team development, channel strategy, product development, logistics and more. This is not just a workshop; it's a collaborative space where the room's collective experience becomes a powerful resource. Make sure to stick around after the expo for this session of shared knowledge, mutual support, and the camaraderie of founders working together to overcome challenges and foster success in the dynamic world of CPG.

 

 


For questions about the FEAST! Tradeshow schedule, contact Elena Byrne:

608.712.8340 or [email protected]

 

Hotel Accommodations

GrandStay Hotel

32027 Alexander Ct, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, (507) 757-1100
FEAST! 10% discount available - mention FEAST when reserving room. 

Caravan Motel

31913 64th Ave, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, (507) 263-4777
FEAST! Room Rate pending. 


Buyers are registered from the following businesses:

 

Brine’s Market & Deli

City Center Market

Fresh Thyme Market

Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA)

Keepsake Cidery

Kowalski's Markets

Lakeview Terrace Farmers Market

Lakewinds Food Co-op

Lund Food Holdings (Lunds & Byerlys)

Mackenthun's Fine Foods

Mastel's Health Foods

Minneapolis Public Schools

MN Dept of Education

 

Oneota Community Cooperative

People's Food Coop

Pepin Brands

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools

RonMar Foods

Spiral Food Co-op

Strawberries Galore & More LLC.

Super Fresh

Target Corp

UNFI

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Waconia Public School District


Tradeshow 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

 



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

Allison Hohn, Naturally Minnesota

Jan Joannides, Renewing the Countryside

Kate LaBrosse, Kate LaBrosse Consulting

Brett Olson, Renewing the Countryside

Tim Penny, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Marlene Petersen, Renewing the Countryside

Jason Robinson, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

Michael Sparby, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

Sam Ziegler, GreenSeam

 

Cannon Falls Subcommittee:

Laura Qualey, Community and Economic Development Associates

Deeann Lufkin, CannonBelles

John Peterson, Ferndale Market

 


 

2023 PHOTO GALLERY

Spirit Creek-Rick

 

Congratulations to the 2023 Tradeshow award winners (see below)!

Learn more about past award winners on the FEAST! Blog

 

FEAST! 2023

Innovative Local Sourcing Award:

Spirit Creek Farm

 

FEAST! 2023

Inspiring Social Benefit Award:

Dogpatch Urban Gardens

 

FEAST! 2023

Local Food Champion Award:

Kowalski's Market

 

 

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

WATCH PRESENTATION

WATCH ACCEPTANCE

 

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.)

WATCH

 

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.

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