The 2024 FEAST! Local Foods Tradeshow is a wrap!

Congratulations to the award winners!

Read the full article about the 2024 Tradeshow Awards

2024 Local Foods Champion Award

Ferndale Market

2024 Innovative Local Sourcing Award

Hidden Springs Creamery

2024 Inspiring Social Benefit Award

Indigenous Food Lab



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) 263-477

Buyers are registered from the following businesses:


Almsted's Enterprises

Brine’s Market & Deli

Cannon Falls Area Schools

CannonBelles Coffee and Ice Cream

Chris' Food Center

City Center Market

Cultivate Mankato Early Childcare Development

Fox Coulee Fresh Farms

Fresh Thyme Market

Hutchinson Public Schools

Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA)

Indigenous Food Lab Market

Just Food Co-op

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

Minnesota Grocers Association

MN Dept of Education


National Co+op Grocers (NCG)

Neighborly Gifts

Oneota Community Cooperative

People's Food Coop

Pepin Brands

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools

Rochester Public Schools

RonMar Foods

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Nutrition Services

Roseville Area Schools

Saint Charles Public Schools

Spiral Food Co-op

Strawberries Galore & More LLC

Super Fresh

Target Corp


University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Waconia Public School District

Wayzata Public Schools

Wedge Community Co-ops

Willow River School

Winona 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




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




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.












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