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2015 Minnesota - January 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
(See also: 2014 - 2013 - 2012)

January 8-11, 2015  Minnesota Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show
St. Paul, Minnesota
The 45th Annual Minnesota Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show highlights the best of the great outdoors with hundreds of exhibits featuring new model boats, RVs, motors, docks, marine electronics, fishing gear, and hunting and camping equipment. Also enjoy the Great Bear Show, free seminars by well-known hunting & fishing pros, Kids' Fishing School, and Live Trout Pond.

January 9-10, 2015  20th Annual Ice Fest - Breezy Point, Minnesota
Experience hard water fun on Pelican Lake during the 20th annual Ice Fest in Breezy Point! Highlights include dogsled rides, hot air balloon rides, radar runs, an ice slide, vendor craft fair, kids' fishing program & fishing Olympics, horse drawn trolley rides, live entertainment throughout town, snow golf, bonfires, fireworks, and Blinkie Button specials at area merchants.


January 9-10, 2015  Annual Minnesota Organic Conference & Trade Show
St. Cloud, Minnesota
This conference provides great information about organic agriculture to excite experienced organic producers as well as people new to this farming system.

January 14-16, 2015  Northern Green Expo - Minneapolis, Minnesota

January 15-16, 2015
Upper Midwest Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference & Trade Show
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Sessions include vegetable production, small fruit production, marketing, risk management and much more.  The trade show features the latest in equipment, seed, tools and more.

January 17, 2015  Mankato Craft Beer Expo - Mankato, Minnesota
The expo will showcase the offerings of craft breweries here in Minnesota, as well as all over the United States. Attendees to the expo will have the opportunity to sample beers from 40 different craft breweries in a commemorative sampling glass.  In addition to this, they can enjoy educational seminars throughout the day covering subjects such as Food Pairing, Homebrewing, and the History of Brewing in Minnesota. With brewery and distributor representatives on hand to answer questions, attendees will be able to have an enjoyable and educational experience learning about beer, its components and flavors.  Live music, food, various beer related vendors will be available as well.

January 17, 2015  Candle Light Ski & Chili Cook Off 2015
Preston, Minnesota
Enjoy an evening of skiing along the Root River Trail system by candlelight, followed by a Chili Cook-Off Contest.

January 20, 2015  Taste of Elegance - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Annual culinary pork competition, Taste of Elegance. Chefs from across the state create their original recipes and compete for the $1,500 grand prize.  Minnesota Taste of Elegance is sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board.

January 21-22, 2015  Minnesota Pork Congress - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Trade Show and Seminars.  Minnesota's only swine specific tradeshow. Dedicated exclusively to Pork producers and Pork production.


January 22, 2015  Dinner with Chef 2015 - Chaska, Minnesota
At MN Landscape Arboretum.  Twin Cities top chefs love guest-cooking at the Arboretum! Meet other good food fans during a delicious dinner with three wine tastings that complement the menu. In addition to getting insider cooking tips from the chefs, you'll receive recipes, sommelier wine notes and recommendations on where to find the best ingredients. You can just sit back, watch the meal unfold, sip some wine and dine.

January 22, 2015  New Scenic Café Dinner and Cookbook Signing 2015
Chaska, Minnesota
The creative force behind the New Scenic Café in Duluth, chef Scott Graden enjoys sharing his cooking artistry with others. Spend a special evening experiencing the New Scenic Café right here at the Arboretum! Chef Scott knows the value of local, rural food source connections and his loyal foodie community has enjoyed his culinary adventures for over 15 years. His teaching style is innovative and graspable and his goal is to capture the essence of each ingredient.  His recently published, beautiful cookbook will be available for purchase and signing.

January 22-February 1, 2015  Saint Paul Winter Carnival
St. Paul, Minnesota
Join in the merriment at the “Coolest Celebration on Earth,” the 129th annual St. Paul Winter Carnival! Just some of the many festivities include Parades, Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler, Klondike Kate Cabaret, World's Toughest BBQ, Ice Palace, Ice Carving Competitions, Snow Sculpture, Orchid Show, Snow Plow Competition, Sled Dog Race, World's Toughest Rodeo, Art Shows, Fireworks Display, etc., etc.

January 24, 2015  The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival - St. Paul, Minnesota
The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival is back for a fifth year! With more than 120 local, regional, and national breweries sampling the best craft beer around, live music, gourmet food from local food trucks and carts, a homebrew contest, Silent Disco, and fun winter activities, the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2015 is the biggest outdoor beer festival Minnesota has to offer.

January 24, 2015  Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza
Brainerd, Minnesota
World's Largest Charitable Ice Fishing Contest. Hole In The Day Bay on Gull Lake will be the location of the 24th Annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza, an ice fishing contest where anglers compete for more than $150,000 in cash and prizes including a new truck, ATVs, ice augers, ice fishing equipment and more! Join 10,000 anglers from around the world.  Amazing food and beverage samples, live music, an auction, games and raffles, and a chance to chat with local fishing pros that will be on hand to share tricks of the trade!

January 30, 2015  15th Annual Gourmet Food Auction
Albert Lea, Minnesota
Area gourmet chefs serve their best items and auction dinners, picnics, catering, trips and vacation packages, and entertainment such as theatre packages. Funds raised go towards bringing in re-enactors for area students to experience the fur trade period at Big Island Rendezvous Education Days.


2014 Minnesota - January 2014
events still waiting for new dates

January 9, 2014  4x4 Culinary Wine Series: Ringing In the New Year
Minn Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minnesota
Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, chef, entrepreneur, and Award-winning author of "Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen-Gourmet Cuisine With A Cultural Flair"


2013 Minnesota - January 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
events still waiting for new dates

January 24-25, 2013  MBWA 2013 Annual Conference - St. Paul, Minn.
Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association.


2012 Minnesota - January 2012
events still waiting for new dates

January 25-29, 2012  7th Annual Frozen River Film Festival - Winona, MN
The Frozen River Film Festival identifies and offers programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. The festival pairs films with national caliber speakers to foster dialogue about the themes of the film choices. Join us for over 40 documentaries, workshops, speakers and musical performances. Food related films in 2012 include Queen of the Sun, a look at the bee crisis and the mysterious world of the beehive; Truck Farm, about a truck that has been converted to grow plants on the streets of New York City; and Mad City Chickens, a serious, yet whimsical film about people who keep urban chickens in their backyards.


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