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October 11, 2020
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

October 12-16, 2020 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

2019 Minnesota - October 2019
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
events waiting for new dates

October 4-6, 2019 - Excelsior Docktoberfest - Excelsior, Minnesota
Docktoberfest is an annual celebration of the ritualistic harvesting of the docks—that time of year when we say “see ya later” to summer and bring the docks ashore. Heavy from a season of soaking up fun (and water), hauling them in can be hard work! So we celebrate these docks, and those who harvest them, in a party of pierless proportions.  As the tradition calls for, there will be refreshing season brews, delicious food and fare, live music and authentic Docktoberfest bar games. Most importantly, it’s a time of year when a community can come together to drink while we dry, and have a great time doing it.

October 5-Dec 1, 2019  Fall Flower Show - St. Paul, Minnesota
While many Minnesota gardens are winding down for the winter season, the Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory will be in full bloom! The Fall Flower Show features a variety of chrysanthemums. The colors for the show are red,maroon, gold, yellow and purple. Swiss chard and chilly chili peppers will serve to accentuate the red and yellow chrysanthemums.

October 6, 2019  Smaczne Jablka - Winona, Minnesota
Polish Cultural Institute and Museum.  Smaczne Jablka (Tasty Apple Festival) from 11:00 to 4:00 at the Museum.  Activities for the entire family. Greeters in authentic Polish folk costumes, live music including a polka band, international dancers from Winona to perform Polish folk dances at 2:00, wagon rides for the children, face painting, pumpkin painting.  Food menu: pierogi, golabki (cabbage rolls) kielbasa, grits and baloney, Polish rye bread, poppy seed coffee cake, paczki (jelly-filled donuts) and all things apple – apple pie, apple crisp, apple juice, fresh apples and more. Zywiec Polish beer.

October 12, 2019  PumpkinFest - Aurora, Minnesota
Aurora's Pumpkinfest, held annually in October, attracts both young and old to it's craft displays, quilt show, children's activities and variety of tasty food.  Stagecoach rides and a great clown are only part of the entertainment during this harvest-time event.


October 12-13, 2019 - Harvest Fest and Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Stillwater, Minnesota
Chili Cook-Off, Microbrew tasting, Giant Pumpkin weigh-Off, Pumpkin Regatta, Live Music, Kids constume parade, Seasonal food vendors, Pedal Tractor Pull, face painting, Pie Eating Contest, and more!

October 19, 2019 - Annual Autumn Brew Review
Minneapolis, Minnesota
This annual outdoor fall festival is one of the biggest beer festivals in the state, with 100+ breweries from all over the U.S. entertaining and educating 3,000 attendees on the great craft beer brewed in this state and beyond. ABR also has live music and food trucks to enhance the lively atmosphere brought by attendees at this Minneapolis favorite.

October 21, 2019 - Chefs for Change - Minneapolis, Minnesota
People Serving People is pleased to announce Chefs for Change, a unique dining event that provides the opportunity for local foodies and chefs to give back to their community.  Attendees are invited to People Serving People’s shelter dining hall to enjoy a chef’s table experience provided by The Lowery restaurant.

2018 Minnesota - October 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
events waiting for new dates

October 11, 2018  Annual Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Samples from more than 400 varieties of wine. Light appetizers provided by Uptown-area restaurants.  33 years of supporting neighborhoods, raising more than $363,000.

2017 Minnesota - October 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
events waiting for new dates

October 7, 2017 - Johnny Appleseed Day - Lake City, Minnesota
Craft Fair, Apple Peeling Contest, Fire Department Open House, Library Storytime, Lake City Arts Council Show/Sale, Farmer's Market, Gramm's Rocks, Pinewood Derby Races, Vendor Sale, Scarecrow Contest, Music in Patton Park.

2016 Minnesota - October 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events waiting for new dates

October 2, 2016 -  BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl - Duluth, Minnesota
The event will connect Duluth’s craft beer, music, and running communities, offering participants a unique opportunity to sample local beer and music while traversing a path that links local breweries and beer-centric venues. Proceeds will benefit young musicians, supporting programs such as the Duluth Music Resource Center and FOBMF‘s scholarship, fellowship, and other charitable programs.


October 6-8, 2016
Saint Paul Food Opera
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Zeitgeist, composer Ben Houge, and an all-star cast of Saint Paul chefs are teaming up to mix the musical and culinary arts in the Saint Paul Food Opera.

October 22, 2016
Alexandria, Minnesota
Hay rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, food and craft vendors, contests for the best apple pie, heaviest pumpkin and largest green pepper, and of course lots of Carlos Creek apples and wine!

October 28, 2016
James Beard Foundation's 2016 Taste America
Bloomington, Minnesota

October 29, 2016
James Beard Foundation's Taste America
Woodbury, Minnesota


events waiting for new dates

October 8, 2015
Harvest Dinner: Coalition Restaurant & ENKI Brewing
Chaska, Minnesota

October 8, 2015
Lake City, Minnesota
Wabasha County Historical Society presents OktoberFest 2015.  Celebrating the history of brewing beer in Wabasha County.

October 28, 2015 - 31st Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting Fund Raiser - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Guests will be able to sample over 400 varieties of wines along with light appetizers by renowned Chef Todd Mcdonald of Parella Restaurant.  This is the oldest and largest wine tasting community fundraiser in Minnesota. The money raised has been used for purchasing bicycles & vests for the 5th Precinct Police officers, block clubs organizing, community newspapers, movies in the park, community gardens, support of disadvantaged students, ice cream socials, amongst other neighborhood activities.



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