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2018 Minnesota - October 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

(See also: 2017  -  2016  -  2015  -  2014  -  2013  -  2012  -  2011)


September 29-Oct 14, 2018
Apple Festival
Hastings Area, Minnesota

Sept 29-October 28, 2018
Annual Nelson Farm Pumpkin Patch Festival
Litchfield, Minnesota


October 6-8, 2018
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 7, 2018  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 15-19, 2018 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

2017 Minnesota - October 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
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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


October 13-14, 2017
3rd Annual Shaktoberfest
Shakopee, Minnesota
What do you get when you pair an Oktoberfest party with Badger Hill Brewing Company located in Shakopee? Shaktoberfest, of course!  Badger Hill Brewing Company is celebrating it's annual Shaktoberfest. This year we're hosting live music in the brewery, too! Stop by the taproom all weekend for hammerschlagen, a 5K and .1K beer run, food trucks and fall activities. We begin the festivities at noon on Friday with the tapping of our Untoberfest Ale which uses the same malt bill as our Oktoberfest Marzen!

October 14, 2017 - 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 14-15, 2017  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!

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

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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 - AppleFest - 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


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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 11-17, 2015
National Bulk Foods Week
The Bulk is Green Council

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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October 16, 2014  4x4: Scandinavian Dinner & Minnesota Wines
Chaska, Minnesota
A toast to Minnesota's Scandinavian heritage! Beatrice Ojakangas is the author of more than twenty cookbooks, including The Great Scandinavian Baking Book, Scandinavian Feasts, The Great Holiday Baking Book, and Quick Breads. You will be delighted by her deep understanding of Scandinavian culinary traditions and how to bring new appreciation to them through Minnesota wines. Books will be available for sale and signing.

October 25, 2014  Palm Size Pies - Savory Harvest - Chaska, Minnesota
You will work with your tablemates to create an assortment of these delicious harvest gems to take home with you using autumn harvest ingredients like parsnips, butternut squash and wild mushrooms.

2013 Minnesota - October 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

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October 11, 2013  Home Brewers’ Festival - Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Samples from more than 20 wine and beer makers. There will also be a beer making information and demonstrations, a silent auction of homemade wine and beer, and delicious appetizers.


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October 22-24, 2012  Export Exchange - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Presented by the US Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association, the event will focus on the international export market for U.S. coarse grains and co-products. Over 500 buyers and sellers will be in attendance

2011 Minnesota - October 2011

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October 8, 2011  An Apple Affair 2011 - Winona, Minnesota
4th annual fundraising event with apple orchards around the area displaying thier apples and products. There will also be a silent auction, entertainment, and a pork loin dinner. Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. Contact 507-454-5212 for more information. The Winona Friendship center is located at the corner of 5th and Main St.

Oct 26, 2011  29th Annual Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting
Minneapolis, Minnesota
This annual event, sponsored by Hennepin Lake Liquor, Il Gatto, Calhoun Square and Great Clips, helps to raise money for community organizations in the Uptown area. Last year the event raised over $290,000 for Uptown neighborhoods. Featuring over 400 varieties of wine. Please sample responsibly.



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