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September 12, 2015  Bacon and Beer Classic - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Bacon and Beer Classic is a one-of-a-kind event hosted inside baseball parks and stadiums across America. It is a premier experience focused on traditions where one’s nostalgia of baseball meets their love for bacon and beer. As the attendees walk through the stadium they will get a taste of history through the hundreds of craft brew samples and mouth-watering bacon-inspired tastes local restaurants cook up. Music will get people dancing, interactive games will bring out their inner kid, and the cooking demos and beer schools will teach everyone – from the expert to the novice – a thing or two about bacon and beer.  All of our events are all inclusive! From the moment you walk into the park, it's all about the experience, and not about opening up your wallet.


September 12, 2015
Smokin' Ribfest
Hinckley, Minnesota
BBQ Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Wings, Brisket, Beer, Refreshments, Live Music, Craft Vendors, Lots of Family Fun.  Free Admission - Open to the Public.

September 19, 2015
Annual Autumn Brew Review
Minneapolis, Minn.
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.


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 5-7, 2014  68th Annual Kellogg Watermelon Festival
Kellogg, Minnesota
This festival takes place along the Mississippi River and has a vintage tractor ride, soap box derby, chicken-que, music and parade. Always a good time!  (also: )

September 6, 2014  Summer Beer Dabbler at Midway Stadium
St. Paul, Minnesota
The Summer Beer Dabbler is back for a sixth year and we're excited to announce its exciting new location—Midway Stadium.  Join us from 5:00pm–9:00pm on the baseball field for great craft beer samples, delicious food, live music and more entertainment. Tickets are $40 advance, $50 on the day of the event.

September 6, 2014  Caledonia Rotary Brewfest - Caledonia, Minnesota
Spend a  relaxing afternoon sampling domestic and international brews and wines.  It’s a great time to socialize, relax and enjoy some good entertainment.  Admission is $20.00.  Proceeds from Brewfest will be used to support community projects.

September 6-7, 2014  15th Annual Grape Stomp Festival
Stillwater, Minnesota
Saint Croix Vineyards.  It’s free and fun for the whole family! Take a turn stomping grapes the old-fashioned way or let your kids give it a try. Prizes will be awarded to those with the best grape-stomping style (as determined by audience applause).  Bring a picnic, take a tour of the vineyard and winery, listen to live music, and, of course, enjoy our award-winning wines!  Grape stomping competitions for both kids and adults will be held at approximately 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 each day. A drawing will be held to determine who will compete in the competitions…please enter your name in the drawing when you arrive. Don’t worry if you are not chosen to compete, everyone will get a chance to stomp grapes between competitions.


September 6-10, 2014  68th Annual National Barrow Show
Austin, Minnesota
The annual National Barrow Show is the World Series of Swine Shows. America's premier purebred hog show brings exhibitors and buyers from around the world.

September 11, 2014  Dinner with Chef - 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.

September 11-14, 2014  Unplugged XIII - Grand Marais, Minnesota
Enjoy a weekend of Autumn colors & celebration filled with music, food, traditional fish boil, and viewing traditional craft workmanship by guest artisans. North House Folk School promotes learning & preserving knowledge, skills, & crafts of the past & present.

September 12-13, 2014  5th Annual King Turkey Day Festival
Worthington, Minnesota
Where else can you find race teams herding their star "athletes" (wild racing turkeys) down main street? The Great Gobbler Gallop is part of Worthington, Minnesota's very own King Turkey Day festival.

September 12-14, 2014  Grape Stomp & Fall Festival
Alexandria, Minnesota
Carlos Creek Winery.  Come join us for a weekend filled with wine, food, stomping & shopping! This festival has it all: live music all day for all three days, grape stomping, amatuer wine making contest, over 150 vendors, a man cave with Summit beer and much, much more!

September 13, 2014  Pickwick Mill Day - Pickwick, Minnesota
An annual celebration of the history of Pickwick and the 120-year-old flour mill which is on the state historic register.

September 13, 2014  11th Annual Wild Rice Festival
Roseville, Minnesota
A celebration of wild rice, the Minnesota fall season and Native American culture!  Wild rice sausages, wild rice soup, fry bread, and more. Traditional wild rice harvesting demonstrations.  Native American dance group and story-telling. Children’s games and activities.  Hands-on apple cider pressing. Silent auction, to raise funds to support the Nature Center. And much more!  As usual, there is no admission charge. 
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September 13-14, 2014  Wine, Chocolate & Romance
Shakopee, Minnesota
Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  Indulge your sweet tooth this weekend at our Chocolate and Wine festival featuring local chocolatiers and wineries! Participate in one of our many ‘sweet’ events held all weekend including a chocolate pie eating contest and FREE wine tastings.

September 18-21, 2014  66th Annual Applefest - La Crescent, Minnesota
The Applefest weekend includes activities such as a Kiddie Parade, Carnival, Apple Pie Stand, President's Reception and Queen Coronation, Pancake Breakfast, King Apple Parade, Craft Show, entertainment in the King Apple (Beer) Tent and the Johnny Appleseed (Family) Tent. Applefest is always held on the 3rd full weekend in September.

September 20, 2014
Fall Festival, Smokin' Hot BBQ Challenge, & Crafter's Market
Nisswa, Minnesota
Join us for Nisswa Fall Festival and Smokin' Hot BBQ Challenge.  Lots of family fun all day long - crafters and market space, kids games, live music, great eats, beer garden, bbq contest, street dance and much more! Want to participate in the BBQ contest, or be a crafter or market space vendor?  We want you to join us!

September 20, 2014  Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!
Willmar, Minnesota
The outdoor festival is presented each fall by the Willmar Arts Council. The tradition continues with artist demonstrations, children's tent activities, a juried art exhibition and art sale, food court, free coffee, and continuous entertainment from the outdoor stage.

September 20, 2014
Getting to Know Weird Vegetables from the Farmers Market
MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minnesota
Kris James, Culinary Herbalist and Instructor, accomplished chef, cookbook author  Fall harvest produce is flavor and nutrient-rich and some are strangers to us! Are you curious about some of the unfamiliar produce you see beautifully displayed at the market but haven't a clue what they are or what to do with them? These produce underdogs are undiscovered gems. In class we'll ask, "What the heck is this?" and actually get answers! You'll learn how to prepare and cook with them. When you taste these in Kris's recipes you'll want to go back for more. Could include unusual and uncommon fellows such as Chayote Squash, (also known as Buddha's Hand or a Mirliton), Burdock root, turmeric root, black garlic, and more.

September 20, 2014  8th Annual Fall Chili Fest - Princeton, Minnesota
Chili and salsa contests, a craft fair, kids' carnival rides and games, a sidewalk chalk art contest, scarecrow contest, food vendors, a D.J. and Jaycees Beer Garden.

September 21, 2014  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.

September 26-28, 2014  The Goose Festival - Middle River, Minnesota
Goose Capital of the North. Highlights include goose-calling contests, a music jam, grand parade, kiddie parade, a flea market, quarter scramble, Community Theater production, and lots of great food!

September 27, 2014  CulturFest - Owatonna, Minnesota
The 4th Saturday in September each year CulturFest unites music and dance talents, ethnic foods, authentic merchandise and activities for all ages to enrich its visitors with a Multi-Cultural experience.

Sept 27-Oct 26, 2014  25th Annual Nelson Farm Pumpkin Patch Festival
Litchfield, Minnesota
Weekends.  Pumpkin Painting Contest, Scarecrow Contest, Corn Field Maze, Pumpkin Chucker, view the fall colors, see farm animals, and don't forget to pick out and decorate your own pumpkin!

September 28, 2014  Twin Cities Veg Fest - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Twin Cities Veg Fest is for anyone and everyone – from omnivores to vegetarians and vegans! If you’ve ever thought about becoming vegetarian or are interested in reducing animal suffering, you’ll love Twin Cities Veg Fest.  Learn where your food comes from, how to be a healthy vegetarian or vegan, and why being compassionate benefits everyone. Plus you’ll enjoy tons of free vegan food samples and delicious vegan cuisine.  The festival will take place from 10am to 4pm at Coffman Memorial Union on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota.  Twin Cities Veg Fest is free to attend.



events still waiting for new dates

September 27, 2012  13th Annual Winemaker’s Dinner
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Benefiting Children’s Home Society and Family Services, the evening will include a four-course dinner paired with exceptional wines, and a fabulous auction and raffle.

September 28-29, 2012  MBWA Fall Conference - Duluth, Minnesota
Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association.


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 14, 2010  RCA District Dietetic Association - Roseville, Minn
2nd Annual RCA North Central Region & MN Twin Cities District Dietetic Association.



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