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2016 Minnesota - February 2016
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(See also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013)

January 28-February 7, 2016  Saint Paul Winter Carnival - St. Paul, Minnesota


February 6, 2016  7th Annual Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival
St. Paul, Minnesota
The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival is back.  Minnesota State Fairgrounds.  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 is the biggest outdoor beer festival Minnesota has to offer.

February 6, 2016
Sweets for Your Sweetie: Valentine Treats Sweetened by Nature
Chaska, Minnesota
Make some tasteful and tasty treats sweetened with honey and maple syrup and learn more about two of nature's most healthful and readily available sweeteners. They really are different from sugar - better for you, better for the environment - and more flavorful. Bring your Valentine and cook up something sweet together!

February 6, 2016  Schell's Bock Fest - New Ulm, Minnesota
Come join us for the premier winter festival in the Midwest! Sing and dance your heart out at this outdoor festival in the shadow of the brewery!  Bock Fest is an all-outdoor event on the grounds of Schell's Brewery with Schells beer, brats, live music, a warm fire, and the release of the seasonal Bock beer. Admission is $10 for this 21+ event!

February 11-13, 2016  Cold Climate Grape & Wine Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA). The conference will, once again, focus on the Business of Growing Grapes & Making Wine in the North.

February 12-14, 2016  Winona Winter Carnival - Winona, Minnesota
What better way to celebrate winter than with a carnival? Winona will be doing it in grand winter fashion with fishing for kids, the Snowshoe Snowdown, the Goosebump Jump, the Cabin Fever Dash, a sock hop, tours and classes as well as entertainment.

February 13, 2016  28th Annual Farm Toy Show
Sauk Centre, Minnesota
Spend the day browsing over 50 tables of toys, collectibles, antiques and merchandise. Great concessions available too! So come hungry!

February 14, 2016  VALENTINE'S DAY
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

February 18-21, 2016  International Eelpout Festival
Leech Lake, Walker, Minnesota
The 37th Annual International Eelpout Festival, held at Chase on the Lake on Leech Lake, is a tradition centered on catching one of the ugliest of bottom-dwelling fish, the Eelpout! The International Eelpout Festival attracts roughly 10,000 participants and visitors each year, drawing national interest. In addition to thousands of dollars in prizes, enjoy Opening Ceremonies at Coors Keg Castle Tent, live music, DJ dance parties, refreshments at the Chase Big Top Tent, eelpout fish fry, mechanical bull riding, contests, and more!

February 19, 2016  Around the World: Food and Brewfest
Owatonna, Minnesota
This is a joint event between the Steele County Historical Society and the CulturFest Committee.“Around the World: Food and Brewfest” is a multicultural celebration of food, beer and coffee.


February 21, 2016  Cochon555
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cochon555, the signature culinary competition featuring five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs in a friendly competition for a cause.  The tour is dedicated to helping Piggy Bank create the first open-source agriculture platform for heritage species while raising global awareness for socially responsible farming. The event unites consumers with local farmers, renowned chefs, prominent winemakers, restaurateurs, craft brewers and distillers in each city for a nose-to-tail culinary showdown celebrating family farms. At each event, 500 guests including notable judges will vote for the best bite amongst 2,000 pounds of awesomeness and the winning chef will be announced the “Princess or Prince of Porc”. On June 18th, the ten regional winners of Cochon555 fly to Aspen/Snowmass to compete at Grand Cochon, a spotlight of 10 chefs, 10 pigs and the best 30 bites from tour. The winner of the grand finale walks away with the crown and title of “2016 King or Queen of Porc”.

February 28, 2016  Flavors of Twin Cities - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala and provides each table of attendees with a local chef who will prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The meal that is delivered will showcase the signature dishes of our culinary experts and take you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner "foodie" and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.

February 26-27, 2016  15th Annual Winterfest - St. Paul, Minnesota
This craft beer sampling event celebrates beer brewed in Minnesota by the breweries and brew pubs that are current members of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Chase out the winter chill with a multitude of Winter Warmers, hearty food, beer education, entertainment and music.



2015 Minnesota - February 2015
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer & Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

February 7, 2015  Chili Cook-Off - Sauk Centre, Minnesota
Cash prizes & trophies will be awarded. Awards for best tasting & hottest chili.    To register, call 612.220.7535 or 320.351.8000

February 7, 2015  25th Annual Farm Toy, Truck & Collectible Show
Albert Lea, Minnesota (no website)
Come Join us and Celebrate the Silver Anniversary of Southern Minnesota's Largest Toy Show! Fun for the Whole Family. Northbridge Mall, Bridge Avenue  More information Larry at 507-369-3677


2014 Minnesota - February 2014
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

February 8, 2014  Chocolate: Journey From Bean to Bar 2014
MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minn.
Anna Bonavita, Ph.D., scientist with a passion for chocolate, quality and the environment   Valentine's Day is around the corner - what better time for chocolate, the "food of the gods". Through a guided chocolate tasting with the expert from Chocolate Bonavita, you will taste chocolate that most others have never experienced. Learn the history of the fruit of the cocoa plant and how we began and continue our love affair with chocolate. You will taste cacao and chocolate in its various states, forms, and qualities. Discover how the genetics of cacao and the location of where it is grown contribute to the flavor of the chocolate produced. Visit the Arboretum's cocoa plant and discuss conditions essential to producing fine chocolate. Early registration is suggested as this class is expected to sell out.

February 13, 2014  Valentines Love Dinner 2014
MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minnesota
Jenny Breen, Chef, locavore, nutritionist, teacher, and cookbook co-author of “Cooking Up the Good Life”   Indulge in delicious love themed cupid-cuisine. Food is sensuous, appealing to our senses with its enticing appearance, scent, taste, feel, and even how it sounds simmering in the pan! Wine tastes are paired with dinner courses. Limited VIP registration (available for Arboretum members only) includes reserved seating at a table for 2 and a box of gourmet local chocolates.


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

events still waiting for new dates

February 23, 2013  American Bakery Expo Challenge
Red Wing, Minnesota
The American Bakery Expo Challenge at the 2013 Upper Midwest Bakery Convention.  The winner of our contest will represent the UMBA in Las Vegas at the IBIE convention on October 6-9, 2013 and compete against 11 other contestants from across the USA for a share of $14,000 in prize money. Travel expenses and hotel accommodations will be provided by RBA and UMBA for the competition in Las Vegas. Decorators will compete in wedding cake, fondant, sculpted, floral designs and custom design categories over an 8 hour period on February 23.  To be eligible to compete the decorator must have two years of professional cake decorating experience, submit a portfolio of their work and be employed by a bakery that is a UMBA member. Registration materials must be returned by January 25, 2013.




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