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2017 Minnesota - February 2017
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(See also: 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013)

January 26-February 5, 2017  Saint Paul Winter Carnival - St. Paul, Minnesota


 

February 4, 2017  8th 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 10-12, 2017  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 11, 2017  29th 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, 2017 - 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 16-18, 2017  Cold Climate Grape & Wine Conference
Bloomington, 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 19, 2017  Cochon555 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Cochon555 US Tour executes a yearly host of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs.  Five chefs will prepare five, whole heritage breed pigs from family farms, and each chef will have one week to prepare 6 portions for 450+ guests. During each event, guests and notable judges will vote for the best bite from over 1,200 pounds of heritage pork. The winner is then crowned the “Prince or Princess of Porc” and guaranteed a slot at Grand Cochon in October.

 

The Sunday afternoon event unites diners with farmers, winemakers, craft brewers, and distillers in a culinary showdown with a singular focus: ensuring a safe, honest, and delicious future for our food system and the children who will inherit it.  Ensuring a future of safe, honest, and delicious food will be the dominant theme of this year’s tour. In support of this, Cochon555 will donate a portion of all proceeds to its sister charity, Piggy Bank. This nonprofit foundation is a genetic sanctuary and Missouri farm established to provide free genetics to emerging family farmers.

February 23-26, 2017  International Eelpout Festival
Leech Lake, Walker, Minnesota
The 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!  Attendance: 10,000.
 

 

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

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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 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 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

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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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