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2020 Minnesota - May 2020
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

(See also: 2019  -  2016  -  2015)


May 7-10, 2020
73rd Annual Governor's Fishing Opener
Otter Tail County, Minnesota
The annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will spotlight fishing and the many recreational and travel opportunities in Otter Tail County.

May 8-10, 2020
Friends School Plant Sale
St. Paul, Minnesota
The Friends School Plant Sale is held each year over Mother's Day weekend at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, with 2,300 varieties of plants for sale.

May 8-10, 2020  Shepherds Harvest Festival - Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Come experience Minnesota's largest Sheep and Wool Festival. Shop an outstanding array of over 100 vendors, choose from a full range of classes or just enjoy the many breeds of sheep, goat, llama and alpaca on display. Discover fibers, yarns, weavers, spinning wheels, potters and cheese makers from our Midwestern countryside. A great family event. Admission is $5. Parking is free.

May 10, 2020 - MOTHERS' DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 21, 2020  Annual Taste of Lakeville - Lakeville, Minnesota
Enjoy all you can eat samples of food from more than 35 of the area's best restaurants and caterers. Wine and beer tasting galore!  Live Music, Chef Demos from top local chefs. Live and Silent Auctions.  The Taste of Lakeville is the primary fund raising event for the Lakeville Rotary Club. Proceeds from this event and many of the club's activities go to support a variety of important local and regional initiatives like scholarships, community action, food shelves, parks, and many more.

2019 Minnesota - May 2019
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

May 3, 2019 - School Lunch Hero Day - Nationwide
A chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.


May 4-5, 2019
8th Annual Minnesota Monthly Grillfest
St. Paul, Minnesota
Taste your way through your favorite grilled foods and sample summer wines and specialty beers. Test out the hottest grills, gather recipes, and learn how to barbecue like a pro.  Every Grillfest features the latest grilling tips at the grilling stage and special pricing on grills and products that will make you the envy of your neighbors. Tickets to Grillfest include samples of food and beverage from all of our great vendors.  At CHS Field, Home of the St. Paul Saints.

May 5, 2019  Cochon555 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
5 - 7:30 pm.  Cochon555, the nation’s acclaimed culinary, wine and spirit celebration in support of charity and education, is celebrating 10 years during their 2019 nationwide tour. The events will feature more than 100 prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers, and barkeeps all working to create luxurious moments that educate the palate. The tour stated in Dallas and culiminates with the national finale, Grand Cochon, in Chicago. At each stop on the tour, five notable chefs are tasked with preparing a 200-pound pig and presenting a "Judge's Plate" that will be scored by celebrity judges and participants. The winner of each local competition will advance to the finale in September.

May 8, 2019  Taste of Edina - Edina, Minnesota
If delectable wines, specialty beers and gourmet samplings from Edina's finest restaurants are all something your taste buds are crying out for this spring, look no further than Edina Liquor and the Edina Chamber of Commerce's annual "Taste of Edina."

May 9, 2019  Night at the Nic: East Side Annual Celebration
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Night at the Nic (formally known as the East Side Wine Tasting. 

Held at Nicollet Island Pavilion with beautiful skyline views from the bank of the Mississippi River, includes samples of wine, local cuisine, and microbrews. Support East Side Neighborhood Services through our silent auction and giving opportunities!  Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door.

May 15-16, 2019 - 23rd Annual Distillers Grains Symposium
Bloomington, Minnesota
Presented by the Distillers Grains Technology Council, exemplifying a broadening interest in current issues affecting the distilling industry.

May 17-19, 2019 - Preston Trout Days - Preston, Minnesota
A celebration of the area's famed trout streams. Adult fishing contest, kids fishing contest, family bike ride, petting zoo, chicken bar-b-que, city-wide garage sales, Lions Club pancake breakfast, Grand Parade, street dance, firemen's beer tent, car show, family-fun activities, golf tournament, food vendors & more.

May 18, 2019  13th Annual Brewers Bazaar - Stillwater, Minnesota
Enjoy delicious regional craft brews and live music aboard the Avalon Riverboat, overlooking the beautiful St. Croix River in historic downtown Stillwater.


May 18, 2019
Taste of Maplewood
Maplewood, Minnesota
The Taste of Maplewood Street Festival brings together foodies, shoppers, and music lovers to enjoy the bites, sights, and sounds of a city known for everything hip and happening!

May 18, 2019
Lefse Dagen
Starbuck, Minnesota
The Lefse Dagen celebration, which began in 1987, is sponsored by the Starbuck Depot Society and supported by the Starbuck Study Club. This celebration has a twofold purpose:  To commemorate the record setting, yet unbroken, world’s largest lefse baked during the Starbuck Centennial Celebration in 1983 by a group of Starbuck Lions;  To hold an open house at the Starbuck Depot Square. The site where the 70 pound lefse with a diameter of 9 feet 8 inches was baked.

May 18-19, 2019
Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest
Minneapolis, Minnesota
We’re having a party and you’re invited!  Gluten Free & More (formerly Living Without) magazine wants you to know that living with a food allergy or sensitivity doesn’t need to be about deprivation and missing out.  On the contrary, what you’re living without is all the horrible symptoms and medical problems you had before understanding what allergens you needed to avoid.  So, come join us, over a hundred of our favorite exhibitors and thousands of our closest friends as we celebrate LIVING WELL!!   At every event, you get to sample tons of gluten-free, allergy-friendly foods, learn from experts in the community and hang out with others who understand our world.

May 23-27, 2019 - Cannon River Rendezvous
Cannon Falls, Minnesota
A pre-1840's Fur Trade Era Re-Enactment.  Experience a fur trade encampment typical of the period from 1750 - 1840 and visit with re-enactors portraying the many unique characters that gathered after a winter of trapping to trade goods, test their skills and swap tall tales with their friends.  Enjoy demonstrations of period skills and lifestyles, including black powder shooting competitions, primitive archery and tomahawk-throwing contests, and campfire cooking.  Recipe Re-Creation Competition with Prizes for the categories of: • Baking • Cooking (includes grilling, roasting, spits or any form of cooking excluding baking)  • Children's Category (ages 12 and under).

May 31-June 1, 2019 - Smokin' In Steele BBQ and Blues Festival
Owatonna, Minnesota
Barbecue, blues music, fun for the the whole family. Steele County Fairgrounds.

May 31-June 1, 2019 - 35th Annual Buffalo Days - Luverne, Minnesota
Includes World Famous Buffalo Chip-Throwing Contest. Parade, motorcycle rally, waffle feed, live entertainment, classic car auction, swap meet, Arts in the Park.

May 31-June 2, 2019  83rd Pine Island Cheese Festival
Pine Island, Minnesota
Antique Tractor Show, Parades, Cheese Ball Contest, Mud Bog, Wine & Cheese Tasting, Street Dance, Midway, Car Show, Pie Stand.  In July of 1911 a group of small dairies cooperated to build a Prize Winning World Record 6,000 lb. Cheese on a railroad flatcar.  The Pine Island Cheese Festival started in September 1936, and was held annually through 1940 when World War II interrupted. When the festival was reborn in 1949, it was switched to a weekend in June. Since then, the cheese festival has been the opening festival of the summer in southeastern Minnesota.

2016 Minnesota - May 2016
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 1, 2016  34th Annual Great Chefs of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The 34th annual Great Chefs of Minnesota Dinner and Auction will welcome over 400 medical, business and culinary professionals to sample from the menus of over 20 chefs, restaurants, and more! Patrons will also enjoy silent and live auctions, entertainment and more - all while raising dollars and awareness for the fight against kidney disease.

May 9-15, 2016 - 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer
Various Locations, Minnesota
The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is proud to present 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer. Did you know there are about 10,000 minutes in a week? Across the Land of 10,000 Beers, we’re trying to savor every one of them, with a locally produced craft beer in hand.  10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer is a week full of Minnesota Craft Beer events across the state, from tap takeovers on the North Shore to beer tours of the Twin Cities to special firkin tappings in Southern Minnesota. So start your timers and plot your calendars to make the most of your 10,000 Minutes!

2015 Minnesota - May 2015
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 1-3, 2015  Northern Sustainability Symposium
Grand Marais, Minnesota
Courses in gardening, bee keeping, alternative heating, apple grafting, basketry and fermentation are just a few of the weekend options as we explore how food, sustainable living and health are linked.

May 15-16, 2015  Art Music and Beer - Minneapolis, Minnesota
612Brew is proud to announce its third annual Art, Music and Beer event at the brewery. Located in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District at Central and Broadway, the event is a celebration of all things that make the largest open studio tour in the United States a can’t miss event, including art, music, food and great beer.  The Art, Music and Beer event will feature the art of three featured visual artists, six food trucks and two days of live music on 612Brew’s outdoor amphitheater sponsored by The Pourhouse.



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