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

(See also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2011)

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 6-8, 2016  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, 2016  MOTHERS' DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

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!

May 12, 2016  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 12, 2016  20th Annual East Side Wine Tasting
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Enjoy a wonderful evening of wine, food, music, and friendship to benefit the programs of East Side Neighborhood Services. Join us for an array of over 200 fine wines for your tasting pleasure. Also featured are samples of famous East Side cuisine, a selection of micro brews, alcohol free beers and wines, a cigar tent, and a silent auction.

May 12-14, 2016  69th Annual Governor's Fishing Opener
McGregor, Minnesota
The 69th annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will spotlight fishing and the many recreational and travel opportunities in the Big Sandy Lake area.

May 13-15, 2016  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 19, 2016  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.


May 20-22, 2016
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 21, 2016  Lefse Dagen - Starbuck, Minnesota
To commemorate the record setting, yet unbroken, world's largest lefse baked during the Starbuck Centennial Celebration in 1983, and to hold an open house at the Starbuck Depot Square, where the 70 pound lefse with a diameter of 9 feet 8 inches was baked.

May 21, 2016  10th 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 21, 2016  Taste of Maplewood - Maplewood, Minnesota
In its 8th year now, 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 26-30, 2016  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).


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.


2014 Minnesota - May 2014

events still waiting for new dates

May 18, 2014  Minnesota Cheese Festival - St. Paul, Minnesota
Join cheesemakers and artisan foods producers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond for a 3-hour Session filled with delectable goods. International Bazaar, State Fair Grounds.

May 24, 2014  Rhubarb Festival - Hastings, MInnesota
Sponsored by Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings, LeDuc Gardeners, & Dakota County Historical Society. Features lectures, demonstrations, a plant sale, & a bake sale. Added attraction: Actor from Black dirt theater Company will play the role of a traveling salesman who is selling his Rhubarb Cure-All. "Cooking with Hazel & Friends" cookbook will be offered for sale. Come taste, test & be tantalized.

May 29, 2014  Craft Beer and Bites 2014 - Chaska, Minnesota
At MN Landscape Arboretum.  The best beer is the freshest beer, and you can’t get any fresher than Minnesota’s craft beer!  Want to increase your beer appreciation and beer literacy quotient? Local craft brewers and Michael Agnew, Cicerone, will be on tap to discuss the complex flavors achieved in various beer styles, food-beer pairing and more. You’ll begin the evening sampling beer-food pairings with Michael‘s engaging and expert guidance on flavor complexities and terminology.


2013 Minnesota - May 2013
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 9, 2013  Authentic Thai Cuisine Encore! with Chef Joe Hatch-Surisook - Chaska, Minnesota
At MN Landscape Arboretum.  Join us for 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, wine notes and recommendations on where to find the best ingredients.


2011 Minnesota - MAY 2011

events still waiting for new dates

May 7, 2011  3rd Annual International Raw Milk Symposium
Bloomington, Minnesota
Leading international experts in raw milk nutrition, healing and microbiology gather to discuss the large, growing consumer demand for raw milk.

May 21, 2011  Minnesota Soybean Festival - Farmington, Minnesota
There will be no 2012 Minnesota Soybean Festival due to lack of funding and volunteers. Thanks for the memories.




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