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Nebraska Food Festivals & Shows

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2016 Nebraska: January to July 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
(See also: 2017 - 2011)

January 29-30, 2016  Annual Healthy Farms Conference
Nebraska City, Nebraska
Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City. Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society (NSAS) is a non-profit, grass-roots membership organization. Initiated over 30 years ago by farmer members, NSAS has grown into a dynamic organization with members from all across Nebraska. We welcome farmers and non-farmers alike...everyone eats!  Our mission: To promote agriculture and food systems that build healthy land, people, communities and quality of life, for present and future generations.


February 19-28, 2016
Omaha Beer Week
Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha's breweries and beer bars have teamed up to give you a weeks worth of beer events all leading up to the Extreme Beerfest.

February 26-27, 2016
10th Annual Beertopia Extreme Beerfest
Ralston, Nebraska
This year we’ve got an all new venue for the Midwest’s most extreme beer festival!  Join us at Ralston Arena as Beer Corner USA hosts one of the largest beer festivals in Omaha.  Unlimited sampling of over 300 beers – many over 7% ABV, along with some of the most extreme beers available and showcases many local Homebrew Clubs.

March 7-11, 2016  National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

March 9-10, 2016  50th Annual Triumph of Ag Expo - Omaha, Nebraska
This annual farm event, regarded as one of the largest indoor short line Farm Machinery Shows in the Midwest, is a diversified presentation of agricultural products and services. The timing of the Show, before the planting season and spring fieldwork begin, has been ideal for the Show’s success each year.

March 15, 2016  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture

April 29-May 1, 2016  Arbor Day Celebration - Nebraska City, Nebraska
One of the original citizens of Nebraska City, J. Sterling Morton (whose son would go on to found the Morton Salt Company) was a famed agriculturalist who would go on to serve as Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland. But first, in 1872, Morton founded Arbor Day to encourage individuals, groups and municipalities alike to plant trees. On that first Arbor Day alone, over one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Today, Arbor Day is celebrated worldwide.

April 29-May 14, 2016  Apple Blossom Festival
Nebraska City, Nebraska
The Blossom Festival isn’t a single event as much as it is a month-long celebration of pollen. But in a good way. Featuring such fun as the Arbor Day 5k/10k, Apple Blossom Pageant and Ball, Easter Egg Hunt and, of course, more Arbor Day festivities than you can shake a budding stick at.

May 8, 2016  MOTHER’S DAY
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday in May)

June 3-5, 2016  19th Annual Taste of Omaha - Omaha, Nebraska
Showcasing Omaha's great foods and live entertainment.  A 3-day extravaganza and outdoor food festival open to the public and FREE to attend.


June 13-19, 2016
Homestead Days
Beatrice, Nebraska
Celebrates the importance of the 1862 Homestead Act to the settlement of Nebraska.

June 17-18, 2016
Swedish Days Ribfest
Holdrege, Nebraska
There will be 3 competitions this year—one for pork ribs, one for beef brisket and one for campfire dessert!  Triple your chances of winning!  - The event will be held in Holdrege, NE on 5th Avenue between West Avenue and Grant Street.   You can start selling food to the public at 2:00 pm!  - To enter, go to our website to download and fill out the registration form and mail it back to the Chamber with your entry fee of $50.  - After June 10th, the entry fee goes up to $75, so get your registration in ASAP!

June 25-26, 2016  Duncan Ribfest - Duncan, Nebraska
Duncan Ribfest is a fundraiser for the Duncan Volunteer Fire Department & the Duncan Wrestling Club. 5 BBQ Companies, Beer Garden and 6 Bands. A Family Affair.

July 8-10, 2016  The Wayne Chicken Show - Wayne, Nebraska
The Chicken Show is a fun event held annually on the second Saturday in July. Worlds Largest Chicken Dance, Egg Roulette, Cement Chicken Auction, Hot Wing Eating Contest, Chicken Parade, Live Rooster Crowing, Chicken Feed, Ice Cream Social, Arts, Crafts Fun and Food.  All things Chicken!

July 15-16, 2016  Riverfest: Red, White & Que - Bellevue, Nebraska
What’s Red,White and Que all over? The Nebraska State BBQ Championship and Music Festival. Now in its 12th year, this is a significant regional event, attracting more than 40,000 people to Bellevue. The schedule includes the BBQ cook off, RiverFest 5K run, Kid Zone, car show, Iron Chef Competition, and live music.  Attendance: 40,000.

July 21-23, 2016  77th AAMP Convention - Omaha, Nebraska
(AAMP: American Association of Meat Processors) Annual Convention of Meat Processors & Suppliers' Exhibition

July 21-23, 2016  American Cured Meat Championships (ACMC) 2016
Omaha, Nebraska
Held in conjunction with the American Convention of Meat Processors & Suppliers' Exhibition.

July 26, 2016  Ag Appreciation Barbecue - Beatrice, Nebraska
At the Gage County Fairgrounds in the main barn.  Barbeque organized by the Agri-Business Committee of the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce.

July 28-30, 2016  Lemon Days - Nebraska City, Nebraska
Join us for a very refreshing lemonade stand competition where area youth learn about entrepeneurism and small business ownership/operation. This is where we turn lemons into lemonade. And by lemonade we mean bargains. We can’t claim that this is the world’s biggest sidewalk sale, but that’s only because we’re too busy saving money to do the research.


2017 Nebraska: January to July 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

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.

April 22, 2017  Earth Day - Worldwide
Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

JULY 4, 2017  4TH OF JULY
There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.


2011 Nebraska: January to July 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

July 9, 2011  Bands, Brews & BBQ's - Cozad, Nebraska
The 9th annual street fair will include a car show, live bands, talent show, golf tournament, crafters in the park and children's activities.




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