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2014 NORTH DAKOTA 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
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February 14, 2014  Valentine's Day
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled today. They are too numerous to list.

February 15, 2014  API Gumbo Cookoff 2014
Dickinson, North Dakota

March 3-7, 2014  National School Breakfast Week 2014
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children.


March 4-9, 2014  77th North Dakota Winter Show - Valley City, North Dakota
The North Dakota Winter Show Event Center is the home of the oldest and longest running Agriculture Show in the State of North Dakota. The North Dakota Winter Show is held annually in March and provides a great deal of agriculture information to participants of all ages. The NDWS attracts exhibitors and visitors from many states and Canada with attendance increasing each year.   The mission of the North Dakota Winter Show is to provide an education for youth in the various segments of agri-business and to promote and expand agriculture through improved agriculture practices and techniques, and to honor our pioneer culture and heritages.  We will also strive to establish a quality and entertaining learning experience for people of all ages.

March 25, 2014  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless other across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

April 22, 2014  Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. 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.

May 11, 2014  Mother's Day - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday in May)

June 14-15, 2014  29th Annual North Dakota Farm Toy Show & Auction 2014
LaMoure, North Dakota
Thousands of farm toys for sale, friendly vendors, a very good family friendly weekend event. Come out and see the Toy Farmer Museum also.

JULY 4, 2014 - 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.

August 8, 2014  Best of the West Ribfest 2014 - Watford City, North Dakota
Ribs & Fixings, Street Vendors, Live Music, Concessions, Kid Zone Fun & Games, Classic Car Show & Street Dance.

September 2-6, 2014  49th Annual Potato Bowl USA - Grand Forks, North Dakota
Potato Bowl USA is a weeklong festival teaming the University of North Dakota and the Red River Valley potato growing industry. It was created in 1965.  This week is filled with awesome events like the World's Largest French Fry Feed & Fireworks dispay on Thursday, along with a Potato Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Tailgate Party and University of North Dakota Football Game.


November 27, 2014  Thanksgiving Day - Nationwide
All StatesThere are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.  (4th Thursday in November).



2013 NORTH DAKOTA 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events waiting for new dates

June 5-8, 2013  Happy Harry's RibFest 2013 - Fargo, North Dakota
Great Food, live entertainment, fun for the whole family with Riblet Fest for kids and the Games Galore midway. The best rib cookers from across the country compete to see who's are the best.

June 7-9, 2013  42nd Annual Irrigation Days - Oakes, North Dakota
An annual community celebration with a parade, fireworks, street dance, buffalo feed, and many other activities.

June 13-15, 2013  Rip-Roarin' Ribfest - Bismarck, North Dakota
The Rip-Roarin’ Ribfest is an annual Downtown event created to stimulate interest and excitement in the downtown area and bring our community together. Outstanding BBQ, Live Music, Kids Games, and more.

June 13-16, 2013  24th Annual Hawk Days Antique Farm Show
Wolford, North Dakota
Steam engines, plowing and threshing displays all four days. Live music all day long.

June 21-23, 2013  Lakota Turkey BBQ - Lakota, North Dakota
The 51st annual turkey BBQ, including an open swim, variety/talent show, 5K race, parade, and golf tournament.

July 19-27, 2013  North Dakota State Fair - Minot, North Dakota
The fair offers a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, great entertainment lineup, carnival, and much more.

July 27-28, 2013  Cats Incredible 2013 - Grand Forks, North Dakota
Viewed as one of the best catfishing tournaments in the country, Cats Incredible draws in contestants from all over North America to compete for the top trophy.

August 10, 2013  7th Annual Chokecherry Festival - Williston, North Dakota
This fun-filled festival which kicks off with a pancake breakfast with chokecherry syrup. There is a 5k road race, a parade, special games, and family entertainment throughout the day. Also there are craft and food vendors in the park to add to the festivities.


August 16-17, 2013  Wild West Grill Fest - Mandan, North Dakota
Now in its 4th year, the 2013 "Wild West Grill Fest" will give people one last chance to take over downtown Mandan at summer's end.  Grillers will be open from 11am until closing each day.  The grilling competition begins at 11am on Saturday with judging at 6pm.  There will be a chance for the public to vote on a People's Choice Award.  Winners will be announced Saturday night during the dance.  The winning griller receives a trophy. The event features live music, inflatable games for children, plus covered wagon, pony and helicopter rides along with art and craft vendors and a Pride of Dakota tent.  Entertainers take the stage and the beer garden opens at 1pm on Friday and noon on Saturday.

August 17, 2013  8th Annual Grape Stomp - Buffalo, North Dakota
Red Trail Vineyard Hosts Wine Tasting, Live Music, Wagon Trail Rides, Vineyard Tours, Food and Craft Vendors, Beer and Wine Garden. and the 8th Annual "Grape Stomp Contest".

September 20, 2013  Beerfest 2013 - Bismarck, North Dakota
A Bismarck-Mandan Beer Festival celebrating the diversity of products available.  This year's event will feature more than 30 different beer products sampled, brewmasters, and food provided by Cloverdale Foods.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Missouri Valley YMCA.

September 28, 2013  Giant Pumpkin Festival - Wallhalla, North Dakota
Giant pumpkin contest, farmers' market, games, pumpkin carving and more. Home of the biggest pumpkin in North Dakota.

October 1-5, 2013  Norsk Hostfest - Minot, North Dakota
North America's largest Scandinavian festival with crafts, folk dancing and lots of Nordic grub like klub (potato dumplings), ponnukokur (Icelandic pancakes) and lutefisk (pungent fish dish).


2012 NORTH DAKOTA 2012
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events waiting for new dates

September 6-8, 2012  Lobster & Lefse Festival - Fargo, North Dakota
Outdoor festival featuring live music from 11 am to 11 pm. Seafood meals available including lobster and lefse! Coordinated by the Fargo-Moorhead Rotary Club, portions of the proceeds benefit the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center and local Rotary projects. (domain expired: )

November 29, 2012  Taste of North Dakota Holiday Open House - Jamestown, ND
Held at the National Buffalo Museum. Features Pride of Dakota products, taste testing, Pride of Dakota vendors, gift baskets and a Holiday gift shop sale. The herd maintained by the museum includes a rare white buffalo. Jamestown is home to the "World's Largest Buffalo", a huge sculpture located in Frontier Village.


2011 NORTH DAKOTA 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Event
waiting for new dates

June 8-12, 2011  Ribfest - Fargo, North Dakota
Great Food, live entertainment, fun for the whole family with Riblet Fest for kids and the Games Galore midway. The best rib cookers from across the country compete to see who's are the best.

June 10-12, 2011  Antique Farm Show - Wolford, North Dakota
Steam engines, plowing and threshing displays all four days. Live music all day long.

September 24, 2011  Applefest - Ellendale, North Dakota
The 12th annual event will include: pancake breakfast, parade, art exhibit and craft sales, pie auction, paintball tournament, bingo, live music, St. Helena's Fall Turkey Supper, pickup pull and wild game feed.



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