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2020 Minnesota - January 2020

(See also: 2019  -  2018  -  2017)


January 3-5, 2020
25th Annual Ice Fest
Breezy Point, Minnesota
Experience hard water fun on Pelican Lake during the annual Ice Fest in Breezy Point! Highlights include dogsled rides, hot air balloon rides, radar runs, an ice slide, vendor craft fair, kids' fishing program & fishing Olympics, horse drawn trolley rides, live entertainment throughout town, snow golf, bonfires, fireworks, and Blinkie Button specials at area merchants.

January 9-10, 2020  Annual Minnesota Organic Conference
St. Cloud, Minnesota
This conference provides great information about organic agriculture to excite experienced organic producers as well as people new to this farming system.

January 9-12, 2020  50th Annual Minnesota Sportsmen's Show
St. Paul, Minnesota
The Annual Minnesota Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show highlights the best of the great outdoors with hundreds of exhibits featuring new model boats, RVs, motors, docks, marine electronics, fishing gear, and hunting and camping equipment. Also enjoy the Great Bear Show, free seminars by well-known hunting & fishing pros, Kids' Fishing School, and Live Trout Pond. St. Paul RiverCentre.

January 11, 2020  8th Annual Mankato Craft Beer Expo
Mankato, Minnesota
The expo will showcase the offerings of craft breweries here in Minnesota, as well as all over the United States. Attendees to the expo will have the opportunity to sample beers from 40 different craft breweries in a commemorative sampling glass.  In addition to this, they can enjoy educational seminars throughout the day covering subjects such as Food Pairing, Homebrewing, and the History of Brewing in Minnesota. With brewery and distributor representatives on hand to answer questions, attendees will be able to have an enjoyable and educational experience learning about beer, its components and flavors.  Live music, food, various beer related vendors will be available as well.

January 14-16, 2020  Northern Green 2020 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Come to the show for green industry pros!

January 16-17, 2020 - Northern Growers & Marketers Conference
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Hosted by the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association; Minnesota Apple Growers Association; and the Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association.

January 17, 2020 - Annual Winterfest - St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota’s craft breweries are partnering with more than 20 restaurants to pair high-end beers with high-class bites at the 2019 Winterfest craft beer festival. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild event gives craft beer fans a one-of-a-kind new format to enjoy the beers they love alongside specifically designed small plates to highlight the state’s craft beer industry and top chefs. For the first time, Winterfest will take place at the Polaris Club of US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings!

January 23-Feb 2, 2020  The Great Northern
Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota
Embrace winter at its wintry finest! The Great Northern, a ten-day winter celebration across Minneapolis and St. Paul, includes amazing winter sports for spectators such as pond hockey, skijoring and fat-tire bike racing, along with ice and snow sculpture competitions. There are also lots of food-focused events, outdoor concerts and more.


January 23-February 2, 2020
134th Saint Paul Winter Carnival
St. Paul, Minnesota
Join in the merriment at the “Coolest Celebration on Earth,” the annual St. Paul Winter Carnival! Just some of the many festivities include Parades, Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler, Klondike Kate Cabaret, World's Toughest BBQ, Ice Palace, Ice Carving Competitions, Snow Sculpture, Orchid Show, Snow Plow Competition, Sled Dog Race, World's Toughest Rodeo, Art Shows, Fireworks Display, etc., etc.  Attendance: 250,000.

January 24, 2020  Annual Gourmet Food Auction
Albert Lea, Minnesota
Area gourmet chefs serve their best items and auction dinners, picnics, catering, trips and vacation packages, and entertainment such as theatre packages. Funds raised go towards bringing in re-enactors for area students to experience the fur trade period at Big Island Rendezvous Education Days.

January 25, 2020  Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza
Brainerd, Minnesota
World's Largest Charitable Ice Fishing Contest. Hole In The Day Bay on Gull Lake will be the location of the Annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza, an ice fishing contest where anglers compete for more than $150,000 in cash and prizes including a new truck, ATVs, ice augers, ice fishing equipment and more! Join 10,000 anglers from around the world.  Amazing food and beverage samples, live music, an auction, games and raffles, and a chance to chat with local fishing pros that will be on hand to share tricks of the trade!  Attendance: 15,000.

January 28-29, 2020  Minnesota Pork Congress
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Trade Show and Seminars.  Minnesota's only swine specific tradeshow. Dedicated exclusively to Pork producers and Pork production.

2019 Minnesota - January 2019
events waiting for new dates

January 22, 2019  Pork Foodservice Workshop - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Minnesota Pork Board and the University of Minnesota are hosting a Pork Foodservice Workshop for chefs and those  looking to gain more knowledge and experience in pork products for foodservice.  If you have questions about the workshop or need more information, contact Pam at the Minnesota Pork Office at (507) 345-8814 or [email protected]

2018 Minnesota - January 2018
events waiting for new dates

January 15, 2018 - Taste of Elegance - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Annual culinary pork competition, Taste of Elegance at MN Pork Congress. Chefs from across the state create their original recipes and compete for the $1,500 grand prize.  Minnesota Taste of Elegance is sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board.

2017 Minnesota - January 2017

events still waiting for new dates

January 26, 2017  Dinner with A Chef - Chaska, Minnesota
At MN Landscape Arboretum.  Twin Cities top chefs love guest-cooking at the Arboretum! Meet other good food fans during 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, sommelier wine notes and recommendations on where to find the best ingredients. You can just sit back, watch the meal unfold, sip some wine and dine.



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