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“The Homegrown Experience,” a new event promoting local, sustainable and organic food 8/22/10

June 4, 2010

The Minnesota Project is proud to partner with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation board as they host the “The Homegrown Experience” on August 22 this summer at the Nicollet Island Pavillion. The Heartland Food Network/Minnesota Project will be on the educational stage, talking with people about where to find fresh local food when dining out, and how they can support sustainable agriculture in Minnesota. Edible Twin Cities, Minnesota Cooks, and Minnesota Grown are also partners on this exciting new event.  If you are a restaurant, farmer, or other sustainable business, consider hosting a booth.

From the event sponsors:

The Homegrown Experience is a new event organized by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB). Aligning with the MPRB Mission & Vision Statements, this event will focus on sustainability, connecting people to the land and providing healthy and enjoyable experiences. The event will feature chef demonstrations, local restaurants, farmers, CSAs, co-ops, food producers, local vintners and brewers. In addition, an outdoor Farmers Market will be featured. Participants will be able to sip, sample, purchase and, most importantly, learn about local, sustainable and organic foods. We are proud to offer a unique component to the event in the form of education. Through an educational stage as well as the ability to talk one-on-one with local food producers and chefs, people will gain greater understanding and appreciation of where their food comes from, and how to enjoy it the Homegrown way.

Vendors Wanted!

We are seeking vendors who fit the criteria of producing, sourcing and purchasing local and sustainable foods and beverages. Vendors receive a booth space and a listing in the program, to be handed out to all attendees. The Homegrown Experience is a perfect and unique chance to talk with people who are interested in learning more about local food and where they can get it. Educate them on your processes, help the local food movement grow stronger, and gain new customers. For full information on becoming a vendor, please visit the website to download a packet. We are willing to work with you to make this a great event based on real food & real values. Vendor booths are $175, Farmers market stalls are $50. Please talk to us if we can assist you with these fees to enable your group to participate.

Talk with us!

If you have questions, comments, ideas or interest, please contact Heather Ocel at hocel@Minneapolisparks.org or 612-230-6415. We look forward to talking with you soon.

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