Healthy local food

Eco Experience will be back at the 2021 State Fair: Aug. 26 - Sept. 6

Renewing the Countryside presents Artisan Grains of Minnesota, a new exhibition telling a story that winds its way from local farms to millers, bakers, cereal and snack makers, malters, brewers, and consumers. Interest in local foods has been focused on vegetables and fruits, milk and cheese, honey and maple syrup. Some of us seek out local meats and eggs. Yet the one food group that is found at most every meal and could make (makes) the biggest impact on our landscape is grains. From ancient grains to the crops of the future, come and see and taste the quality, flavor and nutrition of these delicious foods, and learn about the environmental benefits provided by regenerative, artisan grain production.

The interactive exhibit combines information, education and fun activities for the family.

  • Educational displays use a combination of farmer profiles, photos, facts, and engaging activities.
  • Daily cooking demonstrations. Celebrated local chefs and foodmakers offer tips for cooking with artisan grains and how they can elevate your cooking.
  • Daily sampling. Each day we sample foods from local farmers and foodmakers. This years focus will be on foodmakers who source their ingredients from local grain farmers and processors.
  • Kids activities. Children and families can race vegetables down our Veggie Grand Prix;  play food trivia and “Guess the Vegetable.” Prizes for everyone!


Renewing the CountrysideExhibitors

Renewing the Countryside strengthens rural areas by sharing stories of rural renewal, and providing assistance and opportunities to rural advocates.

HealthPartners PowerUp is a community-wide initiative to make it easy and fun to eat better and move more.

Peace Coffee works to protect the environment, strengthen our communities, and delight your taste buds through organically grown, fair-trade coffee.


  • Co-op Partners Warehouse
  • McKnight Foundation


Food demos are a State Fair stapleFood for thought

Things that make you go "mmmmmm."

Live cooking demonstrations with local chefs will be on the Sustainability Stage daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Aug. 22: Misen Luu, University of Minnesota - Food Science
  • Aug. 23: Carrie Riggs, Alma: Cafe, Hotel and Restaurant
  • Aug. 24: Lachelle Cunningham, Chelles' Kitchen LLC
  • Aug. 25: Gilbert Williams, Lonesome Stone Milling
  • Aug. 26: Christopher Sarles, Lowertown Bakehouse
  • Aug. 27: Joe Williams, Pizzeria Lola
  • Aug. 28: Beth Dooley, Beth Dooley's Kitchen
  • Aug. 29: Saba Andualem, Urban Roots
  • Aug. 30: Mark Augustine, Minneapolis Public Schools | Culinary and Wellness Services
  • Aug. 31: Hai Truong, Ngon Bistro
  • Sept. 1: Mark Schiller, Loon Liquors
  • Sept. 2: Hannah and Brady Barnstable, Seven Sundays (11 a.m. & 1 p.m.)
    Sept. 2: Minneapolis Public Schools | Culinary and Wellness Services (3 p.m.)