Healthy local food

Eco Experience will be back at the 2022 State Fair: Aug. 25 - Sept. 5

Grains of hard red spring wheatRenewing the Countryside presents Artisan Grains of Minnesota, 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 make 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 year's 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.



Food demo by Lachelle Cunningham (Chelle's Kitchen) at the 2019 Eco ExperienceFair fare

On the menu: "Oooooohs" and "aaaaaaaahs" !

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. 26 Chef Patrice demonstrates her summer vegetable barley risotto. (Patrice Johnson, Cookbook author)
Aug. 27 Fresh roasted organic and fair trade coffee tasting. (Ryan Brown and Mel Meeghan, Peace Coffee)
Aug. 28 Meet James Beard Award-winning author and local food advocate, Beth Dooley, and taste her whole-grain Kernza salad. (Beth Dooley, Beth Dooley's Kitchen)
Aug. 29 Meet farmer Tony and taste his locally farmed, artisan blend herbal teas. (Tony Dimaggio, Sacred Blossom Living Herbal Teas)

Aug. 30

Flavorful Bangladeshi cuisine dedicated to bringing peace by pleasing the palate. (Ruhel Islam, Gandhi Mahal's Curry in a Hurry)
Aug. 31 Pan-seared garden zucchini with peppers and tomato from the Urban Roots Cook Fresh crew. (Saba Andualem, Urban Roots)
Sept. 1 PowerUp with a fresh local veggie tasting and fun games for the family. (Yum Power, HealthPartners)
Sept. 2 Artisan BBQ featuring Daddy Sam's family recipes. (Kyle Oglesby, Daddy Sam's All Natural Sawces)
Sept. 3 Meet farmer Tony and taste his locally farmed, artisan blend herbal teas. (Tony Dimaggio, Sacred Blossom Living Herbal Teas)
Sept. 4 Learn professional culinary tips and techniques with The Good Acre's VoCul Training Program. (Lachelle Cunningham, The Good Acre / Chelle's Kitchen)
Sept. 5 Handmade estate-grown chocolate truffle with fresh local cream. (Monica Jimenez, Chocolate San José)
Sept. 6 Japanese flavored smoked fish and smoked salmon turkey burgers. (Julie Wong, Ufisheries)