Come visit the Healthy Local Food exhibit each year 

at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together!”


2017: This years theme is Organic!

Why organic? Organic food has been making inroads onto the shelves of mainstream grocery stores and into the meals of consumers, but what does organic really mean, and how is it different from “natural” or conventional agriculture? What, for example, is the difference between a conventional, cage free, and organic egg? This years exhibit will educate fairgoers on what they are choosing when they choose organic, and how this choice is important both to their health and for our food system.

The exhibit will include interactive and educational kiosks on organic foods and agriculture, daily cooking demos with local chefs using organic foods, food sampling from organic farmers and foodmakers, and activities promoting healthy and organic eating habits. We hope to expand fairgoers understanding of the benefits of organic and show the true costs of eating conventionally produced foods. 

Local chefs will be demonstrating recipes using local and organic foods. See our line up for Chef Cooking Demos here!

Each year we rely on our wonderful volunteers. Interested in volunteering this year?

Click here for volunteer information


2016  - Forever Green

The University of Minnesota's Forever Green Initiative works to supplement Minnesota's traditional "summer-annual" crops, which farmers plant and harvest each season, with perennials which can come back for more than one season, or winter-annuals which are planted in the fall and harvested in the spring. State Fair visitors joined us in the local food area to see and experience some of these “new foods” An exciting example of this is "Kernza" a hardy, perennial, wheat-like grain, that offers high yields while its dense root system builds soil carbon, stores nutrients, and prevents soil erosion. With our family friendly games, informative displays, local food sampling station and special guests, visitors learned more about Forever Green and met some of the entrepreneurs and organizations that make Minnesota a great place to eat. Our live cooking demonstrations with local chefs were on stage daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Peace Coffee, celebrating 20 years of sourcing, roasting, and sharing exceptional organic, fairly traded coffee -- joined us to hand out free coffee tastings  every day from 9am to 3pm. We hoped you enjoyed your time with us at the Fair! Thanks to all our volunteers for making this exhibit possible

2016 schedule

Local Chef Cooking Demos

2016 Local Food Samplers


Past Healthy Local Food exhibits

Gallery of past exhibits: see photos of the 2015 and 2016 Local Food Exhibits here

2016 Summary Report and Forever Green exhibit displays here!

2015 Summary Report and AGRIculture exhibit displays here!

2014 Summary Report and Grow A Farmer Overview

2013 Summary Report



The Healthy Local Food exhibit is made possible by our generous partners.