Midwest Pantry helps entrepreneurs that make & sell local food in America’s Heartland grow from start-up to scale-up by providing education, experience and mentoring utilizing four unique events we created:

Wholesale tradeshows

1We organize two annual private Local Food & Gift Shows; one in March (spring), the other in August (fall). If you are a licensed and insured producer that makes a quality local product, a store owner or wholesale buyer that is looking for unique local products, or a local business that can support our Show and grow your business, contact us here.

Our next wholesale event is: Midwest Pantry’s August 2015 Local Food & Gift Show on Monday, August 10th, 2015 from 10:30am-4pm. Wholesale buyers can reserve tickets here, and local producers can register here.

Community shopping event

2We organize The Shop Small Holiday Market, held on Small Business Saturday each year (the Saturday after Thanksgiving), which is a spectacularly fun event for the public to shop and support local producers held at the Community Center in St. Anthony Village, MN.

Our next Shop Small Market is: Saturday, November 28th, 2015. Local producers can reserve space now by registering here.

Poster Show

3 The Local Poster Show, a celebration of local food and the businesses who create it through the world’s most accessible art form. Featuring limited edition posters created by MN artists to celebrate local businesses who create the food we love, and donating proceeds of poster sales to local charity Free Arts Minnesota.

Our next Poster Show event is: All-call for local designers, if you’d like to design a poster please email Chad at midwestpantry@gmail.com.

Educational Series

4In partnership with the MN Cup, we are creating a series of courses aimed to help local food companies of any size establish and scale their business. Courses are TBA and will be held at the Carlson School of Business.

Our next course in the Educational Series is: “How to Rock a Professional Trade Show” held on Wednesday, July 15th, 6-8pm at Carlson School of Management, Classroom 1-135. Reserve a seat in the course for $35, and August Local Food & Gift Tradeshow attendees are FREE.