Midwest Pantry organizes Minnesota’s local food creator community.

  • We are Minnesota food entrepreneurs.

  • We help Minnesota food businesses grow smarter and faster.

  • Together, we are making Minnesota the #1 place to start and run a food business.


Individual Memberships start at $65 a year and include discounts to our events, including:


Wholesale trade show

1We organize the annual private Local Food & Gift Show every March. 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 2017 Local Food & Gift Show on Monday, March 13th, 2017 from 10:30am-4pm. Wholesale buyers can purchase tickets here, and local producers can register here.


Public shopping event

2We organize The Shop Small Holiday Market, held on Small Business Saturday each year (the Saturday after Thanksgiving). 2017 will be our the 5th annual event, which is spectacularly fun 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 25th, 2017. Registration for booth space is now open via Eventbrite! Apply now for space, they sell quick!


Free Happy Hours

3 A free, informal networking event for all of Minnesota’s vibrant food creator community.  These events are held the 2nd Wednesday of every other month at a locally-owned establishment, and are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food creators can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired. If you’d like to get on the list, send chad@midwestpantry.com a request to get on our email list.

Our next Entrepreneurs Happy Hour is: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, 7pm @ Dubliner Cafe (St. Paul)


Topic-based Networking

4 Midwest Pantry Meetups are lively networking events infused with a discussion topic. MeetsUps are held the 2nd Wednesday every other month at a locally-owned establishment, and are designed to be fun & informative. Heavy on networking, these events will give you something to talk about.

Tickets are limited!

Our next Meetup is: March Meetup – Wednesday, March 29 6:30 p.m.— 8:30 p.m at Able Seedhouse & Brewery 1121 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN. The event is actually in conjunction with the Sensory Panel Event presented by AURI (Argricultural Utilization Research Insitute). The Sensory Panel forum is used frequently in Europe and this is the first event of it’s kind in MN, so we are excited to participate!

It works like this, MN companies who are in the process of bringing a NEW product to market attend to present their products to a panel of judges (made up of chefs, food scientists & experts) and receive specific feedback. We can also participate and give feedback using AURI’s score cards! This will be great fun!

Please get your tickets now via Eventbrite! If you have a new product you’d like feedback on, please contact Nan Larson at nlarson@auri.org or 320.979.7412.


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