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 March 2016 Local Food & Gift Show on Monday, March 14th, 2016 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), 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: The 18 limited edition posters of 2015 Local Food Poster Show will be on sale at the Grand Opening on Sunday, October 4th. Enjoy a cash bar, light snacks, live music by Pot Luck & the Hot Dishes from 1pm-4pm at Solar Arts by Chowgirls, 711 15th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Tell us you are coming and share the event with your friends on Facebook.

Educational Series

4In partnership with the MN Cup, we have created the Entrepreneurs Education Series of courses aimed to help local food companies of any size establish and scale their business. Courses are held monthly at the Carlson School of Business, and include time for networking over light snacks of local food & drink.

Our next course in the Educational Series is: “Packaging Design: Doing it RIGHT!” held on Wednesday, October 14th, 6-8pm at Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Classroom 50B. Reserve a seat in the course for $35.