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:
1We organize the private Local Food & Gift Trade Show in March each year. 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 Trade Show and grow your business, contact us here.
Our next wholesale event is: Midwest Pantry’s 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, EARLY BIRD pricing ends December 31st!
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 26th, 2016. Local producers can apply for space here.
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 are on sale at i like you in NE Mpls. A perfect holiday gift!
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: “BOOTH DESIGN & MERCHANDISING: HOW TO CREATE A TRADE SHOW EXPERIENCE” held on Wednesday, January 20th, 6-8pm at Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Classroom 50B. $35. Register here.