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Kernza Fest

June 18, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

See, taste, and learn about innovations in water-healthy agriculture at Kernza Fest, a first-of-its kind event by the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance! Kernza is the first commercially developed perennial grain crop that not only benefits the soil, but helps clean water with its deep root system. A cousin to wheat, Kernza was developed by The Land Institute as a revolution in agriculture, and is beginning to become discovered by chefs, bakers, and brewers. Kernza Fest will explore the ways this grain can be used in sustainable and delicious ways – with expert panels, chef demos, tastings (additional cost), specialty vendors, kids activities and more!
Who/what to expect at Kernza Fest:
• Cooking with Kernza demos with Chefs Jametta Raspberry and Gustavo Romero
• Expert panel speakers
• Live music by the Roe Family Singers
• Paper Plains, an interactive experience in papermaking and native prairie planting
• Free water testing with MPCA, MN Dept of Agriculture and MN Well Owners Association
• Shopping at the Marketplace with vendors and exhibitors: https://www.lakepepinlegacyalliance.org/vendors
General admission to Kernza Fest is free for all ages. Entrance to the Tasting Tent within the festival is $10. We encourage registration to help us plan!
Tasting Tent at Kernza Fest:
Sample and sip different food and beverages made from Kernza inside the Tasting Tent. Open at 3 pm to those with wristbands ($10). Save time at the door by purchasing your wristband in advance! Alcohol available to 21+ only (show ID when picking up wristband). Check the “Tasting Tent at Kernza Fest” box on the registration page linked above to pre-pay for your wristband.
Tasting Tent participants include:
• Baker’s Field Flour & Bread (Minneapolis, Minnesota – Kernza Bread
• Bang Brewing (St. Paul, Minnesota – Kernza Beer
• Chef Judy Krohn (Stockholm, Wisconsin) – Kernza Grain Salad
• Forager Brewing (Rochester, Minnesota) – Beer
• John the Baptist Beverage Company (Lake City, Minnesota) – Kombucha
• Patagonia Provisions (Sausalito, California) – Kernza Food
• Rustic Coffeehouse (Lake City, Minnesota) – Small bites


Ohuta Beach
100 Park Street
Lake City, MN 55041 United States
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