FEAST your eyes: Discover local, artisan-made delicacies this holiday season

STUMPED ON SECRET SANTA IDEAS? NEED A HOSTESS GIFT? ATTEND THE FIFTH ANNUAL FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace, December 1, 2018, Mayo Civic Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With treasures locally sourced and crafted by over 100 food artisans, Feast! features culinary gifts sure to impress everyone from Bob in accounting to your child’s third-grade teacher. For only $8, you can sample everything before you buy and watch cooking demonstrations. Supporting the local economy never tasted so good.   

Check out a few of our FEAST! favorites at the event or on their websites. Visit local-feast.org for a complete list of exhibitors.

Maple Syrup from B&E’s Trees

B&E’s Trees is offering a bourban barrel-aged maple syrup as beautiful as it is delicious. Produced on an off-grid farm in Viroqua, Wisconsin, this pancake topper’s smoky vanilla tones (with hints of bourbon) enhances everything from carrots to cocktails. For more information visit BandEsTrees.com. 

Shokolate Haven Chocolate & Confectionery

Have a chocolate lover on your list? Try Shokolate Haven’s Sea Salt Caramels in milk or dark chocolate. Handcrafted in Lindstrom, Minnesota, the chocolates are made with locally sourced butter, organic heavy cream and pure vanilla. Shokolate Haven won a 2017 Silver Truffle Award. For more information visit shokolatehaven.com

American Hazelnut Company
Any foodie will savor the flexibility and subtle flavor of American Hazelnut Company’s heart-healthy oil. Produced from hazelnuts grown in Wisconsin, this cold-pressed, unfiltered oil is perfect for dressing a salad or drizzling over pasta. To learn more, visit americanhazelnutcompany.com. 

Carlson Roasting Coffee
Guatemala Huehuetenango Women Producers Coffee is fair trade organic certified and helps financially empower women growers and raise awareness about gender inequity in coffee-producing countries. Roasted to perfection by Carlson Roasting in Houston, Minnesota, this well-balanced coffee has lively notes of chocolate, nut and lemon. For more information, visit carlsonroasting.com.

Marlene Petersen is a Twin-Cities based writer who would love to find any of these gifts under her tree.