Local Food Festival


The 2016 Local Food Festival

This year’s events run from September 11-17, 2016 and includes the Share the Harvest Dinner, Local Food Fair, Culinary Walk, Farm to Market Farmer Fair on Kid’s Day and Local Lunch & Learns.

The annual Local Food Festival celebrates locally-grown foods, local farmers and culinary excellence while bringing together the community in support of a stronger local food system.

Support for our annual festival helps us to maintain Field to Family’s Local Food Finder listing and coordinate our Farm to School program (one of the largest chapters in the state). More information is on our Support Us page.

Share the Harvest Dinner

Sunday, Sept. 11 5:00-8:00 pm
Share Wine Lounge, 210 S. Dubuque St.
Featuring entrées from local chefs with ingredients procured from local farmers. A Farm to Table meal! $50/2 tickets. Tickets on sale on Monday, August 29.

Local Lunch & Learns
Mon.-Fri., Sept.12-16 Noon-1:00 pm
Featuring Chef demonstrations, exploring a new outdoor classroom and a new initiative at the County Poor Farm.
Various locations to be announced
Free, with option to purchase lunch.

Local Food Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 14
5:00-7:00 pm Iowa City Farmer’s Market, Chauncey Swan Learn about local food related initiatives in Johnson County from advocates, farmers and local food entrepreneurs with booths, educational materials, and food tasting. Free and families welcome!

Culinary Walk
Thursday, Sept. 15 5:30-8:30 pm
Stroll through downtown Iowa City and enjoy delicious dishes made from local ingredients at 7 area restaurants including: New Pioneer Food Co-op, Atlas, Basta, Devotay, Motley Cow Cafe, Pullman Bar and Diner, Share Wine Bistro. Early Bird rates: $20; $15 for students & low-Income. All ticket prices $30 after September 10. Tickets for sale starting on August 29 at New Pi and online.

Farm to School Farmer Fair & Outdoor Classroom Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, Sept. 17 9:00 am-noon
Iowa City Farmer’s Market, Chauncey Swan & Outdoor Classroom at the Iowa City Recreation Center
Featuring Farm to School Farmer Fair, School Garden Produce Booth, Food Tasting, Chickens and more hands-on activities as part of the annual Kid’s Day event. Fun for the whole family! Plus, the Ribbon Cutting of the new Outdoor Classroom at the Iowa City Recreation Center. Free


Why Local Food Will Fade Away and How We Can Save It
Tuesday, September 13, 7:30 pm at Iowa City Public Library
Suzan Erem, president of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust. Refreshments will be served. Free.

If you want to partner on a local food related event during Eat Drink Local Week, please contact us!

Last year’s Field to Family Festival was EPIC!

Field to Family’s annual Local Foods Festival brought the community together to support local farmers, locally grown healthy foods and a stronger community food system. Festival Press Release

Field to Family once again thanks New Pioneer Food Co-op for their sponsorship of the Festival at the Blue Ribbon Level. Their support is integral to our Farm to School Chapter, Local Food Finder and our Festival. We share an appreciation for local foods and healthy communities. Thank you New Pioneer Food Co-op!

2015 Local Foods Festival EVENTS:

Local Food Fair
Wednesday, September 16th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Iowa City Farmers Market
Learn about local food related initiatives in Johnson County from Field to Family, Local Foods Connection, Johnson County Food Policy Council and many other organizations, farmers and businesses working to improve and strengthen our community food system. Learn more about your community and get involved!

Culinary Walk
Thursday, September 17th from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; downtown Iowa City
A delicious fundraiser for Field to Family featuring seven downtown restaurants. Walk with friends and sample culinary treats from local restaurants featuring ingredients from local farmers. This year’s walk features food from the following restaurants:

Farm to School Farmer Fair at Kids Day
Saturday, September 19th 9 AM-12 PM, Iowa City Farmer’s Market
Featuring the Farm to School produce booth, hands-on educational activities taught by farmers, nutritionists, and chefs. Co-organized by Johnson County’s Alliance for Healthy Living. Fun and Free for all ages!

Share the Harvest Dinner
Sunday, September 20th, 5:00pm, 5:30 program begins; at the Sheraton, downtown Iowa City
A fundraiser for Field to Family featuring entrées from five local chefs with ingredients procured from local farmers, paired with Iowa craft beer. Our Keynote Speaker is Doug Alberhasky speaking on “Past Present and Future of Iowa’s craft beer industry.” Local chefs include: Heskeith Flavin from Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro, Kristen Goldsberry from Hy-Vee, David Burt from Four Square Meals, Thorin Peugh from Wind Shadow Farm and DJ Matthews from John’s Grocery all serving small plates with locally sourced ingredients paired with brews from Big Grove Brewery! Join us for a good cause!

Proceeds from the Local Foods Festival support Field to Family’s Local Food Finder and Farm to School programs.

Sponsors of the 14th annual Field to Family Local Foods Festival include (largest to smallest): New Pioneer Food Co-op, Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD), Hy-Vee, John’s Grocery, Hills Bank, Edible Iowa River Valley Magazine, Share, Little Village, UICCU, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Four Square Meals, Johnson County Public Health, Local Foods Connection, Blue Zones Iowa City, Pavelka’s Point Meats, MidWestOneKalona Supernatural and Organic Greens, LLC.

If you are interested in being a part of our 15th annual Field to Family Festival in 2016, please contact Michelle Kenyon.


The 2014 Field to Family Festival was a great success! More information on the 2014 Festival can be found here.