Local Food Festival

The 2018 Local Food Festival   2016 Poster Picture

Planning for the 2018 Local Food Festival is underway! Check back here for updates soon!


The 2017 Local Food Festival Events include:

September 7 Culinary Walk
September 11- 17 Eat Local Week!
September 17 Kid’s Day at the Iowa City Farmers Market
September 30, 1:30-5:30 PM Food System Teach-In

Want to get involved in the planning, volunteer or sponsor this year’s event? Contact us today at (319) 325-2701 for phone/text or send a message to director@fieldtofamily.org!

BELOW: Learn more about the 2016 Local Food Festival: Events occurred on September 11-17, 2016 and included the Share the Harvest Dinner, Local Food Fair, Culinary Walk, Farm to School Farmer Fair on Kid’s Day and Local Lunch & Learns.

Check our a slideshow of photos from the 2016 Local Food Festival Events.

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. 2016 Poster for download

Support for our annual festival helps us to maintain Field to Family’s Local Food Finder listing and coordinate our Farm to School program. IMG_3089

Local Food Finder is an online resource that connects eaters with growers. Farm to School works to teach kids where their food comes from, increase the amount of fresh, local food that students eat and increase the number of students who learn the components of a healthy and sustainable community food system. This is accomplished by hosting Farmer Fairs in elementary schools where the farm goes to school, supporting school gardens, procuring local food for the school lunch menu and organizing farm stands in food deserts offering free or low cost locally grown produce along with cooking demonstrations, food tastings, garden workshops and more. More information is on our Support Us page.

2016 Festival Events:

Share the Harvest Dinner

Sunday, Sept. 11 5:00-8:00 pm; Service starts at 5:30 PM.
Share Wine Lounge, 210 S. Dubuque St.


The annual Share the Harvest Dinner, a plated five-course meal featuring entrées with ingredients procured from local farmers was led by Share Chef Heskeith Flavien and supported by Chef DJ Mathews from John’s Grocery, staged on the Share Wine Bistro’s Ped Mall patio. Best Case Wines, John’s Grocery and Exile Brewery donated drinks. Special thanks to Derek Roller from Echollective Farm, Lois Pavelka from Pavelka’s Point Meats and James Nisly from Organic Greens for donating (or providing a discount) to the menu. Also thanks to Get Fresh, Kalona Supernatural, Wilson’s Orchard and Green Share LLC for their donations. 

Local Lunch & Learns- Free
Mon.-Wed. & Fri., Sept.12, 13, 14 & 16 Noon-1:00 pm
Featuring Chef demonstrations, exploring a new outdoor classroom and a new initiative at the County Poor Farm.
Monday: Local Lunch & Learn: Grow an Edible Outdoor Classroom at the Iowa City Rec Center. Free. BYO Lunch.
Tuesday: Local Lunch & Learn with Chef Kyle from Local Burrito at MERGE, PED Mall, 136 S. Dubuque St. Free with option to purchase lunch.
Wednesday: Local Lunch & Learn with Chef Katie from Trumpet Blossom at Trumpet Blossom Cafe, 310 E. Prentiss St. Free with option to purchase lunch.
Friday: Local Lunch & Learn with Grow Johnson County, located at the Johnson County Poor Farm 4811 Melrose Ave, Iowa City. Free. BYO Lunch.

Local Food Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 14
5:00-7:00 pm Iowa City Farmer’s Market, Chauncey Swan Park & Ramp

AABNEW PI copyA local food showcase featuring food tastings, free samples and educational materials from farmers, local-foods based businesses and organizations promoting local foods. Free and fun for the entire family.

Featuring Backyard Abundance, Field to Family, Geyer’s Oven, Grow: Johnson County, Growing Together Garden, Hy-Vee, Iowa Choice Harvest, Iowa Valley Food Co-op, Johnson County Food Policy Council, Lettuce Feed Others, Local Foods Connection, Plate of the Union, Wilsons Orchard, and more! 

Culinary Walk
Thursday, Sept. 15 5:30-8:30 pm
Downtown Iowa City
Stroll through downtown Iowa City and enjoy delicious dishes made from local ingredients at 7 area restaurants including:

Farm to School Farmer Fair & Outdoor Classroom Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, Sept. 17 9:00 am-noon
Iowa City Farmer’s Market, CSchool Garden Produce Boothhauncey 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.

The annual Local Foods Festival is sponsored by New Pioneer Co-op. Also by Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD), Hills Bank, Little Village, Edible Iowa River Valley Magazine, and Hy-Vee.

With additional support from Share Wine Lounge & Bistro, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Get Fresh, Organic Greens, LLC, Pullman Bar and Diner, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Local Foods Connection, Backyard Abundance, Pavelka’s Point Meats, 30th Century Bicycle, MidWestOne, and Kalona Supernatural.

The 2015 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!

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.

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