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Save the Date! South Dakota Local Foods Conference Nov. 2-4, 2017 in Spearfish.

Posted 7/19/2017 3:04pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

This year's keynote speaker is Chef Deborah Madison. She is also a cooking teacher and cookbook author ( Chef Madison is now home from her West Coast tour promoting her newest book “In My Kitchen” which shares 100 vegetable-focused recipes perfect for weeknight dinners to special occasions. The book features the back-story of the various recipes accompanied with beautiful photographs.

She will participate in three sessions at the conference. Her keynote will discuss the importance of regional foods to a place and why they can be compelling to visitors. She will provide attendees with ideas for showcasing local foods. She will continuing the theme of her keynote talk during a breakout session where attendees will discuss ups and downs involved in featuring local foods and connecting food to tourism. Additionally, she will join panelists Chef Scott Brinker and Rachel Headley Thursday afternoon during a pre-conference session that will address local foods in healthcare. Mark your calendars!

In-depth pre-conference session on Nov. 2 include: Resources & Technical Assistance, Local Foods & Healthcare, Farm to School & Food Safety.   Breakout Sessions include: Fruit growers & wine, workamping & interns, meat & dairy goats, healthy soils/healthy food, The Joy of a Farm Stand, Chef’s panel, Brewers’ panel, food hubs, growing organic, getting into ancient grains, hydroponics, food safety regulations, agri-tourism and more!  

The evening of Nov 3. will feature a Spectacular Social Event. The event will  feature chef & producer food pairings and networking.

We are still seeking conference vendors & sponsors! Showcase your business with an exhibitor’s booth or consider helping sponsor our event. Please contact Ms. Cory Tomovick (

A block of rooms is available at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center. 605-642-4683.

For more information visit South Dakota Local Foods Conference Event at