The Driftless Farm & Food Fest is an annual celebration of local farmers, chefs, and community groups transforming our food system from the ground up.
Through a series of events in and around Dubuque, IA and Southwest Wisconsin including the Driftless Farm Crawl & Farm to Table Dinner, the weekend brings people together who care about the food they eat with the people growing it and supports year-round local foods education in our community.
Thursday August 25
Back-to-School Lecture with Fred Kirshenmann
6:00PM at Clarke Univeristy’s Jansen Music Hall
Clarke University presents Fred Kirschenmann, a longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture for a timely and crucial conversation about the future of food in a changing climate. Kirschenman is a professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious studies at Iowa State University and has received international recognition for his writing on land ethics. Click here to learn more
Saturday September 10
FREE Farm Tours, Tastings & More
12:30-4:30PM Driftless Farm Crawl – is a free 100 mile self-guided tour through the beautiful Driftless Region. Five of the region’s farms and community food projects will open their doors for family-friendly tours, tastings, demonstrations and activities. Click here to learn more
Sunday September 11
Four-Course Dinner to Benefit Local Foods Education
4:00PM at Four Mounds Estate
Reserve your spot today! The ultimate culinary experience, the four-course, family style Farm to Table Dinner pairs the area’s best chefs with the best seasonal ingredients for an unforgettable evening overlooking the Mississippi River at Four Mounds. All proceeded go to benefit community foods education at three Dubuque-area organizations. Click here to learn more about our beneficiaries & organizers.
Farm to School 2016
This year we are teaming up with Dubuque Community School District for a special Farm to School themed Farm Crawl, spotlighting farmers and programs helping the next generation understand the role of agriculture in supporting health, natural resources, and rural economies through school gardens, school lunch, and classroom activities.