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A Big Thank-You for the Taste of Northfield

TestingMicAtTasteWe just wanted to thank everyone for the 2013 Taste of Northfield.  Great downtowns don’t just happen and neither does the Taste of Northfield.

The Cornerstone Sponsors: Archer House River Inn, Carleton College, City of Northfield, College City Beverage, Convention and Visitors Bureau, First National Bank of Northfield, KYMN, MOM Brands, Neuger Communications Group, Northfield News, and Rebound Enterprises.

The Corporate Sponsors: By All Means Graphics, the Cowles Family, The Grand Event Center, and Northfield Liquor Store.

The Business Boosters: Chapati Cuisine of India, Community Resource Bank, The Contented Cow Pub, Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee, Franek Electric, Heartman Insurance, Hogan Brothers Acoustic Cafe, Northfield Lines, J. Grundy’s Rueb’N’Stein, Northfield Historical Society, Northfield Patch, Northfield Police Department, Rick Pavek Construction, Taylor Truck Line, Upper Lakes Foods, and Waste Management.

The artists: Anna Balfany, the Bridge Square Band, the James-Younger Gang and the heroic people of Northfield, The Lost Boyz Crew and, Why Not.

The vendors: J. Grundy’s Rueb’N’Stein, The Contented Cow, Chapati, Quarterback Club, The Tavern, The Ole Store Restaurant, The HideAway, Domino’s, MOM Brands, CakeWalk, Carbone’s Pizza, Spring Creek Grill, and The Grand Event Center.

…and the dozens and dozens of volunteers who helped to make the Taste happen and downtown great!

Lots of Great Regional Music…in Downtown Northfield

The Minnesota Folk duo Lee Mensinger and Brenda Owens are playing Hogan Brothers’ Acoustic Cafe this weekend…but there’s a whole lot more great regional music going on in downtown Northfield, including Fred the Bear, Dan Israel, 2 of Hearts, and Mike Behrends.  So come on down(town) and enjoy some live music on a Summer evening.

Friday, August 24th: Carey Langer, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Lee Mensinger and Brenda Owens, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Hogan Brothers; Fred the Bear, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Dan Israel, 8:30 p.m., Tavern Lounge; and Karaoke, 9:00 p.m., Rueb’N’Stein.

Saturday, August 25th: Riverwalk Market Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Bridge Square; Summer Sonnets, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., Contented Cow; 2 of Hearts, 8:00 to 10:30 p.m., Contented Cow; and Mike Behrends, 8:00 to 11:30 p.m., Tavern Lounge; and D J Music, 9:00 p.m., Rueb’N’Stein.

Sunday, August 26th: Politics and a Pint, 6:00 p.m., and Quiz Night, 8:00 p.m., both at The Cow.

Start the Weekend with an Opening Reception

Four Northfield Area artists, Reese Gaertner, Jan Shoger, Donovan Palmquist, and Colleen Riley, exhibit artwork inspired by natural textures, colors, and forms.  The opening reception, for SYNERGY and Expressions of the Inner Self, is Friday night, at the Arts Guild Gallery, in downtown Northfield, MN.

Friday, November 11th: New Moon Trio, 5:00 to 7:00 pm., Contented Cow; The Bergen Woodwind Quintet, 7:00 p.m., Urness Recital Hall on the St. Olaf College campus; Exhibit Opening Reception, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Northfield Arts Guild; West Side Story, 7:30 p.m., Northfield High School Auditorium, Little Women, 7:30 p.m., Northfield Arts Guild Theater; Under Milk Wood, 7:30 p.m., Kelsey Theater on the St. Olaf College campus; Still Tickin’, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., Contented Cow; Carleton Orchestra Concert, 8:00 p.m., Concert Hall on the Carleton College campus; Kaleidoscope Music, 8:15 p.m., Skifter Studio on the St. Olaf College campus; Karaoke, 9:00 p.m., Rueb’N’Stein; and The Ted Pretzel Experience, 11:00 p.m., Contented Cow. Continue reading Start the Weekend with an Opening Reception

2011 Taste of Northfield is Around the Corner

June in Northfield means graduation and summer vacation. It also means that one of the best-loved community events of the year, The Taste of Northfield, is almost upon us. This year will be the 6th Annual Taste and the event is scheduled for Thursday, June 16th and Friday June 17th from 5-10 p.m. both evenings. All of the festivities happen in or near Bridge Square in Downtown Northfield. What a fantastic location for fun!

There will be a dozen or more food vendors (we’re still working on the lineup) surrounding the Square serving up their own special menus. There will be entertainment on the Showmobile both nights and a Beer and Wine Tent on the 4th Street bridge. The James Gang will do a Bank Raid re-enactment on Thursday night and Friday will bring the return of both a Silent Auction and a Live Auction. Both nights will feature a Street Dance from 8-10.

If you’re feeling up to it, this event also brings a great opportunity to volunteer. We need folks to sell tickets, police the waste stream, control admittance to the Beer Tent, tally up the silent and live auction bids, you name it! If this possibility speaks to you, contact

The Taste of Northfield is an official Northfield Downtown Development Corporation event., but we couldn’t do it without the incredible financial sponsorship given to us by: