ISU Local Food Festival: An Adventure in Eating and Community

Join us September 21, 2022 on central campus

crowd at campus festival

The ISU Local Food Festival is an annual celebration of local food and healthy living. This event centers around incorporating local foods into your daily meals, empowering healthy lifestyles, and sustainability-focused activities to engage students, faculty and staff to make connections with Ames and nearby communities. The festival began in 2015 as a collaboration between the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development, ISU Dining, ISU’s Live Green! Initiative, the ISU Sustainable Agriculture Student Association, and other partners. 

Event details

Join the 2,500 plus students and faculty in attendance for this free event Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm on central campus. View the 2022 section below for more information on participating as a vendor or sponsor. 

The festival features educational displays, locally grown and produced products for sale by local vendors and ISU clubs, and recipe samples using fresh-picked produce from the ISU Horticulture Research Station.

“The opportunity to showcase how easy it is to eat healthy is something our chefs really enjoy,” explains Karen Rodekamp, food service manager at Iowa State University.

Note: This event was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID.

Sponsors and vendors





For more information on the festival, including becoming a vendor or sponsor, email the FFED office, or call us at 515-294-3086.

Helpful links:

Iowa CSA Directory

Supporting Local Food System Development in Your Community