Join us at Harriet Alexander Nature Center (HANC) on Saturday, September 19 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. for Roseville’s Wild Rice Festival. It’s a great day for a free community celebration of wild rice, Native American culture and Minnesota’s fall season.
We have a day of free activities that celebrate foods harvested in the fall, natural history and traditional cultures of Minnesota.
We’ll have Native American music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, and singing. Gibbs Farm will offer historical vignettes and a replica tipi with artifacts of traditional Dakota life. St. Paul Mounted Police will bring an Appaloosa horse, and we'll have a special event store selling wild rice, honey, jams and other items. Pow Wow Grounds, a Native American cafe, will sell wild rice soup, fry bread, Indian tacos, yogurt/wild rice parfaits, buffalo “dogs,” and more. Several food trucks will provide other food options.
Our resident beekeeper will demonstrate the honey-making process and fill bottles with honey fresh from the hives. Volunteers will operate an apple cider press, and visitors can help squeeze a fresh cup of cider. Kids’ activities include crafts and games, making bird houses and printing t-shirts (for a small fee).
HANC is located at 2520 North Dale Street, north of Highway 36, in Roseville. It includes 52 acres of marsh, prairie and forest habitats. The Wild Rice Festival is sponsored by Great Southern Bank with additional support by Half Price Books. This will be a zero waste event.
More information about the festival is available at WildRiceFestival.org or call 651-765-HANC (4262).
Note: Due to the later start time, breakfast will not be served at this year's Wild Rice Festival. Food trucks will be on hand throughout the day handle concessions.