A celebration of wild rice, the Minnesota fall season and Native American culture!
– Children’s games and activities
– Hands-on apple cider pressing
– Storytelling and other live entertainment
– Traditional wild rice harvesting and honey extraction demonstrations
– Wild rice soup, fry bread, and other tasty treats
The Wild Rice Festival is presented by volunteers supporting the Harriet Alexander Nature Center. Proceeds from the event support the Nature Center (a part of the Roseville Parks and Recreation Department) and its mission of environmental education and outdoor recreation.
Psiŋhnaketu Wi (wild rice storing moon)
UnderstandNativeMN: Psiŋhnaketu Wi (wild rice storing moon) started for the Dakota people. Wild rice has always been important to Dakota people, and the first harvest begins in present-day northern Minnesota. This was an important time to begin the wild ricing process to create an ample winter supply.
Even today, people go out onto the lakes with canoes and wooden knockers to harvest wild rice. It is a lengthy process—harvesting, hulling, drying, and storing—that can take up to several weeks. Today, wild rice can be enjoyed in many dishes.