ST. CLOUD - Different foods, crafts and cultures were on display at the Great River Global Market during the 3rd Annual St. Cloud Walk About on Saturday.

The market was hosted by the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project. The group consists of community members, businesses, non-profts and government all working to support immigrant and minority groups in Central Minnesota. Ann Finan is the Vice President on the board of the group, she says St. Cloud has seen recent shifts in its population.

"Central Minnesota has experienced a really dramatic influx of new cultures in the last several years-we have a lot of new African immigrants as well as new Latino and Asian immigrants," Finan says

The market hoped to bring greater awareness of the diverse communities in Central Minnesota. Food vendors like Buen Apetito, Greek Cravings and Frozen Yogurt Creations offered different options for those attending the Walk About.

Other vendors included the CMSP Market Gardeners, Casa Guadalupe, Eco-Eclectic Apparel, Diversity Foundation, Inc, G & G Lazos and Central Minnesota Food Solutions.

A new Spanish Media newspaper La Tribuna was also at the Market. La Tribuna is a local newspaper in Spanish for our Bilingual and Spanish speaking communities of Central Minnesota. The newspaper will launch on August 1st.

Finan says the conference gave these local businesses a chance to reach out to the St. Cloud community.

"This is an excellent opportunity for these small businesses and entrepreneurs to network with each other and really expand their market," Finan says.

More information on the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project can be found here.


Food being enjoyed at the Global Market. (Dan DeBaun, WJON News)