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Rapid City Beef Crawl set for May 11

Enjoy tasty beef dishes and a tour of downtown Rapid City in the 2015 Rapid City Beef Crawl on May 11, 2015. Ag United for South Dakota and the South Dakota Beef Industry Council have teamed up to host this annual event.

"Starting at 6 p.m., the Rapid City Beef Crawl will begin at the Firehouse Brewing Co. in downtown Rapid City," said Rebecca Christman, Ag United for South Dakota outreach director. "From there, we will also be making stops at Delmonico Grill and Vertex Sky Lounge."

The Rapid City Beef Crawl follows the highly anticipated 2015 Sioux Falls Beef Crawl, which was held on March 30.

"In Sioux Falls, we stopped at Crawford's, Parker's Bistro, and Half Baked," said Christman. "Each stop had beef, including the dessert! We had 50 area individuals and five farmer couples participant in the event. There was great conversation about how cattle are raised and the nutritional benefits of beef in the diet."

The Beef Crawl events allow for consumers and producers to meet and dine together, sparking conversations about where food comes from and how it gets to the dinner table.

"Anyone is welcome to this event," said Christman. "The Beef Crawl is great for folks who would like to enjoy a nice meal and are interested in learning more about how beef is raised. This event gives consumers the opportunity to ask questions directly to the source, instead of relying on second-hand information. The event also gives producers some insight into what consumers believe about their product. It can bring to light both positive and negative perceptions from consumers."

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The event, which is paid in part by the Beef Checkoff Program, allows producers to share the true story of modern agriculture and address any concerns consumers might have about how food is produced, said Christman.

Tickets are $30 and are available at http://www.agunited.org or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-rapid-city-beef-crawl-tickets-15353050387

For more information on projects of the beef checkoff, check out http://www.sdbeef.org.

–SDBIC