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You may think our job is to bring you quality products and an exceptional experience, and it is, but we also strive to provide value and enrich the lives of our guests and neighbors beyond just selling groceries. The moment you step foot into Festival Foods, you'll be quick to note a few smiling faces or a friendly 'hello' eager to help.


  • Love People

    Set aside those fresh veggies, we're in the people business. We just happen to sell groceries.

  • Help You Grow

    Experience our passion for and commitment to personal and professional growth.

  • Offer Great Benefits

    Gain access to some impressive company perks, no matter your job status.

  • Have (Serious) Fun

    Laugh every day and don't take yourself too seriously. You'll fit right in.

  • Are Active In Our Communities

    Join in making your community a great place to live, work and play.


Cashier. Baker. Department Manager. Cake Decorator. Registered Dietitian. Accountant. Whatever the position at Festival Foods, we're strongly committed to developing associates both personally and professionally.

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    GOLD Program

    The Grocery Operations Leadership Development Program focuses on technical and leadership training to build our bench of potential future leaders.

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    Professional Growth

    Exceptional performance creates a plethora of opportunities to grow within Festival Foods, both personally and professionally.

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    Be More Than an 'Employee'

    Associates own their careers at Festival Foods and are empowered to get results and grow through meaningful work and challenging experiences.

Career Development


  • Festival Foods is a family- and employee-owned company thanks to our ESOP, the employee stock ownership program.
  • With only $500 of borrowed money and a lot of enthusiasm, Paul and Jane Skogen opened a 3,000 square foot store that was attached to their house in Onalaska, Wisconsin in 1946. This was the first Festival Foods.
  • Festival Foods has full kitchens in our deli and a scratch bakery. That means fresh foods, made from scratch-almost daily.
  • Every business decision made at Festival Foods is based on the question, "Will it bring the customer back?"
  • Festival Foods associates practice '10-tiling': Any associate within 10 feet (or tiles) of a guest acknowledges that person with a smile, a simple hello or in striking up a conversation.
  • We live by the Boomerang Basics, 27 actionable idea items that make Festival Foods an exceptional place to work and visit.
  • Associates saving for school can participate in 'Dollars for Students,' saving 50¢ for every hour worked to use at anytime while employed at Festival Foods for eligible tuition expenses. Plus, Festival Foods will match what's in the account dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
  • Our company has a long history of supporting our communities. These are the communities we have grown up in, work in and call home.
  • "I have been with Festival for 6.5 years and I've enjoyed every minute of it. I have a great team of people that I work with; we're like a family and it's terrific. Besides that, there is a lot of opportunity for growth within the store. The culture here at Festival is amazing; never have I worked with a company before that practices their values daily!"

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    Char W.

    "This is my second year working at Festival and I love it. Everyone that works here is so nice and I've made so many new friendships. You can always count on a friendly face when you go, which makes working here a great experience as well."

    Katie Z.
  • "To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work. Festival treats you like family and gives you the ability to grow relationships."

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    Aaron J.

    "You just need to find your passion. There are so many opportunities within Festival Foods. You just need to find something that interests you and go for it.."

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    Nick B.
  • "Don’t worry if you don’t have experience. Don’t look at it as just a job. Look at it as an opportunity to grow."

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    April R.

    "I started at Festival when I was 16 years old expecting it to be a part time job to get me through high school and college. Shortly after starting to work for Festival, I quickly realized I wanted to make Festival a career. Over 15 years later, I am still here! Festival's commitment to associate development has been incredible to not only be a part of, but to watch other associates develop as well. To know Festival truly cares about me personally and professionally makes me realize how blessed I truly am to be able to work here."

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    Sarah V.

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