Twin Cities Burger Battle, Wild Meals Fandango and extra occasions to fill your foodie calendar – St. Paul Pioneer Press


Because the summer time heats up, so do the celebrations, competitions and different happenings. Listed below are some food-related occasions that you just may wish to get in your calendar earlier than it fills up.

Might 17: Cookie Cart St. Paul marks the one-year anniversary of its East Aspect dwelling with an open home that features casual excursions from the youth workers and cookie reductions (9 cookies for $6, a nod to the bakery’s tackle at 946 Payne Ave.). The nonprofit employs and empowers city teenagers by offering them with work, life and management expertise. Final yr the bakery employed 58 teenagers, who accomplished almost 9,000 hours of hands-on coaching and employment. Free; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 946 Payne Ave., St. Paul;

Burgers are prepared for tasters on the 2015 Twin Cities Burger Battle (Courtesy Twin Cities Burger Battle)

Might 18: Although flooding made planning dicey, the sixth annual Twin Cities Burger Battle will go on as deliberate. It is going to be Harriet Island’s first out of doors occasion of the season. Greater than 20 native eating places cook dinner up their finest burger and compete for votes from event-goers and judges. Proceeds profit the Sanneh Basis, which empowers underprivileged youths. The occasion has raised greater than $60,000 for the muse. Tickets embrace limitless sampling, and beer from Summit and Fulton breweries. The occasion is for these 21 and older. $60; 5 to eight:30 p.m., Harriet Island, St. Paul; extra info, together with a hyperlink to purchase tickets, go to

Might 30: Consideration wine and rose connoisseurs, Lowertown Wine and Spirits and Black Canine Cafe have joined forces to host a “informal tasting.” Lowertown Rose and Summer season Wine Tasting will function over 30 wines best for summer time, together with boutique, sustainable and natural varieties from world wide. And should you come throughout one thing that fits your fancy, there’s a 20 p.c low cost for purchases throughout the occasion. Along with the tasting, music by Missy Anderson shall be featured. Tickets are $25 and obtainable by Eventbrite or at Black Canine Cafe; 5-7:30 p.m. Black Canine Cafe, 308 Prince St., St Paul;

June 5: City Growler celebrates Poland in a giant manner on the brewery’s fifth annual Polish Heritage Celebration. They describe it as “Oktoberfest, besides it’s Polish and in June.” They’ll faucet Grodziskie, a Polish brew, and there shall be Polish dance demos, stay accordion music from Dan Daddy Squeeze, and Polish meals, together with sausages. There are additionally random drawings free of charge crimson T-shirts. Free; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; 2325 Endicott St., St. Paul;

June eight: The sixth annual Minnesota Cider Pageant returns to St. Paul, the place cider followers can take pleasure in ciders that embrace new seasonal releases and specialty varieties amid lake views at Como Lakeside Pavilion. Limitless samples from 100 native, nationwide and worldwide cider manufacturers shall be featured. Meals may even be readily available for buy.  Beginning at $50 basic admission; 1 to five p.m.; Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul; tickets obtainable at:

June 9: Wild Meals Fandango, which touts itself as the biggest annual chef-driven meals occasion within the state, returns for a 3rd installment. This one, hosted on the grounds of St. Paul’s Keg & Case West seventh Market, will function 15 competing cooks creating dishes from wild merchandise provided by Forest to Fork and RJ’s Meats. Fandango visitors can pattern the creations and solid their vote for finest dish. The occasion may even function beer from Clutch Brewing Firm, cocktails and stay music. Following the competitors, extra musical acts shall be featured throughout Fandango Fest 19’, a free live performance benefiting the Huntington’s Illness Society of America, Minnesota Chapter, with Black River Revue, Type Nation and The Large Wu taking middle stage. $45 basic admission, $95 VIP; beginning at 1 p.m., Keg & Case West seventh Market, 928 W. Seventh St., St. Paul;

Mississippi Market opened its second location, at 1500 W. seventh St., in 2009. (Pioneer Press file: Scott Takushi)

June 15: Mississippi Market is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a family-friendly block social gathering at its West Seventh location that can embrace stay music from native musicians; meals truck fare on the market; meals samples from farmers and distributors like Ferndale Market, Break Bread, Peace Espresso and Izzy’s Ice Cream; youngsters’ actions and extra. Free; Three-7 p.m.; 1500 W.
Seventh St., St. Paul;

July 14: Organized by Reverie Cellular Kitchen and The Herbivorous Butcher, the inaugural Vegan Invasion: Meals Pageant & Drink Sampler, touted as the primary of its variety in Minnesota, units out to eat, drink and store all issues vegan from plant-based firms and Minnesota drink makers. Vegan meals companies embrace Crepe & Spoon, Evan’s Natural Eatery, The J. Cellular and Vegan East. Drinks distributors Surly Brewing, Alexis Bailly Winery, Deane’s Kombucha and Misfit Espresso are additionally a part of the lineup. The occasion will highlight cruelty-free merchandise in style, tub, magnificence and past. Music from DJ Jake Rudh may even be featured. Ticket costs embrace a memento glass and limitless drink samples. Metro Transit is providing free public transportation rides. The occasion is all ages. Midday-5 p.m.; Lake Monster Brewing, 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul; tickets are $20 for designated drivers or ages 11-20, $25 basic, $45 VIP;


It’s meals truck pageant season, and three from the Minnesota Meals Truck Pageant group are developing:

June 23: Now thought-about the biggest meals truck pageant within the Midwest, the Uptown Meals Truck Pageant returns and guarantees to be grander than ever. Greater than 65 meals vans are on the roster with choices starting from poke bowls to fish tacos. Non-food vans that includes style, tub and sweetness, and music merchandise may even be readily available — as will a Cellular Escape Room trailer. Video games and stay music are a part of the leisure lineup. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; free; Uptown on Hennepin Avenue from Lake to 32nd streets, and on 31st Avenue from Humboldt to Girard avenues;
July 20: The Anoka Meals Truck Pageant returns for its third yr with an excellent greater lineup than the one earlier than it. Search for 50 meals vans, in addition to craft beers and non-alcoholic drinks featured on the occasion. Video games, a number of non-food vans and stay music are additionally within the combine. Midday-10 p.m.; free; downtown Anoka, 2015 S. First Ave., Anoka;
Aug. 17: The St. Paul Meals Truck Pageant will collect at Mears Park and have 40 meals vans, in addition to craft beers and non-alcoholic drinks. Non-food vans, video games and stay music are additionally in retailer. Midday-10 p.m.; free; Mears Park, Lowertown, 221 E. Fifth St., St. Paul;

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