Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the Twin Cities:
1) 3rd Annual Boar Fest
When: Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
Where: Butcher & the Boar
What: B&TB is at it once again with a festival in their beer garden. You'll find a line up of Fulton beers along with special drink menu items including Knob Creek single barrel bourbon and Fulton ginger ale. For eats, they'll have Knob Creek maple boar sausage, grilled and chilled oysters, signature cured meats and a selection of B&TB sausages. There will be six bands on two stages throughout the fest. More information can be found here.
2) 612Brew Oktoberfest
When: Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.
What: 612Brew is throwing their very own Oktoberfest this Saturday with five food trucks (Motley Crews, Tiki Tim's, Messy Giuseppe, Bloomy's Roast Beef, and Minnesota Twins Food Truck), five local bands, hammerschlagen, and 612Brew's very own Oktoberfest beer on tap. Break out your dirndl and lederhosen for a chance to win prizes for those best dressed in Oktoberfest attire. Music lineup and other information can be found here.
3) Twin Cities Oktoberfest
When: Friday, 4 to 11 p.m. & Saturday 12:30 to 11 p.m.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds
What: Twin Cities Oktoberfest is all about beer, brats, and everything great about being German. The two-day event takes place at the Eco-expierence building turned Munich-style beer hall on the state fairgrounds. The event promises live music, Summit Oktoberfest, traditional German foods, performances from traditional dance entertainers, and more. Find tickets and other event info here.
When: Friday, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Glockenspiel Restaurant
What: Find even more Oktoberfest happenings this time on St. Paul's West 7th at Glockenspiel Restaurant. There will be beer, accordion players, sausage samplings from Deutschland Meats, prizes, games, beer pong, a sauerkraut eating contest, contests for best dressed and best beer belly, and a meat raffle fundraiser supporting the St. Paul Fire Foundation. Check out details on Glock-toberfest on the restaurant's Facebook page.
5) Taste of Northeast
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Northeast Farmers Market
What: The Northeast Farmers Market brings a number of the neighborhood's top eateries together for the Taste of Northeast. The event will feature one or two dishes each from Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, Modern Cafe, Chowgirls Killer Catering, Brasa Rotisserie, Vellee Deli, and Gnocchi.Me. Be sure to check out the featured cooking demo from Chef Kate Moore. To find more information about the event, click here.
Also of Note: FIKA, the cafe at ASI, is celebrating Sweden's Kanelbullens dag or Cinnamon Bun Day (Friday until 4:30 p.m). Moto-i kicks off sake brewing while celebrating their 5th anniversary with $5 sake all day plus other specials and events (Saturday 5 to 10 p.m.). Shamrock's Irish Nook is having their own Oktoberfest celebration with live music, beer, and food specials (Saturday, starting at 4 p.m.). Tickets for Brasa's Beef, More Beef, and Beer Dinner are currently available for the dinner next Tuesday (6 and 8 p.m.). The Soap Factory's Haunted Basement is back for the season now with cocktails from a Spooky Speakeasy pop-up bar.