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Sandcastle Opening, Urban Bean Throwdown & More

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining and drinking events going on around the Twin Cities:

Sandcastle_Cannon_01.jpg1) Sandcastle Opens for the Season
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Where: Sandcastle
What: Springtime is upon us when Doug Flicker's Sandcastle opens its doors and reminds you to "eat like a king". The Lake Nokomis favorite is back and serving up beer, wine, and all types of goodies including cheese curds, fish tacos, and new this year soft serve ice cream. Doors officially open on Saturday at 11 a.m. Check out Sandcastle's official website for more information and to see menu offerings.

urbanbeanlyndale.jpg2) Urban Bean Latte Art Throwdown
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Where: Urban Bean
What: Tonight, the Lyndale location of Urban Bean is hosting a latte art throwdown. Watch Minneapolis's most skilled baristas as they vie in a latte art competition to win the coveted trophy. Sip Dogwood coffee and cheer on the spectacular foamy wonder that is latte art. P.O.S. from Doomtree will even be there as a special guest judge. Find more information about the competition here.

ASIWinterSol.jpg3) Cocktails at the Castle: Swedish House Party
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute
What: ASI is hosting another Cocktails at the Castle event by throwing a house party to celebrate Europe Day, the annual celebration of peace and unity. This is a full night of dancing, photo booth fun, outdoor games, and live music. There will be food from FIKA, beer from Indeed Brewing, and cocktails by Far North Spirits. Get your tickets while you can for this 21+ event. Find more info and tickets here.

harrietfoodtruckrally.JPG4) Spring Spread Food Truck Rally
When: Saturday, noon
Where: Harriet Brewing Co
What: The Minnesota Food Truck Association is gathering its truck members to kick-off the season with the Spring Spread Food Truck Rally at Harriet Brewing. Trucks (including Andrew Zimmern Canteen, Hot Indian Foods, Turkey to Go, and many others) will serve up food items along with Harriet beers (including the recently released Sol Bock) at the taproom. For food truck and music line ups, click here.

askovfinlayson1.jpg5) The Great American Tailgating Party
When: Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Askov Finlayson
What: Askov Finlayson invites you to come celebrate the arrival of warm weather in true Minnesota fashion by sipping on some Hamm's beer and nomming on Natedogs quality wieners. Consider this as an option for pre-gaming before the Twins game, putting some cushion in your belly before hitting up Marvel Bar, or just hang out and look pretty in the North Loop with Nate. Find more information here.

pignfiddle.jpgAlso of Note: Pig & Fiddle is hosting a Game of Thrones beer dinner with Ommegang Brewery (Thursday, 7 p.m.). Online sales are closed but you can still get tickets at the door for tonight's Fish Bites event at the Minnesota Zoo (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.). There's still time to get in on any of the remaining, Minnesota Craft Beer week events. There is a scotchy scotch scotch tasting at Black Forest Inn happening on Tuesday (7 p.m.). Tickets tickets tickets: Online registration for Cajun 2 Geaux's crawfish boil at 612 is happening right now (May 16). Sweet berry wine! Get your tickets for Solo Vino's Rosé tasting event. Tickets for Share our Strength's HOTlist event are on sale now (June 23).