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Art-a-Whirl, Food Trucks, Burger Battle This Weekend May 14-18

We have art, we have food trucks, we have beer! This is no time to dawdle people. Let’s do this.

Travail will host the Benefit for Tommy B
Travail will host the Benefit for Tommy B
Katie Cannon

Thursday, May 14th

A foodie event helps feed kids

No Kid Hungry is holding a fundraising event at Muse Event Center. The Flavor event celebrates local restaurants while raising money for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign, connecting kids in need to a variety of nutrition programs. The event will include tastings from over 20 restaurants such as Le Town Talk, Pazzaluna, and Parma 8200, as well as beer, wine and liquor from Summit Brewing, Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery, 11 Wells and more.

Speaking of No Kid Hungry, tickets are now on sale for their highly anticipated Minneapolis Taste of the Nation Hot List. The event will be held June 11th at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.

Friday, May 15th

Cocktails at the Castle: Dynamite Night

The American Swedish Institute will host Cocktails at the Castle at the historic Turnblad Mansion. The event will showcase their latest exhibition Nobel Creations and will include music, a fashion show, nibbles and specialty cocktails by FIKA, a campus-wide scavenger hunt for prizes, bonfires and s’mores, fire dancers, and even science experiments. Now there is a combination you don’t see every day. Guests are invited to dress up for the ritzy ball or dress down with the creative genius of a Nobel Laureate. We are not sure what that means, but it sure sounds like a blast!

Friday, May 15–Sunday, May 17

Art-A-Whirl takes over Nordeast

The annual Art-A-Whirl event, held throughout Northeast Minneapolis, has been ushering in summer for 20 years. Highlights include Bauhaus Liquid Zoo event, Indeed Brewing’s yearly bash is appropriately named Whirlygig, and 612Brew's third annual Art, Music and Beer event.

Saturday, May 16th

Let the burger battle begin

The Twin Cities’ best burger slingers will showcase their creations during The Twin Cities Burger Battle. Enjoy local music and beer, plus sliders from all participating chefs. Guests will choose the People’s Choice winner while a panel of judges will crown the Twin Cities Burger Battle champion. Proceeds from the Burger Battle go to the Sanneh Foundation.

Saturday, May 16th

Ahoy beer lovers

All aboard the Avalon Riverboat for the 9th Annual Brewers Bazaar. Enjoy the spectacular vistas of the St. Croix while sampling some of the best in regional beers. Meet the brewers and take home a commemorative pilsner glass to boot. The four-hour event will include pours from Lift Bridge, Bent Brewery, Brau Brothers and many, many more.

Sunday, May 17th

Throwdown for Tommy B: A benefit for this fine gentleman

Local chef Tommy Begnaud was injured in a car crash in March and the local food and beer community is stepping up and throwing a party in his honor. One hundred bucks gets you all you can eat and drink and 100% of the money goes to Chef Tommy B.

Sunday, May 17th

This is not a drill: All you can eat pizza and beer

Pig Ate My Pizza is throwing an all-you-can-handle pizza bash with Fulton Brewing. Yep, you read right, all the Fulton brews you can drink and all the over-the-top pizza you can shove in your belly for $45 per person, plus, a commemorative tasting glass to bring home.

Monday, May 18th

It’s not over yet!

The weekend spills into Monday with Republic’s 4th Anniversary party. The celebration will be held at The Cedar with a line up of live music acts, which include Republic’s own multi-talented staff.

-by Alex Lodner