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Free Izzy's Ice Cream, Cocktails and Kraftskiva, Everything You Need to Know for the Weekend

So much to see and eat and do for the first weekend in August.

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Happy Birthday, Izzy's!
Happy Birthday, Izzy's!
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Wednesday July 29th

Scream for free ice cream

Izzy's is turning 15 years old and throwing itself a birthday party, complete with free Izzy scoops- those itty bitty ice cream balls that top their regular servings. From 7pm-10pm Izzy's West River Parkway location will also have food, (more!) ice cream and music from Brass Messengers. 

Straight up. Photo by Joy Summers

Straight up. Photo by Joy Summers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cocktails. Need we say more?

The 4th annual Minnesota Monthly Fine Spirits Classic will include high-end spirits from around the globe, hors d’oeuvres from La Grolla, Bloomington Chop House, Eat Street Social and Fogo de Chao, and local bartenders showing off their talents.

Friday, July 31st

Goose Island Migration Week

After a kick-off party on Tuesday, the annual Goose Island Migration Week continues with events through out the metro. Migration Week introduces fans outside Illinois to this Chicago-brewed beer. Stop by Stub & Herbs on Friday for Celebration of Beer, a Goose Island Beer Company tradition. Try brews that rarely get past state lines like BCS Proprietors 2014, Juliet 2013, and The Ogden.

Kraftskiva! Photo by Joy Summers Joy Summers

Kraftskiva! Photo by Joy Summers

Saturday, August 1st

KRÄFTSKIVA! 2015

Kräftskiva is a traditional end of summer crayfish party originating in Sweden. Everyone is a Swede in spirit at the Bachelor Farmer’s 4th Annual Kräftskiva! 2015. The tantalizing menu includes mountains of dilled crayfish, TFB’s famous meatballs, grilled sweet corn, warm flat bread, adult snow cones, and…wait for it…aquavit.

100% of the proceeds from the event will go to support the Mississippi River Fund. The Bachelor Farmer's reps tell us that the event is close to selling out. To reserve your spot at the mudbug party, tickets are available in advance here.

Off to the races

Canterbury Park will play host to a beer fest on Saturday, where revelers can enjoy samples from nearly 200 craft brewers, along with music from Tim Mahoney and grub from a few Food Trucks. VIP tix get you free pizza from Tru Pizza.

PopUp Fancy Schmancy Dinner

Imagine a field of white, where candles flicker in the evening breeze and casual banter and delicious food abound. Handmade Events presents The PopUp Dinner, a flash mob style picnic held at a secret location revealed just hours before the event. Guests are asked to wear white attire, bring their own picnic dinner and maybe a candelabra or five.

Fermentation on Wheels photo courtesy Facebook

Fermentation on Wheels photo courtesy Facebook

Get cultured

Fermentation on Wheels, an Oregon-based grassroots organization that strives to raise awareness of food sustainability and fermentation, will park its bus in front of GYST Fermentation Bar on Saturday. Take a tour of this converted school bus, which now functions as a fermentation lab and workshop space, or participate in a workshop called "Get Cultured! A Workshop on Starter Cultures in Fermentation" and learn everything you didn’t know you needed to know about traditionally-preserved foods.

Sunday, August 2nd

Brews on the Block

Red Stag Supper Club and The Growler are teaming up for In Cahoots: A Collaboration of Brewing. Ten local breweries will form five teams and create new collaboration brews that will debut at Sunday’s Red Stage Block Party. Attendees will vote for their favorite, and a portion of the event’s proceeds will go to the winning team's local charity of choice.

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