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Let the Mardi Gras Festivities Begin: What To Do This Weekend

You just shoveled for 90 minutes. Then it snowed again. You’ve earned a beignet.

Saturday, February 6

Bock Fest

Schell's Bock Fest is celebrating its 30 anniversary and invites all hearty Minnesotans to come down to the brewery to hang by the bonfire, drink some beer, listen to music or head out to the state park in search of the elusive Seven Bocks of Winter. They also promise tappings of different styles of bocks throughout the day. Admission is only $10.

Alternatively, you can jump on the Bus 2 Bockfest at Herkimer. For $65 per person, get breakfast at The Herkimer including screwdrivers and draft beers, a bus ride to New Ulm, some Bockfest swag and Herkimer Bock on the ride there. The price does not include entrance fee to Schell’s Bockfest.

Happy birthday Smack Shack

Smack Shack will celebrate their 3rd birthday, along with Mardi Gras, all next week. To kick off the festivities, they will introduce a New Orleans themed specials this weekend. Brunch will feature several dishes honoring the Big Easy,  along with chicory coffee and beignets with ice cream, a NOLA tradition.

Photo courtesy The Beer Dabbler

Photo courtesy The Beer Dabbler

Beer Dabbler

We got a few inches of snow this week and now it’s cold enough to freeze snot in 4.2 seconds. It’s Minnesota so that means it’s outdoor winter party time!

The Beer Dabbler, in partnership with The Saint Paul Winter Carnival, will host its 7th Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival at the Mighty Midway and Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Enjoy unlimited samples from over 140 craft breweries, live entertainment, a Mardi Gras parade, a silent disco, meat and cheese samples and lots more activities.

Mardi Gras Seafood Boil

Como Dockside will host a classic Mardis Gras Seafood Boil complete with clams, mussels, house made andouille sausage and all the other good stuff. In the tradition of a true Mardis

Sunday, February 7

Chili cook-off

Town Hall’s  annual Chili Cook-Off will take place, appropriately, on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday. $10 gets you all the chili you care to eat, plus a People’s Choice ballot and a pint of Town Hall Brewery beer. First place chili wins a prize package worth $300. Winners will be announced at 2pm, which should give everyone plenty of time to get to their Super Bowl party on time. Not that it even matters. Sniff sniff.

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