The warm weather is likely (probably?) right around the corner and it’s time to kick off the season of fun. It’s time to gather up the squad and strike out for whole hog feasting, and margarita tipping.
Here’s a handy guide to filling up on margaritas, Mexican street food, Derby-day slushies, whole pork, rosé, and more.
When: Saturday May 4, parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Saint Paul’s West Side
What to expect: A ton of people celebrating Mexican culture
Why it’s worth your dollars: The abundance of music, food, and community has got to be experienced. Check out the car show, bounce house corner by the Y, parade, music, and street food. It’s a people-packed party, but a ton of fun.
When: Saturday May 4, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Pajarito, 605 7th Street West, Saint Paul
What to expect: Food, bouncy house for the kids, boozy slushies, DJs and a general good-time block party.
Why it’s worth your dollars: Everything coming out of that kitchen at Pajarito is delicious. This is the chance to get the whole family in on the act and head outside.
When: Sunday May 5
Where: Loews Hotel, downtown Minneapolis
Cost: $130 - 200
What to expect: A chock-a-block, stuffed room full of notable restaurant industry folks feasting on all manner of heritage-breed pork and judging a culinary competition all to raise money for small pork farmers. There is always a massive amount of beverage options and culinary creativity on display. Competing this year are Yia Vang of Union Kitchen, Scott Pampuch of 4 Bells, Mateo Mackbee of Model Citizen, Timothy Fischer of Loews, and Jose Alarcon of Popol Vuh. Plus there will be taco bar from the House of Gristle, veggie bar from Chef Shack, and tartare bar from Tim McKee.
Why it’s worth your dollars: The ticket price is eyebrow raising, but it’s an annual opportunity to hang with some of the top names in cool food stuff from the Twin Cities. It’s a bit bro-y, but fun. Maybe next year they’ll invite the ladies back to center stage. Last year’s winner was Karin Tomlinson of Corner Table - who went on to win the national competition.
When: May 5, 12 pm to 11 pm
Where: El Jefe Urban Hacienda
Cost: Free entry, food and drinks
What to expect: Basking on a gorgeous patio, on the actual fifth of May, sipping tasty adult beverages.
Why it’s worth your dollars: This patio and the room are beauties and the views of St. Anthony Main are beautiful, especially right now as the buds are just beginning to pop. It’s an ideal spot to toast spring with a zesty take on a margarita.
When: Tuesday May 7, 4 to 10 p.m.
Where: Palmer’s Bar 500 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
Cost: Free entry, cost is food and beer
What to expect: It’s been one year since musician Tony Zaccardi bought this iconic dive bar and it’s time to toast the man who kept the dream alive. Anchor Fish & Chips food truck will be on hand. Surly will be tapped and likely a whole lot more good times.
Why it’s worth your dollars: With the recent loss of spots like Lee’s Liquor Lounge and Kelly’s Depot, we’re due for a little celebrating of someone keeping what’s good and old and worn and wonderful alive for a new generation. Cheers, Tony!