June has finally arrived and summer is in full swing. Let’s take a brief moment to highlight the incredible lineup of events on the horizon; this month, foodies have no excuse to be bored. Check out the itinerary below to see where and when you can get some of the best bites (and drinks) in the state.
Izzy’s People’s Flavor Awards: An Ice Cream Tasting Event 2019
Show dad a good time by taking him to this Father’s Day event. This once-every-other-year event runs on customer submissions: the people submit their candidates for ice cream flavors, Izzy’s creates a list of finalists, and the attendees choose their favorites based on 26 selections in 6 categories (Kids, Chocolate, Mix-Ins, Fruit, Specialties, and Non-Dairy).
When: June 16, 2019; 1- 4:30 PM
Where: 1100 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis
Pricing: $10 - $18
Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: It’s a chance to try a ton of zany flavors that aren’t normally available.
Thanks to the Boom Island Brewing Company, Minnesotans can look forward to a weekend full of beer, food, and corgis (yes, corgis, not a typo). The brewery is hosting its 6th annual Boom Days Bash to mark two great occasions: the Mississippi Riverside Cleanup Initiative and the release of the new brew, Cuvée de Boom. This three-day event will keep attendees of all ages busy, especially the free Corgi-petting session presented by the Corgi Racing Society on the last day.
When: June 14 to 16
Where: 2014 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis
Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: It’s free, there’s beer and freaking Corgis. Wild stumpy-legged, fluff-butt dogs couldn’t drag us away.
This event, sponsored by the American Swedish Institute (ASI), is based on an ancient Scandinavian tradition that celebrates summer and a new season for crops. There’s a strong focus on Swedish music and dance; plus, there will be culturally-appropriate clothing and accessories for sale. Of course, being on this list, we can’t forget the eats. ASI’s cafe, FIKA, will be there to dole out their own take on Swedish fair food.
When: June 15; 10 AM - 5 PM
Where: 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis
Pricing: Free for ASI members; $12 adults, $8 ages 62+, $6 ages 6-18 and full-time students with ID
Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: The Swedes really appreciate the fleeting nature of summer. This is a chance to frolic in the green with the whole family in the shadow of a Minneapolis castle.
Bakkenalia: Perfect Pairings
The Bakken Museum, a space dedicated to medical electricity, is hosting an event for attendees to discover the science of food and drink. We know the event is legit because folks from the respected liquor store France 44 will be on hand to guide visitors through a host of different wine and cheese pairings. Get a good buzz going and enjoy music courtesy of The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League.
When: June 13; 6 – 9:30 PM
Where: 3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis
Pricing: $10 – $30
Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: France 44 is super cool and they’re a trusted purveyor of anything fancy. Plus, drinking in a museum is a kicky way to spend a night.
Minneapolis’ Taste of the Nation Hotlist
A collection of the best eating and drinking in the Twin Cities all contained in one space, with all proceeds going Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. The organization aims to end childhood hunger within our lifetime. In addition to all that, enjoy live music or check out the live auction.
When: June 20; 7 - 10:00 PM
Where: 40 Power Street, Minneapolis
Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: There’s no way it would ever be possible to visit all of these buzzy restaurants in one weekend, let alone grab a bite from each one in just one night. Plus, it feels good to know that the No Kid Hungry campaign is the real winner of it all.
8th Annual Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride
Minnesota’s classic Beer Dabbler event is again kicking off Twin Cities Pride weekend to in Loring Park. With the purchase of admission, enjoy access to hundreds of craft beers and ciders, special performances, and Silent Disco. This year’s event celebrates the art and history of drag with some insanely cool performers lined up to turn up fierce factor to majestic levels.
When: June 21; 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: Loring Park, Minneapolis
Pricing: $50 Be sure to bring some extra cash for all the food trucks that’ll be there.
Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: Insane amounts of beer, copious amounts of food, and a Prideful party that sells out quickly every year.
2019 NEFM Foodie 4 Mile
Food is even better after exercise. After completing this four-mile race, participants will be treated to a ton of great food options. Expect Equal Exchange, Eastside Food Co-op, Chowgirls Catering, Great Harvest Breads, and Seven Sundays Muslei at the finish line. Plus, snacks will be out in full force, including trail mix, wheat biscuits, and bananas.
When: June 22nd; 8 am
Where: BF Nelson Park, Minneapolis
Pricing: $25 - $30
Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: It’s an incentive to get some exercise. Besides, eating always feels better after burning a couple hundred calories.
Uptown Food Truck Festival
This is it. The end-all-be-all of food truck events. Waltz right up to Lake & Hennepin in Uptown for no charge and indulge – preferably with a group so you can try a whole lot more – in over 65 different vendors. Wash it all down with the craft beer options that are available. After copious amounts of food and drink, digest it all with live music or games.
When: June 23rd; 11-9 PM
Where: Lake & Hennepin; Uptown
Cost: Free, plus the cost of food and drink
Why it’s worth your dollars: There’s a whole fleet of new trucks out on the streets and this is the best chance for finding a new favorite to compete for cubrside dollars.