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Taste of Minnesota moves to Waconia after Harriet Island flooding [UPDATE]

Taste of Minnesota moves to Waconia after Harriet Island flooding [UPDATE]
Photos by Erik Hess and Bree McGee

The reboot of Taste of Minnesota is in soggy shape after the heavy rains of the past week. Organizers say the food and music event cannot be held at Harriet Island in St. Paul because the land won't be dry enough in time to host tens of thousands of people over the weekend of July 3-6.

Update: A new location has been found!

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Taste of Minnesota 2014 lineup

According to the Pioneer Press, Taste of Minnesota is making calls to try to find a new spot that wasn't hit with flooding. Featuring Soul Asylum, Cowboy Mouth, and country and classic-rock performers, the weekend was meant to be a return to the island after a hiatus since 2010.

Even prior to this weather blow the weekend had already raised some questions as to its current relevance alongside other block parties and outdoor music events hitting the Twin Cities nearly every weekend.

Update: The 2014 Taste of Minnesota will be held 40 miles west of Harriet Island in Waconia. The Carver County Fairgrounds will host this year's festivities.

From Taste of Minnesota: "Thank you for your patience as we worked to find a new location for  this year's festival. We also appreciate the many venues that came forward as possible locations after flood waters reached our Harriet Island home." Directions and info here.

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