Bike, crawl, and drink your way through this Week in Food

Hit up White Bear Lake for a historic pub crawl
Hit up White Bear Lake for a historic pub crawl

This Week in Food is a standout thanks to its range of unique events. Whether you like a picnic with your outdoor opera or boozing your way down the streets of historic White Bear Lake, we're confident you'll find an activity to suit your appetite.

8/15 Drink your way through historic downtown White Bear Lake on the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society's pub crawl. Back by popular demand, this stroll will have you visiting some of the oldest establishments in the city to learn their stories and drink their brews. The pub crawl guide will share stories of past proprietors and local lore, and all it will cost you is $30 ($25 if you're a society member). The cost of drinks are not included. The crawl will begin at the White Bear Lake Depot, Hwy 61 and Fourth Street, at 6 p.m. Nab tickets by visiting the White Bear History Society's website.

8/17 It's the return of Mixed Precipitation's Picnic Operetta! Back for its fourth year, transforming Mozart's Idomeneo into a food-loving performance in 15 community gardens throughout the Twin Cities (tonight's performance is at the Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul). This Italian opera dramatizes the legend of King Idomeneo, whose desperate vows following the Trojan War have hefty consequences for the isle of Crete, his homeland. Naturally Mixed Precipitation have updated the work into The Return of King Idomeneo, a family-friendly tale. Returning chef Nick Schneider serves up a variety of dishes to create a scrumptious feast for all who attend. For tickets and all the performance times and locations visit Mixed Precipitation's website.

8/18 Crayfish party! The American Swedish Institute helps you celebrate summer with an evening of food, drinks and Swedish music -- along with heaps of crayfish -- at its annual Crayfish Party. Explore the ASI's new courtyard and enjoy a traditional Swedish crayfish dinner of breads, cheeses, salads, Swedish paj, and a cash bar to wet your whistle (one shot of aquavit is included in your ticket price of $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers). This 21+ event runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and seating is limited, so call 612.871.4907 to nab a spot.

If you like your food on the go, check out the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Bike and Bite event today, a food-centric community biking event that takes participants to a variety of stops to taste local foods. Following the journey participants can return to IATP's office in Whittier for even more food, music, beverages, and the chance to chat with folks who are interested in local food. Stops include a sneak peek at Kim Bartmann's next venture at 1024 E. 38th St. and Peace Coffee (among others). The event happens rain or shine, and kids are welcome with an accompanying adult. Kids 12 and under are free, while adults pay $15 ($30 if you want the T-shirt).

8/19 Hit up the Nicollet Island Pavilion from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today for the third annual Homegrown Experience, a food and wine event that focuses on local, organic, and sustainable food in the Twin Cities. Participants will mingle with local restaurateurs, CSA providers, co-ops, food producers, vintners, and brewers to learn about local food, and an outdoor farmers market will be on hand for purchases. In addition to sipping, sampling, and shopping, you can also check out educational presentations on the main stage, including chef demos. This 21+ event costs $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and includes a free wine glass and market tote bag.

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