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Cheap co-op shopping and the City Pages Beer Festival this Week in Food

It's a short week following the rowdiness of Memorial Day Weekend, so use your time wisely!

5/30 Want to escape all the Memorial Day parades and grilling? Grab that special someone and head to Bryant Lake Bowl, where every Monday is Cheap Date Night. That means $28 gets you two entrees, a bottle of wine (or four beers if you prefer) and a game of bowling. Whose inner cheapskate isn't jumping at the chance to pound the lanes for such a sweet deal? Runs from 6 p.m.-midnight.

6/2 Think co-op shopping is only for the rich? Mississippi Market's Liz McMann will offer tips on how to shop for organic food without bruising your wallet. Learn how to set a budget, get coupons and stretch your dollar. The best part? This class is free! Sign up for the 6-7 p.m. class at Missippi Market's website.

6/3 Need a reason to head to Lucan? Can you think of a better one than Braufest? The Brau Brothers Brewery opens their grounds for the perfect trifecta: beer, food and music. Things get started on Friday, when the Lucan Lions Beef Barbecue runs from 5-8 p.m. and BrauHouse Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. For those who overindulge, camping is available (and means you can enjoy Saturday's events too!). For more information visit the Brau Brothers website.

6/4 Head to the Mill City Farmers Market, where the 3rd annual Grazefest with the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota will be in full effect. Learn about the benefits of pasture-raised food and why pasture-raised systems are more sustainable, and enjoy a cooking demo series focused on pasture-based products at 10 a.m. Market is open 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

The 19th annual City Pages Beer Festival takes over 10th & Hennepin with a variety of domestic and imported beers, free food and live music like SellOut Stereo and Visceral - not to mention accordionist Bill Koncar. 5-9 p.m. Tickets at the door are $30, VIP tickets $45, and designated driver tickets are $8. Click here to purchase.

6/5 Dinner on the Farm's newest season begins at the Crandall Garden Farme with a seasonal meny created by Heather Jansz. Gardener Bruce Bacon will host a walking tour of the grounds, while pre-dinner yoga will be offered by instructors from Corepower Yoga and the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. A post-meal bonfire features music from Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers. Camping will be available. $50 per adult, $15 per child under 12. For reservations send an email to dinneronthefarm@gmail.com.


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