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Corgis + Cupcakes! Plus other food events to perk up your week

Dudes: Corgi racing. And cupcakes.

Dudes: Corgi racing. And cupcakes. Facebook

Because summer is short and you need to get out and about while you still can, we're giving you three superb ways to eat, drink, and have fun.

Corgis and Cupcakes

If horse racing isn't your thing, and alas it's not for everyone, what about. . . Corgi racing?! 

Not enough cute for you? What if they tossed some cupcakes into the mix? The mashup is the brainchild of some awesome person who definitely deserves a promotion because cupcakes and Corgis, you guys. Cupcakes and Corgis.

Here are the details: 
Saturday, July 30, 12:45 p.m. 
Six heats, 12 dogs in each heat. Top two dogs from each heat will move forward to the championship race.

There are a bunch of family activities including pony rides, face painting, and a petting zoo.

Plus about a dozen local bakeries will provide cupcakes for purchase, and hey-- a cupcake eating contest. Is this the best event ever, or what? 

Canturbury Park 
1100 Canturbury Rd., Shakopee
952-445-7223
canterburypark.com

Spelling + Beer + Indian food + Bollywood 

Think you're smart? Think you're so smart that you can spell in languages of Indian origin? Then the upcoming spelling bee at Eastlake brewery is for you, smarty pants. Go there, enter the spelling bee (there will be English words too, don't worry), and win "Midtown Global Market Dollars" good for spending in the market. Hot Indian will be on hand with good eats, and Doomtree affiliate Ander Other will be spinning all the jams including Bollywood to set the tone. 

Wednesday, August 10, 7 p.m. (spelling bee registration 6:30 p.m.) 

Eastlake Craft Brewery 
920 E. Lake St., #123
Minneapolis 
612-224-9713
eastlakemgm.com

Grow a Farmer, Drink Beer

Sure, farmers grow stuff, but how do we get farmers? Grow them! A campaign by Feast Local Food Network and the Slow Money Minnesota Network aims to raise $100,000 that will be made available as micro-loans to small farmers in southern Minnesota. They're about a third of their way to the goal, and they hope to get all the way there through grassroots efforts.

You like beer, right? So how about going to drink some at a Grow a Farmer event where you can support this cause? The first gathering is at Mankato Brewery on Thursday, August 4. There will be free sliders, and proceeds from the beer go to grow a farmer. The event is free but they ask that you RSVP. 

More on Slow Money and the Grow a Farmer Fund here.