Which event will net total weekend domination: The Bastille Day Block Party or the Highland Festival Beer Dabbler? Wait...why do we have to choose? The former is on Sunday, while the latter on Saturday. Prepare yourself for a busy July week (and weekend) of ingestion.
7/11 Having a patio is reason enough to throw a party, as Enjoy! in Apple Valley has figured out. Diners can take in the July heat while gobbling up a three-course meal and glass of sangria as live music plays in the background. And bring your friends: For every five people who reserve a spot, your group gets one person free. $35 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 952.891.6569
7/14 Minnesotans know all too well that summer's bounty needs to be preserved for winter enjoyment. But if you're baffled about where to begin, head to Mississippi Market today for a canning basics class that will get you started. Liz McCann, master food preserver, will explain the ins and outs of how to safely can a variety of foods at home in a way that's easier than you think. 6-8 p.m. $12 members, $15 nonmembers. To sign up click here.
7/15 The second installment of Parade Landing's monthly Wisconsin Beer Dinners honors Leinenkugels in July, pairing each of the delicious four courses with a perfectly matched Leinie brew. A reception from 6 to 7 p.m. will get the evening started. Cost is $45 and includes tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot call 715-485-3210.
7/16 If the words "unlimited beer tasting" are your kryptonite, then the Beer Dabbler Showcase at St. Paul's Highlandfest is the place for you. From 1-5 p.m. you can experience over 200 different beers from more than 65 different breweries. Furreal. Throw in live music, food and the promise of "twice as many porta-potties" and we doubt your Saturday could get closer to heaven. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 day of. Purchase tickets here.
7/17 Cap off your weekend with Solera's epic pic roast! From 3:30-8:30 the restaurant will be serving up pig on a spit, with Fulton Beer offering three special brews to complement the meal. Live blues by Javier Motos will round out the smorgasbord. For reservations for this $40-per-person event call 612-338-0062.
Of course, if your answer to "Feeling French today?" is "Oui!" then Barbette's annual Bastille Day Block Party celebration is le place pour vous. Live music is endless and includes the likes of Solid Gold and Brass Messengers, while North Star Roller Girls and dancers from Epitome-No Question will provide entertainment. Organic food aplenty will be on hand from 2-10 p.m. at this free (and zero waste) event.