Taste of Stillwater and cold soups crowd this Week in Food

Mill City Museum is now open Mondays through August
Mill City Museum is now open Mondays through August

Summer means your Week in Food events can be indoors (like the excellent farmers market exhibit at Mill City Museum) or in the great wide open (the second annual Taste of Stillwater), so you can mend your sunburn or enjoy a frosty beer in the sun -- your call.

7/9 If you haven't checked out the Mill City Museum's "Growing Strong: How Farmers Markets Nourish People, Communities and the Planet" exhibit, why not go today? The exhibit celebrates the many ways that farmers markets serve Minnesota communities and shows that farmers markets help fill a growing desire to make our communities more connected, livable, and vibrant. Through a combination of photomurals and first-person storytelling, visitors can explore the importance of farmers markets both now and throughout history. During July and August the museum is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $11 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 17, and free for MHS members.

7/11 You're never too young to learn the importance of good nutrition, which can be especially important in the teen years. At Mississippi Market's "Nutrition for Young Adults," students will learn the nutrition connection to balancing moods, increasing energy, improving memory and focus, maintaining a healthy weight, treating and preventing acne, and improving stamina for sports. This class, intended for ages 17 and up and children ages 12 to 16 accompanied by an adult, runs 5:30-7:30 p.m. and costs $30 for nonmembers ($18 for a nonmember child), $27 for members ($15 member child). To sign up click here.

7/13 The Music in Kelley Park series in Apple Valley promises tunes, good food (and adult beverages), and entertainment for the kids. BYO blankets and lawn chairs and you'll enjoy the music of Harold Torrence Latin Vibe and get the chance to win some great giveaways (three bicycles and a guitar each week). There's a playground and splash-pad water area for the kids if they're not into Latin rhythms. The evening begins at 6 p.m. each Friday.

7/14 When the temperature soars, no-cook soups are your best friend, and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum invites students to play it cool this summer with a series of outstanding no-cook soups. These chilled soups may become a regular request at your summer table or picnic: mango-ginger-curry with shrimp, Spanish gazpacho, and chilled poached pear with avocado lime chipotle cream. Instructor Kris James will lead this hands-on class, which runs from 9 to 11 a.m. and costs $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. To sign up call 952.443.1422.

The annual Taste of Stillwater is back, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. you can wander the grounds of St. Croix Vineyards and Aamodt's Apple Farm to sample wine from the Vineyards and Wild Mountain Winery, Lift Bridge Brewing Company beers, spirits by 45th Parallel, and food from the surrounding restaurants and food trucks. Don't worry, its not just for those of drinking age. Folks under 21 will enjoy nonalcoholic beverages, food, and interactive fun. Music will be provided by Alison Scott, Midnight Mo and High & Mighty, and merchant and artisan booths will sell all sorts of local wares. Tickets (which can be purchased here) are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate.

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