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A new Surly beer is a reason to celebrate

A new Surly beer is a reason to celebrate

The State Fair is in full swing, Surly celebrates the release of Five, and August rolls to a close.

Local brewer Surly celebrates the release of its latest beverage, Five, at Republic at Seven Corners in Minneapolis. Taste the newest addition to the Surly family and mingle with fellow beer lovers. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to everyone.


The State Fair is a great way to get your monthly grease quotient covered, but you can also explore the greener side of your diet at the Eco Experience, where local chefs showcase a different "Minnesota super food" (like blueberries or honey) each day. Five cooking demos take place throughout the day at 10:30 a.m., noon, 2, 3:30, and 5:30 p.m., and they include samples!

Who isn't seduced by a class titled "Eggplant: The King of Vegetables?" If you're as intrigued as we are, then hit up the Wedge's class devoted to this royal vegetable. You'll learn how to roast, steam, puree, and stuff eggplants, grill 'em, and even turn them into dessert. Sounds like it's worth the price of admission, which is $30 for nonmembers and $25 for members, and the class runs from 7-9 p.m.

McGregor might be a long way to drive for a pancake breakfast, but considering that pancake breakfast is taking place at Wild Rice Days and there are bottomless bloody Marys and screwdrivers, it's a fair trade-off. The weekend is filled with activities, too, including a bake sale and heaps of food vendors. Things begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and run throughout the day into the evening.

Head to the Creative Activities Building at the fair and find the St. Agnes demo kitchen, where this year's theme is "At the Euro Table." Today master bread baker Klecko will knock out Vatican City mango macaroons (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.), French quick breads (3 p.m.), and Dutch quick breads (5 p.m.).

It's the last day of the fair, so naturally you've got to hit up your favorite places or you'll be living with bitter regret for a full year. Here are our foodie suggestions:
--See some cows being hand-milked at the Moo Booth at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
--Go to St. Agnes Kitchen in the Creative Arts Building at 11 a.m. to find out which are the best European restaurants in the Twin Cities
--At noon in the Ag Hort Building you can watch a demonstration about cooking with honey.
--From 2 to 5 p.m. Kyle Peterson of WineHaven Winery will be on hand to talk all about wine and grapes (he can also be found at the Ag Hort Building)
--Fine. Go get your last deep-fried Twinkie.

Make your last day at the fair count calorie-wise.

Make your last day at the fair count calorie-wise.