Here's a balm for your late summer blues: It also happens to be harvest season, that time of year when all the fruits of the sun and the rain are bursting and waiting to be picked, and eaten. Head out to a farm, a farmers market, a festival, or a happy hour and eat, eat, eat:
No plans for tomorrow? Go to the farm! Tangletown Gardens Farm is hosting a night on its idyllic land starting with a happy hour reception that includes appetizers, music, and libations while you roam the farm or take a quick guided tour. After the tour, enjoy a global BBQ-inspired menu by the team at Wise Acre Eatery. Following dinner, there will be a farm dance led by the Latin beats of Tambuca. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here.
The Minnesota Garlic Festival is also tomorrow out in Hutchinson, Minnesota. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., go and celebrate the stinking rose with celebrity chefs, music, art, games, and garlic ice cream, of all things. Admission is $5, kids 12 and under are free.
McLeod County Fairgrounds
840 Century Ave. SW, Hutchinson
Txakolis, Sidras and Pintxos at Hola Arepa
The Hola Arepa kids just returned from the Basque region of Spain, and they came back inspired -- as you might expect after a journey to Spain. So they’re throwing a party, and you’re invited.
Sunday, August 21, they’ll be serving Txakolis (Basque Wine) pintxos (little snackers for having with your wine), and sidras (Spanish ciders). It’s $20 in advance or $28 at the door and it gets you entry to the event plus a variety of tastes and sips. Find out more about the event and purchase tickets here.
Lyn 65 is turning two and celebrating with a new menu, a new outdoor patio, and fried chicken. Their fried chicken is gaining popularity thanks to their roving fried chicken truck, Wyn 65, and if you haven't been able to pin down the truck, now is your chance to head on over and get some chicken on the patio. Other new menu highlights include Neapolitan-style pizza with sourdough crust, and their house-made bologna sandwich (also a highlight from the food truck).
6439 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
The Charlie Awards aren’t far away, and this year they’ve got a new theme: The Farmer and the Chef Connection. The ceremony keeps getting better each year (last year’s musical performances were a genuine hoot). There’s a kickoff event coming up on August 17 at Riverplace.
From 5:30 to 7:30 enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers and a panel discussion that includes Brenda Langton of Spoonriver, Tammy Wong of Rainbow Chinese, Marshall Paulson of the Birchwood, and others.
The sixth annual Charlie Awards will be held Sunday, November 13 at the Pantages Theater (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by an after party at the IDS Crystal Court and Chefs’ Dinner at Windows on Minnesota.
1 Main Street, Minneapolis
Go to Wisconsin and eat bacon. The annual event “celebrating all things bacon” takes place the weekend of September 17 and 18. Music, art, games, fun, cook-offs, beer, and you know, bacon. Admission is free.
Heritage Park and Maple St. Bridge
232 W. Maple St., River Falls, WI
Celebrate Julia Child’s 104th Birthday with Lynn Rosetto Kasper at Linden Hills Farmers Market this Sunday. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm. There will be cake!
Linden Hills Farmers Market
2813 43rd St. W., Minneapolis