In case you’ve observed an uptick of plant-based choices on native menus, it is perhaps as a result of we’re in the midst of the 2023 Twin Cities Vegan Chef Problem, which runs by August.

The fifth annual occasion options dishes from 20 eating places throughout the metro space, from chochoyotes at Oro by Nixta and Thai Inexperienced Curry at Duke’s on 7 to Parkway Pizza’s artichoke dip and the Veg Khow Suey at Muddy Tiger. The winner is set by diners, who vote for his or her favourite dish on-line (voting additionally means you are entered right into a drawing for a present card to a collaborating restaurant). The successful restaurant is introduced at Twin Cities Veg Fest on Sept. 17. Final yr’s winner was Reverie Cafe + Bar, they usually’re on board once more to defend their title. To get extra info, vote or discover a record of collaborating eating places, go to

Beer right here!

Prime off an evening of horse racing with the Made in Minnesota Beer Pageant at Shakopee’s Canterbury Park on Aug. 12 from 5-9 p.m. (the primary race is at 5:07). Tickets are $40 and embrace admission to reside racing, entry to the non-public beer tasting social gathering, beer samples from greater than 30 distributors and a sampling memento cup. Feeling fancy? The VIP bundle for 4 ($225) consists of 4 tickets, a reserved desk and water bottles. There’s additionally a nondrinker ticket for $25, which incorporates the non-public social gathering however no sampling. For extra info and tickets to the 21-plus occasion, go to

Final name for meals truck festivals

Two meals truck festivals will assist spherical out a summer season of consuming. The Eagan Meals Truck Pageant, that includes greater than 20 meals vans, is Aug. 11 from 4 to 9 p.m. on the Eagan Pageant Grounds (1501 Central Pkwy.). Featured leisure is the native favourite band Free and Straightforward. And the Minnesota Meals Truck Pageant can be in Anoka on Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with 50 meals vans, craft beer, leisure and dog-friendly actions. The enjoyable occurs at 2015 1st Av. S., Anoka,

It is Nationwide Farmers Market Week

Whereas we do not want a special day to have fun our nice neighborhood of markets, Nationwide Farmers Market Week does give us an excuse to tout them. The Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Collaborative is marking the event by organizing a treasure hunt. Simply seize a punch card at collaborating markets — you will have till Sept. 3 to complete — for an opportunity to win prizes. Discover a record of Minneapolis markets at The treasure hunt is simply at Minneapolis markets, nevertheless it’s a very good week to go to all of your favorites.

On your vacation calendar …

We all know, summer season remains to be in full swing. However these widespread vacation occasions on the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis deserve an early heads-up. The Julbord Dinner with all of your Nordic favorites can be on Dec. 16-17. The annual lutefisk dinner can be Nov. 19, and consists of potatoes, meatballs, peas, cucumber salad, lefse, rice pudding and a pepparkaka cookie. Reservations are required for each. ASI’s widespread restaurant Fika will maintain its annual vacation bake sale starting Dec. 1, that includes the seven cookies served solely in the course of the holidays. For extra particulars, examine