Cheap co-op shopping and the City Pages Beer Festival this Week in Food

Show that beer who's boss
It's a short week following the rowdiness of Memorial Day Weekend, so use your time wisely!

Want to escape all the Memorial Day parades and grilling? Grab that special someone and head to Bryant Lake Bowl, where every Monday is Cheap Date Night. That means $28 gets you two entrees, a bottle of wine (or four beers if you prefer) and a game of bowling. Whose inner cheapskate isn't jumping at the chance to pound the lanes for such a sweet deal? Runs from 6 p.m.-midnight.

Think co-op shopping is only for the rich? Mississippi Market's Liz McMann will offer tips on how to shop for organic food without bruising your wallet. Learn how to set a budget, get coupons and stretch your dollar. The best part? This class is free! Sign up for the 6-7 p.m. class at Missippi Market's website.

Need a reason to head to Lucan? Can you think of a better one than Braufest? The Brau Brothers Brewery opens their grounds for the perfect trifecta: beer, food and music. Things get started on Friday, when the Lucan Lions Beef Barbecue runs from 5-8 p.m. and BrauHouse Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. For those who overindulge, camping is available (and means you can enjoy Saturday's events too!). For more information visit the Brau Brothers website.

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Put yourself out to pasture at Mill City Farmers Market this weekend

Head to the Mill City Farmers Market, where the 3rd annual Grazefest with the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota will be in full effect. Learn about the benefits of pasture-raised food and why pasture-raised systems are more sustainable, and enjoy a cooking demo series focused on pasture-based products at 10 a.m. Market is open 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

The 19th annual City Pages Beer Festival takes over 10th & Hennepin with a variety of domestic and imported beers, free food and live music like SellOut Stereo and Visceral - not to mention accordionist Bill Koncar. 5-9 p.m. Tickets at the door are $30, VIP tickets $45, and designated driver tickets are $8. Click here to purchase.

Dinner on the Farm's newest season begins at the Crandall Garden Farme with a seasonal meny created by Heather Jansz. Gardener Bruce Bacon will host a walking tour of the grounds, while pre-dinner yoga will be offered by instructors from Corepower Yoga and the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. A post-meal bonfire features music from Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers. Camping will be available. $50 per adult, $15 per child under 12. For reservations send an email to

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