Try Vegan Marshmallows, Cheeses, and Meats at the Third Annual Twin Cities Veg Fest

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Sean Smuda
Caprese salad with Punk Rawk Labs' vegan mozzarella

Whether you've chosen a meat-free diet for health or ethical reasons, you're bound to find something that tickles your fancy at the third annual Twin Cities Veg Fest at Coffman Memorial Union on September 28. The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., will feature four speakers, three cooking demos, and a variety of exhibitors, many of whom will have samples of vegan products on hand.

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SurlyFest 7 Offers a New Take on Oktoberfest

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photo courtesy of Surly Brewing Co.

The 7th annual SurlyFest is upon us, and the annual event, slated for Saturday, September 20, might be the last one held in the original brewery.

"It's too early to say if this will be the last SurlyFest in Brooklyn Center, so we're just going to treat this one like we have every other SurlyFest," says Surly president Omar Ansari, "and that's to throw a kick-ass Oktoberfest-style party fueled by SurlyFest, which is not your traditional Oktoberfest-style bier."

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Ready for Iron Fork 2014? Pre-sale Ends Tonight

Categories: Events, Iron Fork

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Denis Jeong Plaster
Last year's Iron Fork at International Market Square

It's time again for our annual Iron Fork competition, in which we pit some of the top Twin Cities chefs against one another in a battle of quick wits and even quicker whisks. If you want to get in on the action -- cocktails, loads of food samples, and a front row seat to the cooking competition -- we've got a pre-sale that ends tonight.

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The Wedge 40th anniversary keeps block party season going this weekend

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Courtesy of the Wedge
Think summer festivities are over? Think again. Community co-op the Wedge is throwing a block party this Sunday, September 7 in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

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Kramarczuk's Kielbasa Festival: Sausages, pierogies, beer, and more this weekend

Categories: Events, Festivals

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Bre McGee
Kielbasa is Kramarczuk's Sausage Company's most popular meat -- so popular in fact, that they've built an annual fall festival around the smoked Polish sausage.

The long-tenured Kramarczuk's will host its annual Kielbasa Festival this weekend, September 5-6, in the parking lot at 215 East Hennepin. The festival is in its fifth year and includes a sausage recipe contest, a pierogi eating contest, live music, an impressive beer selection, and more.

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Why there will be no Backyard Bash at Summit this year

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photo courtesy of Summit Brewing Company
Doomtree at Backyard Bash 2012

Beer-drinking backyard bashers, prepare to be bummed: There will be no Backyard Bash at Summit Brewery this year.

Summit in St. Paul has decided to take a year off from the popular Backyard Bash celebration. Citing a busy year of expansion and remodeling, the brewery felt it best to allocate its resources toward the business needs instead of throwing a 28th anniversary party. Business over partying? What fresh hell is this?

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GetKnit will host a Light Rail brewery crawl with special cask beers next month

Categories: Beer, Events

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Loren Green

Just in case you've been looking for an incentive to get on the new Green Line, events company GetKnit is offering a Light Rail brewery crawl -- Rails & Ales -- on Saturday, September 13. Yes, technically, one could ride the rails and drink the beers without a planned tour, but GetKnit has teamed up with partners at the various stops to offer an "event passport" with discounts, exclusive beers, and merchandise at all eight stops along the line.

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A spicy take on Minnesota cuisine heads to Marcy-Holmes next month

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Tim Walker
It's time to shatter the stereotype that Minnesota has bland food. On September 5, local hot sauce and salsa manufacturers, restaurants, and food trucks will team up to celebrate spice and show how the frozen Twin Cities likes to heat up.

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What to expect at the upcoming Chipotle Cultivate Festival

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Edward Blake
If you're not ready to say goodbye to Twin Cities food and music festivals just yet, say hello to this year's Chipotle Cultivate Festival, coming up on August 23 at Loring Park.

The event will be host to six celebrity chefs, including Minnesota's own Jamie Malone and Andrew Zimmern, among others, and five live performances from bands such as Portugal the Man and Grouplove.

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Tiny Diner and Seed Savers join forces for Tomato Tasting Party

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City Pages

Think tomatoes all taste the same? Think again. On August 31, Tiny Diner, nonprofit Seed Savers, and Twin Cities-based seed production group Seed Sages will host their first Tomato Tasting Party. Event goers will be able to taste test over 40 not-your-average-tomato varieties.

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