Food & Drink
As fall arrives, it’s time for Minnetonka Orchards to open its doors for the season once more. Bring the whole family and get back to Minnesota’s agrarian roots with pick-your-own apples, plus a variety of pumpkins, squash and more homegrown produce. And this year, check out Painted Creek Winery & Cidery, recently opened on the grounds of the orchards, for a glass of locally made wine or cider. The orchard is pet-friendly, too (pets must be on leashes).
Woodbury Days, the city's biggest and most beloved summer festival, returns to Ojibway Park at the end of the month for its 41st year. Organizers report that, last year, almost 300 businesses participated in the event and more than 30,000 people attended. Check online for a detailed schedule of events, but don’t miss some perennial favorites: the business fair, the bingo tent, the petting zoo, the Taste of Woodbury, the beer tent…you get the idea. Party on, Woodbury. We’ll see you at the park!
This delicious event is home to over 40 superstar street vendors serving anything from mini doughnuts to pot stickers in the heart of Mears Park. Wash down your tasty handheld snacks with a wide variety of local craft brews, classics or ciders while jamming to live music and enjoying good company. Mears Park, 3221 Fifth St. E., St. Paul
Preserve, cultivate and celebrate the rich Irish heritage along the Mississippi River by delving into authentic dishes, listening to live music and watching Irish dancers perform. All proceeds go to the Minnesota Irish cultural community and the supporting new immigrant groups through the help of the Legacy Fund.
Rock out with the Shaw Brothers or grab your kids for a pontoon ride.
Keep it classic this year and start your morning off with Tom Thumb donuts or shake it up with all new DIY donut flights from the Hangar. Whether you’re visiting the award-winning livestock barns or taking a turn on the giant slide, be sure to keep sunscreen applied and one hand free at all times for that next new confection on-a-stick.
Looking to pig out? More than 30 restaurants bring the meat with their hottest bacon dishes. When you get thirsty, choose from among more than 100 craft beers of all kinds. There’ll be music, games and a commemorative glass to bring home when you’re full.
At Wooden Hill’s annual summer fundraising event, community members can come together to support Reach, a nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness. This all-inclusive event will house a silent auction, delicious food, thirst quenching beverages, music, games and more.