Looking for foodie events taking place across Minnesota? Check out six food festivals you won’t want to miss. From raspberry and garlic celebrations to food truck fun, each of these annual festivals offers a delicious destination for a weekend getaway.
The Hopkins Raspberry Festival
The Hopkins Raspberry Festival began during the Depression as a way to boost business in Hopkins and celebrate the peak of the raspberry season. Though the raspberry fields are long gone now, every year the Twin Cities hosts the Hopkins Raspberry Festival to continue the tradition. The 83-year-old festival coincides with the Minneapolis Aquatennial Celebration held in mid-July and offers free and low-cost events for families, teens and seniors.
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Potato Days Festival
In Barnesville, Minnesota, potatoes are anything but boring. Celebrate the versatile vegetable with events like mashed potato wrestling or the Miss Tator Tot pageant. The Potato Days Festival is regularly selected as one of the best summer festivals in the country, and over 20,000 visitors travel to enjoy all the potato-themed family fun.
Minnesota Garlic Festival
The Minnesota Garlic Festival features local food, celebrity chefs, live music, games, and, of course, lots and lots of garlic. The festival aims to support sustainable farms, clean eating, healthy environments and rural communities.
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Love Sauerkraut? Experience three full days of it in Henderson, Minnesota. Celebrate this fine fermented cabbage at Sauerkraut Days with plenty of fun events, including the Kraut Car Cruise, Championship Arm Wrestling and World Champion Sauerkraut-Eating Contest.
Uptown Food Truck Festival
The Uptown Food Truck Festival takes over Lake St. & Hennepin Ave. as one of the Twin Cities’s tastiest event of the summer. Over 60 local food vendors sell fare ranging from green papaya salad to gourmet mini doughnuts. The festival also offers a huge variety of local craft brews. Entertainment includes live bands and DJ sets, as well as mini-golf and hammerschlagen.