Sue Z.’s Picks: Holiday Bake Sale and Twin Cities’ Largest Tea Tasting

For some holiday spirit, Sue Z. recommends a St. Paul bake sale and a big metro tea party
Ornaments at the European Christmas Market
Ornaments at the European Christmas Market

Photo by Anne Kopas

Hub for the Holidays

Calling all holiday enthusiasts: Head to St. Paul’s Union Depot, in Lowertown, for a cozy December weekend. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until December 22 (times vary), the European Christmas Market will be open, highlighted by the 7th annual Holiday Bake Sale on Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Depot waiting room.

At the Bake Sale, there will be cooking and craft demos and holiday shopping—all open to the public with no admission fee, though they appreciate monetary or non-perishable food donations. Some of the best bakers will be demoing, giving tastes, and selling their products. To name a few: the Buttered Tin, Sara’s Tipsy Pies, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Nikkolette’s Macarons. Not to miss.

Twin Cities’ Biggest Tea Party

Sample and purchase from more than 100 blended teas at Mrs. Kelly’s Tea in the Grain Belt Brewery warehouse (77 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis) for the Twin Cities Largest Annual Tea Tasting, on December 7-8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. While there, check out artisan-made tea pottery, soaps, succulents, Muddy Paws Cheesecake, and Ames Farm honey. Plus, there will be a tea blender available to fill any special requests.

Admission is $3 or a non-perishable food donation, to be distributed to PRISM, Little Kitchen Food Shelf, East Side Neighborhood Services, and Perspectives Family Center.

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Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.