Sue Z.’s Picks: Irish Fair and a Food Truck Festival

This month, Irish festivities resume and Anoka hosts a food truck fest
The Irish Fair of Minnesota "resumes shenanigans" this weekend
The Irish Fair of Minnesota “resumes shenanigans” this weekend

Photo by Patrick McNeil

Irish Fair of Minnesota

When: August 13-15; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: Harriet Island, St. Paul

The 41st three-day celebration of Irish art and culture arrives on St. Paul’s Harriet Island, August 13-15. There will be a Celtic Kitchen with cooking demos and samples of authentic Irish foods and beverages. Check out the Irish breakfast on the patio and the Guinness Pub tent. Lots of Celtic foods, merchandise, and music (Eileen Ivers, Young Dubliners, the Ashley Davis Band, Gaelic Storm). Click here for more.

Anoka Food Truck Festival

When: August 21, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Anoka

There will be a culinary playground in Anoka on August 21, with 50 food trucks, plus fun for kids and four-legged friends. It’s free admission to hear live music, play games, and craft. Look for the craft beers, fashion trucks, giveaways, an escape room, and a photo booth truck while listening to live bands day and night. The food trucks will showcase Greek, South American, American, and Mexican cuisines, as well as mini donuts and more. Click here for more.

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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.