Not exactly networking or speed dating, the Break the Bubble series returns to spark a conversation. Show up, throw on a name tag, and meet someone new. A theme will be suggested at the event, but anyone is welcome to strike up a conversation and enjoy your java. SAT 7/29,

Take a train to Flavortown, because the St Paul Food Truck festival is back at Union Depot! More than 60 vendors wheel out their culinary wares from New Zealand meat pies to deep fried ice cream and Maine lobster rolls. If that’s not enough truckin’ for you, there are also

The West 7th neighborhood continues to blossom as a bustling arts district and Summerfest at the Keg and Case yard is one of the biggest events of the year. With a varied lineup that includes Annie Mack, Rogue Valley, Solid Gold, and more, as well as food and arts vendors,

Utepils Brewing and Graymatter Studios team up to present the 7th annual Artepils celebration. Also running Saturday, the festival brings together several visual artists and rootsy-leaning bands to pair with your brews. FRI 7/21, 12 PM, Free, All Ages

Gearing up for Smack Shack’s annual Crayfest on August 5th, Indeed Brewing is getting cray cray with a qualifying eating contest! The rules of engagement are threefold: Contestants have three minutes to go through a pound of crayfish and of course there’s no eating the shells. The winner gets two

Top chefs bring their top treats to Taste. WORDS BY CHLOE GALLAGHER KCM Eggrolls Made from family recipes passed down through generations, KCM offers a diverse array of authentic Vietnamese food, from the indulgent to the fresh and healthy. If you’re looking for something refreshing, there’s a rice noodle salad.

It’s tiki time at Pizza Luce Eden Prairie! They’re throwing a party tonight to celebrate the release of Tropic Mayhem,  a collaboration with Falling Knife Brewing. The Hulapeño pizza also returns and there are prizes to be had for best/worst Hawaiian shirts and a limbo competition! TUES 6/27, 5 PM, Free,

Meet the featured restaurants and chefs who’re putting the taste into the Taste of MN WORDS BY ISABELLE WATTENBERG There’s a lot to sample at Taste of Minnesota—music, art, and, of course, the food. In addition to the beautiful cohort of food trucks on hand to feed attendees, five restaurants

Celebrate and share in honoring the past and celebrating the future with food from Chef Lachelle, a commemorative ceremony, story circles, and more. SAT 6/17, 2 PM, Free, All Ages

Just off the west side of the Lake Street bridge and River Road is one of the best and most scenic patios in the neighborhood that bears its name. The Longfellow Grill has a large space for drinks and keeps long hours seven days a week. Perfect for a summer