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Five food-and-drink-themed events from around the Twin Cities:

1. Designer cocktails

Libations stirred up by the crew from Eat Street Social are temptation enough to head out on a Thursday night. But add in the other elements of the Blu Dot Outlet and HQ event — fashion, exclusive furniture sales and food trucks — and you’ve got yourself a party. Tickets for the 6-9 p.m. affair are $45 at the door. More info at

2. Comic-Con for beer nerds

Yep, it’s really happening. Homebrew Con is at the Minneapolis Convention Center through the weekend, touting a serious lineup of sessions on all things beer, cider and mead. We can’t guarantee anyone will dress up like a mug o’ suds, but if you’re into brewed things, you should probably be there. Register at

3. Lawn Lounging

The grill will be going and picnic baskets overflowing at the Draft Horse’s Garden Party on the lawn at the Food Building, 1401 NE. Marshall St., Mpls., on Tuesday (6-10 p.m.). Local crooner Jack Klatt will provide the soundtrack, and goods from Red Table Meats, Baker’s Field Flour & Bread and Indeed Brewing Co. will keep things tasty. The Minneapolis Craft Market will also be on hand, so bring the kids! More info at

4. Boozy popsicles

Why lick a regular popsicle when you can savor one with frozen sparkling wine instead? The Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown is providing the answer to that epic summer question Friday, when they’ll be offering peach, strawberry and mixed berry boozesicles ($9 apiece) made with Sofia Blanc de Blanc in the hotel lobby. For the youngsters, virgin versions will be available.

5. Union-Bird pop-up

Interested in trying Hmong food? Or are you looking to experience flavors you love in a new way? Whatever your familiarity with the cuisine, Union Kitchen’s accessible approach to ancient cooking methods is intriguing. Give Yia Vang and Chris Her’s food — including purple sticky rice with dried beef and Laotian fried chicken — a try at UK’s pop-up at the Bird in Loring Park on Friday (5-9 p.m.). Tickets aren’t necessary. The full menu is available at