Fun food stuff to do this weekend: Fiesta Fantastica, farmers’ markets, and more

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Lots of food fun this weekend. Weather permitting, I’m going to jump on my bike on Saturday and do a gastronomic circuit, starting with the Mill City Farmers’ Market, where May 18 has been proclaimed Backyard Bee Keeping Day. Lots of spring produce and bedding plants for sale, plus a cooking demo by market chef Heather Hartman, using honey from Beez Kneez, a local non-profit that delivers fresh local honey by bike. Beez Kneez will also be on hand at the Community Booth, providing information about the vital role that bees play in our food system. Music by the Cactus Blossoms, a terrific local country-western trio.

Next stop, the Fulton Farmers’ Market, 4901 Chown Ave, S., Minneapolis, which opens for the season on Saturday. (Its sister market, the Kingfield Farmers’ Market, opens on Sunday at 4301 Nicollet Ave. S.) This year’s ready-to-eat vendors include Big River Pizza, Chef Shack, Patisserie 46, and more. 

Finally, after a little siesta, I’ll head over to Top Shelf, 3040 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, which is hosting Fiesta Fantastica, a  fundraiser for the Blaisdell YMCA (Saturday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.). On the menu: carnitas, vegetarian nachos, and homemade coconut ice cream, plus beer, wine, and soda—and a silent auction. (“Suggested donation of $10-$50. All proceeds benefit the Blaisdell YMCA, which fosters youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for families of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds.”)