Gluten-free food, jazz quartet highlights at arts festival this Saturday


The 42nd annual St. Anthony Park Arts Festival will snake its way down Como Avenue Saturday, June 4, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.—rain or shine.

The one-day event will host more than 85 artists, two stages of music and a variety of activities. One of this year’s highlights is a gluten-free food vendor— Crazy Puppy Gourmet Workshop—where festival-goers can buy typical fair food such as mini-doughnuts and cheese curds sans the gluten. Crazy Puppy also sells some dairy-free products.

Other new food items include bubble tea (Unwind Tea) and bratwurst cooked in beer served with sauerkraut (Minnesota Sausage Company).

The Christine Rosholt Quartet will perform jazz music from the “greatest generation” at 1 p.m. at the Carter Avenue stage. The group is being sponsored by the St. Paul Public Library through Legacy Amendment funding.

The Arts Festival is a fundraiser organized by the St. Anthony Park Branch Library Association for the library’s summer reading program and other library activities. The association is a group of neighborhood volunteers who meet throughout the year to support library programs. Rose Gregoire is the festival coordinator.

While there’s a number of new things to taste and do at this year’s festival, many of the well-loved traditions of the festival continue: ceramic artist Ken Chin-Purcell will be giving folks a spin on his potter’s wheel in front of the library, the association’s annual used book sale will be held in the library basement, and a children’s art tent will have some free activities for the younger crowd.

A complete map and list of artists, food vendors, activities and music can be found at: