Lowertown Pop Event Preview

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A group of Twin Cities lifestyle bloggers was given a chance to preview the first Lowertown Pop art, craft and local goods event that will take place Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Union Depot in St. Paul.

This was a great opportunity to meet Minnesota makers one-on-one and hear about their products and passions. It was really inspiring and encouraging to hear about what drives them, their process and why they do it. And I only interacted with about a quarter or a third of the 55-plus vendors that will be at the event, so I can’t wait to go back and check out the entire show.

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So many great food and drink vendors, even at the preview.

While there are great people making clothes, accessories and beauty products (view who will be at the Lowertownpop Pop event), I was naturally most drawn to the food and drink vendors. I was able to sample a lot of products and talk with the people who developed them as to the product’s inspiration and future, where one might find them, etc.

Hearing about a passion project or filling a market void and all the time these people have invested in their project made the goods seem like more than something consumable. People in the Twin Cities community are focusing on bringing back long-ago natural recipes (Superior Switchel), creating a creamy vegan condiment (Grlk), bringing Greek family dips and spreads to an area lacking these items (Antigone’s), nuts bursting with flavor and natural sweetness that are vegan and gluten-free (Isadore), salsas and hot sauces that have a smokiness and kick (Double Take), and craft cocktails (Tattersall) and mixers (Blue Henn). And there will be more at the event that weren’t at the preview! I really can’t wait to get to know these vendors and their special stories more.

Lowertown Pop Ticket Giveaway (Now Closed)

Lowertown Pop drinks | Kale and AleLowertown Pop and event organizer MNBloggerBash were kind enough to donate tickets. Win two tickets (retail value $30) to Lowertown Pop at Union Depot in St. Paul on April 9 by signing up at the Rafflecopter widget below. Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Free admission for children ages 5 and under. 100 percent of ticket sales will be shared with the charity partner Face to Face and one lucky Minnesota Maker.

Giveaway is open to those with a U.S. mailing address and ends on 4/4/16 at 12 a.m. Entering below confirms that you agree to all terms and conditions within the Rafflecopter widget. Entries will be verified. Winner will be contacted April 4 and must respond that day with a delivery method. Tickets may be mailed via USPS (delivery by date of event not the responsibility of Kale and Ale or Valerie Dennis) or picked up in downtown Minneapolis during normal business hours.

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Prohibition exhibit at the Minnesota History Center

Prohibition KaleAndAle.comWhen searching things to do in my new home, I came across the American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. This looked like something in  my wheelhouse, so when I noticed entrance is free Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m., I planned a trip.

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We don’t agree with the use of alcohol. Don’t worry, I’m just kidding!

When I arrived, the person at the desk asked if I was here for that exhibit. Did I look like that was my reason for coming on the free night? Because if so, he pegged me. I said yes and he directed me to that part of the museum.

If you have watched the Ken Burns documentary “Prohibition,” this is a great companion to the show. In fact, Ken, Daniel Okrent and others in the documentary helped develop this exhibit.

 

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Everyone wants to get in the speakeasy

The exhibit takes up a good chunk of the total space at the museum.  This is a really thorough exhibit that has a lot of interactive components like games, a speakeasy with facts on Prohibition, maps, pictures and artifacts from the era. I really enjoyed it and was glad I went.

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Facts everywhere

The exhibit at the St. Paul museum is open through March 16. If you are interested in this subject, I encourage you to go, especially on a free night. It took me about two hours to go through, but you can easily spend more or less time to get a feel for it. And if you live elsewhere but are interested, check out the tour schedule.

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Spoiler: All is well in the end.