Xpos and Experiences
The first annual Minneapolis Indie Xpo was a smashing success, despite the oppressive heat and humidity. It was steamy hot inside The Soap Factory, which threatened to melt the frosting off The Donut Cooperative’s tasty offerings, but it didn’t seem to keep the crowds away. We visited with many friends and acquaintances from in and out of town. It was a full house, exhibitor and attendee-wise. I walked away with some most excellent swag – prints, posters, t-shirts and comics – though I spent a bit more than I’d intended. There was SO much to look at but my favorite tables of the day were from Sam Hiti, BT Livermore, Zak Sally / La Mano, Uncivilized Books and Cathy Camper (I’m sure I missed some great stuff but I was totally overstimulated). My son was too but he mostly enthralled by the aforementioned donuts, Ghostbusters’ ghostmobile and indoor swing anyhow. Overall an excellent way to spend a Saturday!
On Sunday The Homegrown Experience was held at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. It was organized with a “focus on sustainability, connecting people to the land and providing healthy and enjoyable experiences” and featured demonstrations by chefs, local restaurants, farmers, CSAs, co-ops, food producers, local vintners and brewers. We enjoyed many excellent food and beverage samples – iced Peace Coffee! tea sandwiches! crostini! oysters! chocolates! cheeses! more! – before ambling over to St. Anthony Main’s adorable Aster Cafe for a spell.