Come early June sure as a warm spring sprinkle of rain, the Edina Art Fair brings thousands of visitors to 50th & France. Many come hungry not just for art but for the food. A super selection of snacks, full-fledged meals and a little of everything in between are nestled around every corner. No one has to go away hungry here.
A few hours of arty culture infusion would make anyone work up an appetite. Even better, at the Edina Art Fair you can eat and browse at the same time.
Street vendors offer everything from American-style ice cream, soft as silk Italian gelato, warm from the popper kettle corn, dressy Piedmontese hot dogs, slick Island noodles, savory barbecue and much more. The choices are so abundant it is hard to decide what to eat.
Plus many of the regular 50th &France restaurants are running specials as well as regular menu picks. While the restaurant is closed for the fair, Rice Paper has a quick to go set up for handmade spring rolls and other Thai-flavored favorites. D’Amico & Sons has basil lemonade out on the patio along with a selection of Italian finger food. Other places were serving special fair features outdoors too.
I enjoyed the chance to talk to food vendors first hand, especially La Belle Crepe, new to the Art Fair this year with their Two Gelato Guys light Italian ice cream. The informality of an outdoor event makes this interaction possible. So often, regular dining does not allow any face time to chat with the kitchen staff and owners.
Seating outside is no problem. At least when my family was there, we never had to go more than a few steps for a seat.
The Edina Art Fair has a lovely array of art from fine artisan quality heirlooms to backyard kitsch. Throw in a diverse food selection and you have the perfect June day, regardless of the weather.