Cocktails at the Castle: Swedish House Party
For years, the American Swedish Institute has stood stoically on Park Avenue as an institution dedicated to preserving Sweden-American heritage. Last year, the museum debuted a new series to shake things up. “Cocktails at the Castle” transforms the historic Turnblad Mansion, the adjoining Nelson Cultural Center and surrounding grounds into a decadent soiree with Swedish-themed activities, libations and foodstuffs. Previous editions have featured soliloquy-laced sword fights, an attic knitting circle and hula hoopers. Friday’s “Swedish House Party” will have drinking-game tutorials, ping-pong duels, Eurocentric film shorts and DIY paper art activities — a tie-in to the “Papercut!” exhibition by Danish-Norwegian artist Karen “Bit” Vejle. What’s more: Euro street food, cocktails from Minnesota-based Scandinavian distillery Får North Spirits, beer from Indeed Brewing, a Euro-style dance party spun by Jake Rudh and live music from Still Pacific. (7-11 p.m. Fri. $15-$45. 21 & older. American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Av. S., Mpls. 612-871-4907. cocktailsatthecastle4.eventbrite.com.) Jahna Peloquin
Spring Spread Food Truck Rally
Food truck season is about to hit full swing in the Twin Cities, and the Spring Spread Food Truck Rally could be considered its unofficial launch. The event hosted by the Minnesota Food Truck Association returns to the Harriet Brewing parking lot with a roster of 16 food trucks, live music and locally brewed craft beer. Among the food trucks circling: green truck Moral Omnivore, which serves a variety of salads and sliders like the fried tomato BLT and beet ($8 for a pair); Sassy Spoon, home to gluten-free dishes like the Pig-Pen, a tray full of miso-braised pulled pork and cabbage slaw ($10); and Hot Indian Food, whose specialty is the Indurrito, a mix of Indian rice, curry, vegetables and choice of protein wrapped in a tortilla ($9-10). All of which should pair nicely with one of Harriet’s Belgian-style ales. (Noon-7 p.m. Sat. Free. Harriet Brewing, 3036 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls. www.harrietbrewing.com.) J.P.