Scenes from the Little Africa Festival, 2022 (St. Paul, MN)

In 2017 I reported on a visit to what was then the fourth iteration of the Little Africa Festival in St. Paul. Organized by the African Economic Development Solutions group, the festival is held in early-mid August every year—though the pandemic doubtless intervened in the last few years. The location is Hamline Park in St. Paul (where Lafond meets Snelling). It was held again this past Sunday and we returned for the first time since 2017 (we were unfortunately out of town in 2018 and 2019 and we all know what happened in 2020 and 2021). We found the festival slightly larger in scope and just as vital, in both senses of the word. Continue reading

Lunch at the Keg and Case Food Hall (St. Paul, MN)

We visited Keg and Case in March and again in September, both times to eat dinner at In Bloom (reviews here and here). On both occasions we walked by all the other food businesses without paying very close attention to them and on both occasions we resolved to come back soon with the kids for lunch and try some of them. Well, at the end of October we finally got around to doing that. We met friends there for an early lunch on a Saturday. Our main targets were Pimento, a Jamaican counter (and a branch of a more formal restaurant in Minneapolis) and Revival Smoked Meats, an outpost of the Revival empire. We did eat and drink the wares of a few other merchants as well (doughnuts, ice cream, beer, coffee) and after lunch we sauntered around the rest of the complex. I have descriptions and evaluations for you of the things we ate and pictures of everything else. Continue reading