Welcome back to my blog. I hope everyone had a good labor day weekend! I spent my weekend at Bovey Farmers Day, and then tryed out some restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.
Bovey Farmers Day
Bovey Farmers Day is the longest running festival in Minnesota dating back to 1912. This festival always happens labor day weekend, and is a lot of fun! Growing up, I remember going to the parade every year and teaming up with my cousins. We’d see who could get the most candy. From the parade, to the food vendors, the live music, and bean bag tournaments, there is always something going on. The festival has many unique events as well, like its bed races and scarecrow decorating contests. During the event you can see scarecrows all along the streets that people decorated! It was so fun to attend this event and see the whole community out. Bovey’s streets are lined with cute antique, boutique and gift stores that added even more things to do during this eventful festival.
Dining in the Area
The Grand Rapids area has so many dining places to offer. I decided I needed to take this long weekend, and try a few out for myself. I started off with brunch in the nearby town of Pengilly. Mr. Roberts is a resort and restaurant that has been around and known by locals for many years. However, just a year ago, it really hit the map when the New York Times wrote an article about the restaurant. The food at the restaurant is typical Midwestern food, with a modern, ‘upscale’ twist. My table tried several different things, and we were impressed by every dish! I would love to go back sometime and try out their dinner menu. Rumor has it, the dinner options are divine.
The next day, I headed out to one of the local’s favorites. A Mexican and pizza place, called Zorbaz. This restaurant is a summertime favorite for locals. Located right on Pokegama lake, you can easily boat up to the restaurant and dock your boat. Families and friends often spend the afternoon on the beach, eating, drinking and playing beach volleyball. While Zorbaz does have other locations, they are mainly in Minnesota. Every restaurant is unique from the others, so people often travel to every one. My table ordered a couple pizzas and burritos. We loved the food enjoyed the afternoon out on the deck looking over Pokegama lake.
To end my weekend of dining, I decided to try something a little different and headed out to the local Japanese restaurant, Fuji. This restaurant is fairly new to the area, and is the only restaurant to offer sushi in the Grand Rapids area. While I am a huge fan of sushi, there are other options at the restaurant for people who don’t like it. Hibachi dinners, soups and teriyaki dinners just to name a few. My table thought the food was great, and we were so impressed by the staff. Our waiter seemed eager to help when I had questions, and we never once felt rushed during the meal. If you are in the mood for something different, this is the place to go!
Between now and my next week’s blog, I’ll be going out on an ATV ride and shopping at some of the different boutiques in the Grand Rapids area! If you have a favorite place to shop or ride, tell me about them on Facebook, I want to hear about your experiences! Make sure to check in next week on my blog to hear about my time at these events!