22nd annual Calhoun Coffee Festival coming up Nov. 19

CARAG — Coffee aficionados, unite! With the cold beginning to roll in, coffee begins to sound better and better. This Saturday, Nov. 19, Calhoun Square is hosting its 22nd Calhoun Coffee Festival entitled “Embrace the Grind” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Calhoun Square is partnering with House of Charity for the event, with proceeds going to feed 10,000 homeless people in the Minneapolis area.  This is the first year the two organizations have partnered. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the event.

Embrace the Grind is welcoming about 20 vendors ranging from Famous Dave’s to TeaSource. “Even if you don’t drink coffee, there is plenty to do,” said Mary Lower, a public relations representative for Calhoun Square.

With the purchase of a ticket you receive a coffee mug, which you can keep, and access to seminars on how to craft the perfect cup of coffee. ComedySportz, a Twin Cities based improvisation group, will be performing from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The first 1,000 attendees will also receive a $5 discount from participating restaurants and stores.

House of Charity is a non-profit organization founded nearly 60 years ago. They offer free public meals at their Downtown Food Centre on 714 Park Ave. along with permanent housing for people experiencing long-term homelessness. Their primary goal is to fulfill basic needs for the homeless.

“It’s a really good community event,” Lower said. “It started as a fundraiser and that has remained its emphasis.”

— Reach Josh Wolanin at jwolanin@mnpubs.com.