The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: May 17 to 19

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MOFU Ramen Pop-Up @ Sump Coffee - Saturday, May 18 - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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It finally feels like springtime, when all the foodies come out to play! There's so much edible excitement this weekend that we can barely contain ourselves. Expect a busy list of picks to choose for next few months now that we're officially out of that wintry slump. This weekend, check out Maifest at ITAP, Chinese Culture Days at MOBOT and the Taste of Edwardsville at SIUE, just to name a few. Details for all the food fun await right after the jump.

See also: - Drink for a Good Cause at Circle of Concern Amazing Taste - St. Jacob Strawberry Festival and Berry Bicycle Ride This Saturday - Pigs and Pints Festival at Civil Life Brewing Company - Eat Up at Taste of Maplewood Festival Saturday

Friday (May 17):

Bike to Work Breakfasts @ Downtown Bicycle Station & Kaldi's On Demun Trailnet hosts this series of promotional events the third friday of every month from now through October to encourage bike travel. Show up on two wheels and get rewarded with free coffee and a mini scone. 7 to 9 a.m.

Maifest @ International Tap House; Chesterfield, MO To celebrate the coming of spring, ITAP hosts a two day bender filled with food, music and local and traditional German beer. On Saturday, check out "Geschmack," a 30+ craft beer tasting from 2 to 6 p.m. General admission the day of is $5 -- scroll to the bottom of the ITAP website for detailed pricing options. Friday, May 17 from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Satuday, May 18 from 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Third Friday Open House @ Third Degree Glass Factory The drink of the month is "Mmmargaritas," and food trucks on hand include Sarah's MeltDowns, Cha Cha Chow and Kona Mobile Cafe. Fuel up on some tasty sustenance before partaking in the festivities of the evening including live music, free massages, free henna tattoos and shopping for various crafted goodies. Admission is free. 6 to 10 p.m.

Saturday (May 18):

Taste of Maplewood Festival @ streets of Maplewood "One block of Sutton Boulevard between Manchester and Hazel will cease to be a road and instead become a foodie paradise, with vendors offering samples and live music and entertainment... Admission and entertainment are free, but vendors will be charging for food and drinks." Noon to 9 p.m.

St. Jacob Strawberry Festival and Berry Bicycle Ride @ Township Park; St. Jacob, IL "The Berry Bicycle Ride will kick off the event at 7:30 a.m. at St. Jacob Township Park. There are four trail routes for riders with different skill levels (super short, short, medium and long) on mostly flat terrain. The ride will end at the strawberry festival with strawberry shortcake for all the riders." Basic registration costs $16 per person and can be done online. The Strawberry Fest lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chinese Culture Days @ Missouri Botanical Garden "China is a large country with an even larger history. You could spend a lifetime studying just one province and still have more to learn... culinary demonstrations take place in the Kemper Center for Home Gardening Kitchen. If that makes you hungry -- and it will -- the Chinese food court can take care of you." Admission is $5 to $12. Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MOFU Ramen Pop-Up @ Sump Coffee MOFU Soy, a St. Louis based tofu company that makes all of its products from scratch, hosts a ramen pop-up with two options, available for $12 each: MOFU Ramen with MOFU two ways and pork ramen with chashu pork belly, crispy pulled pork and plenty of fixins'. DJ 18andCounting provides music til 1. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Taste of Edwardsville @ SIUE Merdian Ballroom Try bites from restaurants like Cleveland-Heath, Peel, Bella Milano, Wang Gang and more to the tunes of the Well Hungarians during this fifth annual eating extravaganza. Tickets cost $50 (available online) and include unlimited food samples, soda and beer. 7 to 11 p.m.

Sunday (May 19):

Pigs and Pints @ Civil Life Brewing Company "While Civil Life is taking care of the beer, The Block is handling the food, including the red wattle pigs brought in from nearby Kluesner's Farms. To help oversee the barbecuing, experts from both Pappy's Smokehouse and Bogart's Smokehouse will be on hand ensuring that this will be a high quality affair... Tickets cost $45 for adults, $7 for kids ages five to twelve and free for kids under five." Noon to 6 p.m.

Circle of Concern Amazing Taste @ Lukas Liquor Superstore "...Guests will be able to taste more than 600 unique wines, beers and spirits from at least 90 vendors partnered with Lukas Liquor Superstore... General admission tickets are $35, and you must be 21 or older to attend. For $60, you can get a VIP ticket to taste top-shelf liquors." 1 to 5 p.m.

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