The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: May 31 to June 2


       The Horseradish Festival features a bloody mary contest | Mabel Suen
  •        The Horseradish Festival features a bloody mary contest | Mabel Suen

Plenty of festivals await this weekend including Thurman LoopFest, Festa Junina, IndiHop and the Shakespeare Festival. Work up an appetite and learn about all of them and more after the jump.

Friday (May 31):

Horseradish Festival @ Woodland Park Entertainment includes live music, food booths, a horseradish recipe contest, a bloody mary contest and plenty of horseradish-centric fun and games like root toss, root golf and root sacking. Admission is free. The fest's hours are Friday, May 31 from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Thurman LoopFest @ intersection of Shenandoah and Thurman Avenues Head to the Historic Shaw Neighborhood for arts, crafts, music, a barbecue competition, food vendors and more. Admission is free. Friday, May 31 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Choose Your Own Dinner Adventure! @ Shakespeare Festival Bring a picnic basket full of your own wine and snacks for the show, or leave the cooking to festival attendants. Choose from concession stand eats like sandwiches and funnel cakes, or show up early at 6 p.m. for a four-course meal including grilled cornish hen and a trio of watermelon salads prepared by Bixby's. Tickets cost $50 per person (available via the Shakespeare Festival website) and include reserved seats for the show. General admission for the show is free. The festival runs from now through June 16, with showings every night at 8 p.m. except for Tuesdays.

Saturday (Jun. 1):

Opening Day @ North City Farmers' Market Shop farm fresh and fresh baked goods from the likes of MK Fruits & Veggies, El Chico Bakery and Farmin' Armin. Opening day also features Mathias and the Pirates as well as Vip the Cowboy Clown, Tibetan yoga and free blood pressure screenings. Admission is free. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Midtown Taste and Art Fair @ 2900 Locust Street "Food and art fill the streets of midtown on Saturday and Sunday (June 1 and 2), with the first Midtown Taste and Art Fair taking over the area along Locust Street between Compton Avenue east to T.E. Huntley Avenue. Enjoy eats by nearby restaurants... Additionally, there will be a food-truck challenge, pitting up to six local food trucks against one another." Admission is free. Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Right on 'Cue @ Kitchen Conservatory Chef Kirk Warner of Kirk's Traveling Kitchen leads this hands-on grilling class cooking up dishes such as grilled sea scallops and shitake mushrooms with spicy soy glaze and prawns with caramelized lemongrass sauce. $60 per person - register online via the Kitchen Conservatory website. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Alternatively, on Sunday, check out the Thrill of the Grill class led by chef Mickey Kitterman of Gallagher's).

IndiHop @ Cherokee Street and the Grove Neighborhoods Hop on shuttles between the Cherokee Street and the Grove neighborhoods to try out fifty beers during a self-guided tour. Tickets cost $20 via Brown Paper Tickets and include guidebook and a tasting glass to fill with samples at participating venues. Noon to 5 p.m.

Festa Junina @ St. Cecilia Parish Church "Just like the U.S. of A. isn't all Fourth of July celebrations with apple pie and blue-jean cutoffs, Brazil has much more to offer than just your traditional Carnival-type festivities...We're talking farm ensembles with checked fabric, straw hats, and even faux freckles and gapped teeth! And there's even square dancing at these celebrations!..In addition to the aforementioned dancing, expect to eat, drink, play games and have a lovely night." Admission is free. 6 to 10 p.m.

Sunday (Jun. 2):

Sloup #35 @ Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Chef David Kirkland of Cafe Osage prepares soup to go along with a list of artist and activist proposals. For $10, get a bowl and a vote to choose the benefaciary. 5 to 7 p.m.

Taste of Clayton @ Brentwood Boulevard between Forsyth and Maryland Try small plates from fifteen area restaurants over live music throughout the day. Kids activities are also available. Tastes cost between $2-$7. Admission is free. Noon to 9:30 p.m.