by Mabel Suen
This weekend, hit up Food Truck Friday and Local Social in the Central West End. Alternatively, consider going on an ice cream bicycle ride hosted by Trailnet or sign up for a class at Kitchen Conservatory. Plenty of food-related fun awaits right after the jump.
Friday (Aug. 9):
International Farmers Market @ Cherokee Street This small but sweet farmers' market sits just outside of the Cherokee Real community garden and specializes in fresh, affordable and unique goods. During a recent visit, Gut Check spotted some white eggplant, fresh plums and home-brewed kombucha. Admission is free. 4 to 7 p.m.
Food Truck Friday @ Tower Grove Park For the third year in a row, Food Truck Friday invades Tower Grove Park with eats from Guerilla Street Food, Hot Aztec, Sarah's Cake Stop and much more. Arrive early to avoid lines and come with a big appetite. Admission is free. 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Local Social @ Central West End Every second Friday through September, CWE shops, galleries and restaurants showcase the neighborhood with street entertainment and special discounts. Get the full list of deals and featured talent via the Central West End Scene website. 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday (Aug. 10):
Hands On Knife Skills Class @ Food Media Forum 2013 As part of the Food Media Forum 2013, learn how to handle a chef's knife (included with class cost) from Culinary Institute of St. Louis instructors. The course costs $75 per person, but participants must also purchase a conference ticket. 9 a.m.
Rack Star Chef @ Kitchen Conservatory Eat like royalty this weekend. French-born chef Jean-Pierre Augé, who has cooked for greats such as the Queen of England and president Dwight Eisenhower, leads this demonstration on how to prepare cheese soufflé, roasted rack of lamb with fresh garlic jus on eggplant cakes, plus a decadent chocolate roulé for an elegant dessert. $45 per person. Register online via the Kitchen Conservatory website. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fourth Annual Farm Festival @ Overlook Farm T ake a mini excursion outside of the city and get some treats to enjoy under the sun before it's too late. This event features chef demos, a barbecue competition and live music all day long. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and admission is free.
Savor Saint Louis Food Tour @ participating Central West End restaurants and retailers Get to know sights, sounds, history and tastes of the Central West End during a small-group guided tour. Sample a dish at each stop during the three-hour walking tour and learn all about the neighborhood. $44 per person. Get tickets online via the official Savor Saint Louis website. 11 a.m.
Dinner @ The Agrarian pop-up "Executive chef John Perkins has planned four meat dishes: quail, pork, cornish game hen and trout. Any of the dishes can be made vegetarian, though. Matt Obermark, formerly of the late, great Salt, joins the Agrarian as bar and beverage consultant... The Agrarian will run Wednesday through Saturday at 5:30 p.m. until October 5." Walk-ins welcome.
Sunday (Aug. 11):
Ice Cream Bicycle Ride @ The Cyclery and Fitness Center - Edwardsville, Illinois Trailnet guides pedal-friendly participants on sweet bike ride. Meet at the Cyclery and Fitness Center and depart for a scenic ride through the Madison County countryside, with a stop at Annie's Frozen Custard to refuel. The cost is $13 for non-members in advance and $15 the day of - kids ride for $3. Register online via the Trailnet website. 7:30 to 9 a.m.
9th Annual Tomato Fest @ Iron Barley " In addition to lots of tomatoes (duh), this year's festival also features a new event: a bloody-mary contest...There will also be a special tomato menu, including BLTs, vegetable lasagna and homemade pizza as well as other tomato-based cocktails, arts and crafts, games like the Cherry Tomato Toss and live music. And of course, the Unusual-Looking Tomato Contest!" Admission is free.