by Nancy Stiles
There is one event looming large over beer-obsessed St. Louis this weekend: Microfest. We've got all the details, but if that's not your thing, how about some Cinco de Mayo celebrations? It's also the Kentucky Derby, if you prefer your bourbon with a little mint. Check out our list of food-related recommendations after the jump.
Friday (May 2):
St. Louis' longest-running craft beer festival returns for its nineteeth annual celebration this weekend. There are three different "sessions" over two days, plus live and silent auctions, live music, demonstrations and more. This year's lineup includes all the local breweries (and we mean all) plus the big guns like Anheuser Busch and Heineken. Proceeds go to the Lift for Life Gym. Friday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $35, available here.
Start celebrating Cinco de Mayo early at Howl at the Moon piano bar at Ballpark Village. Get your drink on with $4 Dos Equis, $5 Jose Cuervo shots and $20 86-ounce mega margaritas. The pianos will be wailing all night long, too. From 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Admission is free.
Pop-up impresario turned celebrated restaurateur John Perkins returns to his underground roots with Salon1500. The 19th-century style salon will feature a three-course meal from Perkins, plus wine or beer pairings. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $75, available here.
Saturday (May 3):
Watch the Kentucky Derby high above the city at Three Sixty. Another bonus: part of the proceeds benefit the St. Louis Children's Hospital. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, mint juleps, best dressed contests and more. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, available here.
Cherokee Street is the perfect destination for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. It's basically a block party between Nebraska Street and Ohio Avenue. Restaurants like La Vallesana, Taqueria el Bronco, Taqueria el Torito and more will be serving up Mexican classics, but places like Athlete Eats are joining in the fun, too. There's a parade, live music, Mexican wrestling, burlesque performances and even bull riding. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
As we reported back in February, the St. Louis Food Trucks' Association is holding an event downtown this summer. The rally will feature over twenty food trucks. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
The Variety St. Louis Children's Charity is hosting this gala to benefit local children with disabilities. Harry Connick, Jr. will be performing. From 5:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. Non-dinner tickets start at $110, available here and dinner seats start at $500, available here.
Sunday (May 4):
The farm-to-table restaurant celebrates the annual Spanish Calcotada festival. Winslow's home will be wood-roasting spring onions, sausage and lamb dipped in romesco sauce with lots of rosé. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $55; register here.