by Nancy Stiles
We can hardly believe it's already June. The good thing, though, is every weekend there are more and more outdoor events. Stop by one of several farmers' markets, or give it your best shot at Coffee Fest's latte art competition. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump.
Friday (May 30):
This coffee trade show is coming to town before heading to Portland and Atlanta. There will be lots of coffee, of course, education and competitions, including the latte art competition. Coffee Fest will here Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. General admission is $30, available here.
Ahh summer, the time for street festivals. Check out all Shaw Park has to offer, like Thurman Grill and Provisions, crafts, magic shows, face painting and more. You can cool off with ice cream sandwiches from Maggie's Ice Box and Schlafly beer. Friday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, but proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Saturday (May 31):
Can't make it down to Tower Grove? No problem -- Wildwood has a famers' market, too. Find fresh, local food from vendors like Cadet Creek Farms, Two Men and a Garden, Sunny Creek Farm and more. The Wise Brothers will also be providing live music tomorrow. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.
ALIVE Magazine Hot List Party @ Cortona at Forest Park
ALIVE is hosting its annual Hot List party with help from Skinny Girl wines, Pinnacle vodka and Miller Lite. The Food Truck Hot List winners will also be on hand. From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets start at $15, available here.
There's only one thing that could make a morning bike ride better: tacos. Meet up at Mike's Bikes and visit four restaurants: it's black bean-and-portabello taco at Mission Taco Joint, then a green curry chicken taco at Hiro Asian Kitchen, followed by the Fifth Wheel food truck at 4 Hands and a a taco al pastor at Gringo. From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20 per person; register here or at the ride.
Sunday (June 1):
If you missed the crawfish boil last weekend at Broadway Oyster Bar, don't worry. Acclaimed restaurant Farmhaus is holding its third annual boil. Besides crawfish, there will be house andouille sausage and other Cajun eats, plus bloody marys, beer, and mudslides. From noon to 9 p.m. It's $25-$30 per person, but don't forget that the event is cash only.
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