Fall is in full swing, and St. Louis has so many festivals to celebrate the season. Check out the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival or pretend it's St. Patrick's Day at Ballpark Village. Get out and about and bring you pup along too -- we're sure he loves the weather just as much as you do. Continue on for this weekend's food-related recommendations.
Friday (Sept. 26):
"Love the show Drunk History? OK, it's not exactly the same thing, but local blog Distilled History combines history and drinking in a similarly charming way. It's hosting an event to celebrate St. Louis History and Smithsonian Museum Day at the historic Campbell House Museum. Take a look at St. Louis and Campbell House history from the perspective of wine, beer and spirits production of the time while drinking Schlafly beer and wine. Eats will be provided by Maya Cafe. Plus, the winner of a raffle gets to take a swig out of a cup owned by Ulysses S. Grant! Admission is free. Friday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m."
Halfway to St. Patrick's Day @ Ballpark Village The St. Louis Metro St. Patrick's Day Committee really can't wait until March, so it's hosting a halfway-there party at Fridays on Clark at Ballpark Village. Enjoy samples of Irish beer, live music and Irish dancing. There will be performances by Mayer-Torno School of Irish Dance, Holy Infant School Irish Dancers, O'Faolain Academy of Irish Dance and Irish Aires. Afterward, Blues Traveler will be playing a free concert on the Busch II Infield. From 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Welcome the fall season with open arms by partaking in a fest full of carnival rides, a 5K, a talent competition and food vendors such as Chop Shop, Sister Cities BBQ and Fallon's Bar & Grill. Get the full schedule of events here. Friday, from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday, from noon to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
"Experience all things Scottish including highland athletics, bagpipes, folk music, sheepdog trials and plenty of food and drink. Try bangers, pasties, haggis, Scotch eggs and more from vendors such as The Scottish Arms. Adult tickets cost between $10-20. Friday, from 5 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m."
Saturday (Sept. 27):
Enjoy a light breakfast and meet eight local authors at the library's Carondelet branch. Left Bank Books will also be on hand to facilitate book purchases. Speak with Laura Benedict, Heather Brewer, Jennifer Adele, Judy Moresi, Jim Merkel, Irene Hannon, John Dalton and John F. D. Taff. Call 314-752-9224 for reservations. Admission is free.
It's the second annual event for charity at Whole Foods Market in Town & Country. The two beers with the most votes will receive a donation to their charity of choice. Vote for beers from Schlafly, 4 Hands, O'Fallon, Crown Valley, Urban Chestnut, Cathedral Square and Six Row. Don't forget the bacon! Sample applewood-smoked bacon, smoked uncured beef bacon, peppered turkey bacon, Black Forest bacon and uncured Sunday bacon. Adults tickets are $10 and available by calling 636-527-1160. Kids ten and up are $5, younger than that are free. Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m.
"Enjoy live Latino music, folkloric dancers, arts and crafts and, of course, plenty of food and drink. Sample authentic foods from Mexico, Dominican Republic, Belize and more, cool off with margaritas and beer, and enjoy the colors, sights, and sounds of Hispanic nations at more than 75 booths. Admission is free. Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m."
Come celebrate the Civil Life's third birthday with $4 sixteen-ounce pints all day long, live music, barbecue and more. The annual State of the Beer Union Address starts at 3 p.m. and culminates in the new logo reveal. From noon to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Sunday (Sept. 28):
Cook an intimate meal with your significant other complete with wine pairings. What's more romantic than a rustic French bistro? French onion soup, bistro salad with ravigote champagne dressing, steak au poivre with pommes frites and chocolate pots de crème with whipped cream for dessert. From 5 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is $140 per couple, available here.
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