It's Oktoberfest! Yes, there are several celebrations in September and October, but this weekend, it's time for the big boy: Soulard. You can also check out Romanian culture in St. Louis or vote for your favorite chili recipe. Just be sure to stay warm and dry! Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump.
Friday (Oct. 10):
"This is St. Louis -- none of us need an excuse to grab a beer. But if you're casting about for justification, well, say guten tag to the Soulard Oktoberfest. A joint celebration of our city's German heritage and our history as a brewery town, Soulard Oktoberfest is an excellent reason to eat sausage, drink beer and dance to polka music -- and life is just better with polka. The stars of the show are the biermeisters, which are German brewers Spaten and Weihenstephan, as well as a host of local pros such as Urban Chestnut, Civil Life, O'Fallon Brewery and Ferguson Brewing Company. All that glorious music is provided by the Dorfrockers (Franconia's finest), Wisconsin's Copper Box and hometown heroes the Deutschmeister Brass Band. Oktoberfest is in full swing from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 1798 South Seventh Street (across from Soulard Market). General admission is $5, with VIP options ranging from $45 to $75."
Saturday (Oct. 11):
"Explore this ethnic fest for a taste of kabobs, stuffed cabbage, homemade soups and sausages, and Romanian wine and beer. Glimpse folk dancing, a traditional costume display and church tours along the way. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free."
"Hosted by Global Brew Tap House & Lounge, the festival offers seasonal and special release craft beers from Schlafly, the Civil Life and Urban Chestnut, plus food from Aya Sofia, 1818 Craft Chophouse, Chava's Mexican Restaurant and Cleveland-Heath. There will also be live music, raffles and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits Toys for Tots. Admission is free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m."
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Urban Chestnut, the Dam and Amsterdam Tavern. You'll get G&W sausage, pork schnitzel topped with lemon-mushroom cream sauce, fennel and spaetzle, German mustard and cheeses and German chocolate pumpkin cheesecake. All will be paired with an Urban Chestnut brew, of course. Tickets also include a stein that you can fill with any Urban Chestnut brew at Amsterdam Tavern this weekend. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person; call 314-443-6956 for reservations.
4th Annual Chili Cook-off @ Whole Foods Town & Country
Ten teams will compete for your vote for the best chili recipe. The winning team will receive $500 toward their charity of choice. Two charities will score, though -- there's a prize for the celebrity judges' pick and the audience pick. Plus, if you submit a vote, you'll be entered into a drawing for a $100 Whole Foods gift card. There will also be kids' activities (including a fire truck!) live music and of course, lots of chili. From 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Sunday (Oct. 12):
Support the Animal House Fund tonight by eating at Layla in the Grove. There will be all your Layla favorites -- burgers, shawarma, shakes, vegetarian dishes and more, plus special kitty cocktails. Twenty percent of sales will go toward the Animal House Fund's programs for cats and kittens. From 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
"Cruise the mighty Mississippi on an Oktoberfest-themed riverboat. Enjoy a German buffet of beer rouladen, bratwurst and knockwurst, sweet and sour cabbage, knoodle kugle, hot German potato salad, rye and pumpernickel breads and German chocolate cake. There is also a live German band. The cruise lasts from 1 to 3 p.m. It's $38 for adults and $18 for kids three through twelve. Reservations are required, so call 1-877-982-1410 or book online here."
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