The rain is finally gone, and you can enjoy this weekend in all is autumnal glory. Check out the Harvest Festival at Laumeier Sculpture Park or celebrate 19th-century German culture in Marthasville. Continue on for our food-related recommendations for this weekend.
Friday (Oct. 17):
L'Ecole Culinaire is celebrating its tenth anniversary this weekend with an Oktoberfest-themed open house for the public. Sample German foods and create your own brats and learn about L'Ecole's culinary programs. From 4 to 7 p.m. Admission and food are free.
Libertine chef Josh Galliano is cooking tonight at the renowned James Beard House in New York City. We can't make it up to the Big Apple either, but the Libertine is celebrating with an extended happy hour and live shots of Galliano and his crew in the kitchen. They'll be cooking up a menu that showcases Midwest cuisine up and down the Mississippi. Enjoy half-price Perennial Hommel on draft (they'll be drinking that at the James Beard House too) plus half price wines by the glass and a special Beard punch. From 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is free.
Saturday (Oct. 18):
Soulard Wing Ding @ Soulard Market Park For the first time ever, Soulard is hosting a wing festival featuring the best neighborhood restaurants. General admission gets you eight wing samplings and two beverage tickets; VIP gets you unlimited wings, beer and seating in the VIP tent. Enjoy live music from Patti and the Hitmen from noon to 1:30 p.m. General admission is $25 and VIP tickets are $50, available here. From noon to 5 p.m.
Nope, St. Louis isn't done with the beer festivals just yet. Raise money for the Lutheran Elementary School Association at the second annual event. There will be beer, wine, coffee and food sampling as well as arts and crafts vendors, special food exhibits and live music. From 1 to 5 p.m. Wristbands are $35 and get you beer, wine and coffee tastings and a commemorative glass. Call 314-268-1525 to buy a wristband or get them online here.
Get out of town for this German heritage festival in Marthasville -- it's the 33rd year of celebrating artisanal German food and arts. Enjoy eats like cinnamon-roasted nuts made on a German nut roaster from the 1850s, homemade sarsaparilla (root beer), German brats with sauerkraut, German potato salad, German sausages and lots more. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the history Luxenhaus Farm. Call 636-433-5669 for ticket information.
We told you beer festivals weren't over. Sample beers from Anheuser-Busch, 4 Hands, Boulevard, Granite City Brewery, Kirkwood Station, New Belgium, O'Fallon Brewery, Schlafly and Square One. There will be live music provided by the Jive and Wail and food available for purchase. From 2 to 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 and include beer sampling and a commemorative mug; VIP is $35 and includes lounge seating with fire pits, beer sampling, mug and an event T-shirt, available here.
Some of the best food trucks in town will gather in Chesterfield for your dining pleasure. Check out Chris' Smoke House, Harvest Xpress, Yo! Salsa, Sarah's Cake Stop, Russo's Catering, Steak Louie, Juicemasters, the Global Quesadilla Company, Seoul Taco, Guerrilla Street Food, Pyro Pizza, Wayno's Mobile International Cuisine, Hot Aztec, Que Sazon, La Tejana, Slice of the Hill, Zia's Italian Food Truck, Sia's Italian Ice, Shell's Coastal Cuisine, Kona Ice, St. Louisanaq, Bombay Food Junkies and the Cheese Shack. There will also be live music, games and karaoke. From noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Sunday (Oct. 19):
Take full advantage of this beautiful fall weekend at Laumeier Sculpture Park with food, beer and music. Restaurants include Pappy's, Sqwires, the Dam, Serendipity Ice Cream, Cleveland-Heath, Capitalist Pig, Juniper, the Scottish Arms and Eleven Eleven Mississippi. Schlafly, 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut and Square One will provide the beer with wine from Noboleis, August and Montelle wineries. There will be a farmers' market and local craft vendors as well. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and $8 for Laumeier members, available here.
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