by Nancy Stiles
Take advantage of the long weekend with one of the many eat-and-drink events in town over the next few days. Check out Schlafly's annual Cabin Fever festival, or warm up with RISE Coffee's brand-new coffee truck. It's also the tenth annual (feel old yet?) Ice Carnival in the Delmar Loop this weekend. Continue on for our food-related event recommendations.
Friday (Jan. 16):
Start this weekend's tenth annual Ice Carnival with the Snow Ball tonight at the Moonrise Hotel. The party is from 7 to 11 p.m. For $25, enjoy valet parking, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and an open bar. On Saturday, there are activities up and down Delmar. There will be ice sculptures, a putt-putt pub crawl, 5K and 10K Frozen Buns Runs, ice slides, Frozen Turkey Bowling, hot chocolate, s'mores, ice carving demonstrations and more. Activities begin as early as 10 a.m. Admission is free.
January's Third Friday event is fire-and-ice themed. Ices Plain & Fancy and Mission Taco will be serving up eats alongside a fire spinning demonstration, live music and hot Irish coffee. From 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
To celebrate its third anniversary, 4 Hands will be tapping the Woodsman and other special releases throughout the day, all for $6 a piece. Look for the Volume I imperial stout, Volume 2 barrel-aged old ale, Ill Repute imperial porter, Beyond the Bricks Belgian-style golden ale, the BA Late Harvest saison, Madagascar milk stout and Downfall milk stout. The party starts at noon. Admission is free.
Saturday (Jan. 17):
Come taste chili winners and raise money for a good cause. There are three categories: best meat chili, best veggie chili and best overall chili. Judging will begin at 8 p.m. Members of the public can taste the chili beginning at 9 p.m. Tasting is $5 per person, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the Salvation Army.
Join Tenacious Eats in the New Year with the 1985 classic Better Off Dead at Food Outreach. There will be "five Cusack courses and five deadly drinks." Get there early for free popcorn, live music, Super 8 films and prizes. Dinner (and the movie) begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person, available here.
"In the wintertime, it's really easy to long for those summer days outdoors -- and forget about all of the downsides of hanging al fresco in, say, July. There are the mosquitoes and the sweating and the warm drinks, just to remind you of a few of summer's problems. Ick. At Schlafly's Cabin Fever 2015, the only things you need to worry about are bringing a coat and a taste for some delicious beers, neither of which should be too difficult. Your ticket purchase grants you eighteen two-ounce beer samples -- which will all be served at a delightful temperature, mind you -- plus there will be live music to add to the festive, chill vibes in the outdoor beer garden." From noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25-$30, available here.
RISE Coffee is finally debuting its coffee truck this weekend. Come by the cafe for a grand opening celebration. Stop by between noon and 2 p.m. to check out the new truck. Grab something from the full menu of espresso drinks and drip/hand brew coffees and teas. Admission is free.
Sunday (Jan. 18):
Dave McWilliams, who won Anheuser-Busch's first-ever home brew competition, will get to see his creation, brewed at A-B's research pilot brewery. There are eight kegs to be tasted until it runs out. Sample the winning IPA on the second floor of the Budweiser Brew House at Ballpark Village from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Cleveland-Heath co-owner Jenny Cleveland will be making a delicious meal right before your eyes at the Dierbergs cooking school in Edwardsville. Enjoy cauliflower soup, winter citrus salad, roasted pork loin with creamy polenta and Brussels sprouts, plus a flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. From 1 to 3 p.m. Class is $45 per person; register here.
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