A Lawrence block party, collaboration dinners, and more: KC’s food and drink events for August 6-12

Monday, August 6

Tickets for the third annual Oktoberfest, organized by KC Bier Company, go on sale today. The event, which takes place on October 5-6, drew 10,000 attendees last year to Union Station (30 West Pershing Road). Oktoberfest this year means KC Bier Company beer, German and Austrian wine, German food including sausages, pretzels and schnitzel from KC Bier Company and Grünauer, a games area organized by Chicken and Pickle, live music and much more. Tickets run from $7 for general admission to $225 for an enhanced experience that includes reserved tables, beer tickets and more. Visit kcoktoberfest.com for more information and to buy tickets.

Summer school can be fun if it’s at BLVD Tours and Rec Center (2534 Madison Avenue). Tonight’s class, taught by Boulevard’s certified Cicerone, focuses on how yeast and water affect the flavor and nature of beer. Each $15 ticket includes the interactive lecture, plus a flight of beers. More information and tickets are available here.

Tuesday, August 7

Scott Harris, founder of Virginia’s Catocin Creek Distillery, will be on hand at Rye Plaza (4646 JC Nichols Parkway) today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Harris will be available for questions and conversation. Cocktails made with Catocin Creek products and crafted by Rye mixologist Andrew Olson will be available for purchase, along with suggested appetizers. 

Thursday, August 9

Cider drinkers are usually given little more than scraps at most breweries, but tonight Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue) is dedicating a night to fans of the fruit-based beverage. From 4 to 9 p.m., guests can sample from four of Cinder Block’s cider creations: Black Squirrel, Moscow Mule, Blueberry and Raspberry, as well as two cider cocktails. Specials run until the taps are dry.

Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard) is hosting a 31 Heroes keg tapping today beginning at 3 p.m., with proceeds going to T.A.P.S., the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. 31 Heroes is Torn Label Brewing Company‘s wheat IPA; it’s brewed in tribute to 31 military service members (some with family members living in Kansas City) that died in a helicopter crash in 2011.

Up in Liberty, True816 Hospitality Management is hosting a collaboration dinner at Conrad’s Restaurant and Ale House (210 North State Route 291) featuring proteins from Barham Family Farm and beers from Piney River Brewing Company and Bur Oak Brewing Company. One sample course: duck eggs from Barham Family Farm served three ways (ingredients include sea scallops, lardons, adobo spices and chorizo). The meal is $45 (not including gratuity and and other various Eventbrite fees). Those tickets, along with more information, are available here.

Friday, August 10

This year marks the ninth year that Lawrence’s Sandbar (17 East 8th Street) is hosting its birthday block party. The event, which begins Friday evening at 5 p.m., features an outdoor beer garden, live music and food from Sandbar Subs.

Sunday, August 12

Chefs Katee McLean (Krokstrom Klubb & Market),  Anourom Thomson (Anousone’s Mobile Cuisine) and Carlos Mortera (the Bite) are teaming up tonight for a family-style barn dinner at Powell Gardens (1609 NW US HWY 50, Kingsville). The recipes are to be based around each chef’s heritage — Swedish, Laotian and Mexican, respectively. The event begins at 5 p.m. with cocktails in the Heartland Heritage Garden (from which some of the food for the meal is sourced), before moving on to the Powell Gardens barn for the entrees and dessert. Tickets are $75 a person, and can be purchased via Powell Gardens’ website