Fall festivals—of the Waldo, Lost Township, and Oktober varieties—and more to do this week
KC's best food and drink events for September 16-22.
Monday, September 16
Fill your bellies with half-price (yes, half price!) pizza during The Pitch’s Pizza Week, which starts today and runs through Sunday. To snag this deal, stop in at Alamo Drafthouse, Bar Central, Crushed Red, Joe’s Pizza Buy the Slice, Old Shawnee Pizza, Pizza Shuttle, Rosati’s Pizza, and Zios Pizza. More info here.
Tuesday, September 17
The Elms Hotel & Spa (401 Regent Street, Excelsior Springs) is partnering with Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery for a six-course “wine and dine” event that begins at 6:30 p.m. Courses include butter-poached lobster served with crisp vegetables and a lemon-dill aioli, smoked duck breast with roasted squash and raddichio salad, and braised oxtail stew with potatoes and celery hearts. Tickets are $100 a person, including tax and gratuity. Learn more and pick up tickets here.
Thursday, September 19
Bluestem (900 Westport Road) is hosting a special happy hour tonight from 4-7 p.m. featuring natural Austrian wines. The event will be posted by wine expert Carlo Huber, who’ll guide guests through three unique wines from Eschenhof Holzer, a fifth-generation Austrian winemaker. Featured wines are $8 per glass, and bar food menu items will be available.
Saturday, September 21
Perhaps the city’s greatest beer festival, Crane Brewing Company‘s Festival of the Lost Township, today hosts brewers from around the region and the country, in addition to wineries, kombucha makers, coffee roasters, bakers, and makers of all sorts. Part of what makes this festival stand out is that it is an invitation-only event for brewers, which means that breweries must have a representative on site (but which also means most breweries send the good stuff, much of which is not available in stores or at other beer festivals). Among the breweries that will be on hand in addition to basically every local operation: Crooked Stave, Ebb & Flow Fermentations, Narrow Gauge, Twisted Hippo, Prairie Artisan Ales, and many more.
Food trucks and vendors including Harp Barbecue, Indios Carbonsitos, Luna Melt, Sticklefrites, and more will also be on site. Tickets are $45 a person for general admission, or $65 a person for VIP. 100 percent of the proceeds from Festival of the Lost Township will benefit Three Trails Kiwanis of Raytown, a chapter of the international charity, which is largely oriented toward the needs of children. More information and tickets are available via the festival’s website.
The Waldo Fall Festival (75th Street and Wornall Road) also takes place today, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids’ rides, face painting, general carnival-y stuff, and live music are features of the party. Lots of food trucks will also be on site, including Polar Oasis, Betty Rae’s Ice Cream, Jerusalem Cafe, Russell Stover, Taco Republic, and The Melt Truck.
It’s a good day for a festival, apparently. You can also head down to the Crossroads for Brewery Emperial Oktoberfest, which will be live from 11 a.m. to midnight at 1829 Oak Street. Lots of beer, games, music, contests, live music and Okotberfest-themed food specials will be available all day. Special to the event is Brewery Emperial’s Oktoberfest lager. Tickets start at $20 apiece; reserve early to get a special-edition, 32-ounce stein with your purchase.
Another Oktoberfest option takes place at the Soccer Lot (2525 Jefferson Street) and is hosted by Martin City Brewing Company. This one runs from 5–9 p.m. and features beer from Martin City Brewing Company, Boulevard Fling Cocktails, and wine. The event also boasts a buffet spread by Local Pig that includes grilled bratwursts and sausages soaked in beer and onions, giant soft pretzels with specialty mustards, pickled red cabbage and apple salad, sauerkraut, potato salad, hot dogs and more. Tickets start at $25 a person.