Fourth of July parties, Farm to Market turns 25, and more: KC’s food and drink events for July 2-8

Monday, July 2

Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue) is helping fans prep for this week’s holiday with its first-ever seasonal can release, which begins at 4 p.m. today. For the first time ever, the brewery will be selling 16-ounce cans of Hop Cuddle (NE IPA),
Cerveza De Verano (Mexican lager with lime), Hop Maven 11, and Tropical IPA (made with pink guava, grapefruit, and blood orange). Sales are limited to two four-packs of each variety per customer.  

If Monday just isn’t conducive to cooking or going out, try the new Chicken Monday takeout special at Taco Republic (500 County Line Road). For $15.95, take home a whole wood-fired chicken, tortillas, beans, and rice. Call in your order at 913-262-8226 or order online at

Wednesday, July 4

TerraVox (19310 Northwest Farley Hampton Road) has made its name making use of native American grapes; today, from 2-5 p.m., it is sharing a rare reserve wine made with one of its favorites: the America grape, originally bred by Texas horticulturist T.V. Munson. Each $30 ticket to the event includes a pour of the 2017 America, plus snacks and a full tour of the winery. Get tickets and learn more at Eventbrite.        

Attention competitive eaters, there’s a hot-dog-eating contest at HopCat (401 Westport Road), which begins at 3 p.m. (registration must occur by 2 p.m.; you can register for free in advance here). First place takes home a $50 HopCat gift card a swag basket from PBR; $25 and $10 gift cards await 2nd and 3rd place finishers. For those with less intestinal fortitude, a combo is available featuring a hot dog, crack fries, and a PBR for $8 (available all day long). 

With views of the fireworks at Berkley Riverfront Park, Big Rip Brewing Company (216 East 9th Avenue) is a good option for the 4th; its doors open for the holiday at 4 p.m. Hawg Jaw Que and Brew will be providing food; root beer floats will be available for kids and the movie The Sandlot will be on repeat. Cover is $2. 

Novel (1927 McGee Street) will be hosting a patio party today from 2 to 6 p.m. All-you-can-eat food and drinks are on offer for $35 a person; the menu includes oysters on the half shell, lemongrass beef brisket, crispy pulled pork belly, twice-baked potato salad, eight-layer dip, kimchi coleslaw, four-bean salad, beer battered deviled eggs, ice cream sandwiches and fruit cobbler. The event is currently sold out; call 816.221.0785 to inquire about wait list availability.

Thursday, July 5

Grain to Glass (1611 North Swift Avenue) is offering rich beer floats made with Piney River’s Raise a Ruckus today from 5 to 7 p.m. The floats are made with the rich, dark beer, vanilla ice cream and Askenosie chocolate. The stout floats are available for $10. 

Friday, July 6

Peach bellini slushies will be available all weekend at KC Wine Company (13875 Gardner Road) during its summer Peach Party. The party also features food trucks, lawn games, and live music, Friday through Sunday, open to close. Admission is free. 

Farm to Market Bread Company (100 East 20th Street) is celebrating turning 25 years old with a food truck party during this month’s First Friday activities. Participating trucks include  El Tenedor KC, Beauty of the Bistro, Magnolia’s On The Move, Crave KC, and Cirque du Sucre (try their macaron ice cream sandwiches). 

Saturday, July 7

Learn new ways to cook with fresh herbs with a free seminar at Colonial Gardens (27610 East Wyatt Road, Blue Springs). The class runs from 10-11:30 a.m., and includes the demonstration as well as samples.