Irish Fest, SantaCaliGon Days, the Port Fonda Hatch Chile Festival, and more to do this week
KC's best food and drink events for August 26–September 1.
Monday, August 26
Waldo Thai (8431 Wornall Road) is welcoming customers for a family-style, multi-course, northern Thai-inspired meal featuring rum cocktails designed by bartender Darrell Loo. Call the restaurant at 816-605-1188 for details and to make reservations.
It is also National Dog Day, and there’s likely no better place to celebrate than Bar K Dog Bar (501 Berkley Parkway). Enjoy food and drink specials, plus bonus treats for pups from a specialty pup ice cream cart, Beer Paws, Three Dog Bakery, and Treats Unleashed. A dog photographer and caricaturist will also be on hand. The party runs from 4–10 p.m.
Tuesday, August 27
Head to the Rieger (1924 Main Street) for a rare, one-off beer dinner featuring sour beers from Boulevard Brewing Company. Chef Howard Hanna and his team will be preparing five courses designed to pair with Boulevard’s Love Child No. 10, Smooth Fuzz, Lickable Wallpaper, and Saison Brett 2017. The meal is $60 a person, not including fees or gratuity. Reserve your spot here.
Thursday, August 29
Get in for the latest dinner in the Fork and Bottle Series at Parker at the Fontaine (901 West 48th Place), the rooftop restaurant at the Fontaine hotel on the Plaza. This two appetizer, three-course meal features wines from Aubrey Vineyards, a winery based in Johnson County, Kansas. The meal is $50 a person, not including tax or gratuity. Special pricing for couples is available by calling the restaurant at 913-260-2228. Learn more here.
Friday, August 30
Kansas City’s Irish Fest is back Friday through Sunday at Crown Center Plaza (Grand Boulevard and Pershing Road). Get in on live music, crafts, shopping, whiskey tastings, genealogy booths, and food from O’Dowds Little Dublin, Scimeca’s Italian Sausage & Lemonade, Sheridans Frozen Custard, Street Wings, Moose Truck, and the Dubliner, among others. There’s also a big Sunday brunch. Learn more and purchase your tickets via the festival’s website.
Root beer-chugging and ice cream-eating contests are just two of the food-related experiences you can have during SantaCaliGon Days, held at Independence Square. The three-day festival is a big one, with hundreds of food and craft vendors, live music, craft/DIY demonstrations, a big antique fire truck display, and more. This is a free festival; learn more via the SantaCaliGon Days website.
Saturday, August 31
Strawberry Hill’s Mockingbird Lounge (204 Orchard Street) is welcoming folks in for a special customer appreciation pig roast luau, which starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m. Come enjoy one of Mockingbird’s specialty tiki cocktails and then dive in to some complimentary pork and pineapple salsa tacos. Live music starts at 8 p.m.
Port Fonda (4141 Pennsylvania Avenue) hosts its fourth annual Hatch Chile Festival block party, featuring food and drink made with New Mexico green chiles. From 9 a.m. Saturday to midnight, green chile will be roasted on site, and attendees can sample specialty cocktails—a few examples: green chile margarita, green chile bloody maria verde, green chile vodka lemonades, and green chile verde micheladas—as well as food specials, like green chile poppers and taquitos, and burritos smothered in green chile sauce. Customers can also purchase chile to go. There will be live music all day. No tickets or reservations are necessary; just head to Wesport.