Port Fonda’s Hatch Chile Festival, Irish Fest, Labor Day parties, and more: KC’s food and drink events for August 27-September 2

Tuesday, August 28

A collaborative sour beer-themed dinner takes place tonight as Novel (1927 McGee Street) teams up with Boulevard Brewing Company. The five-course meal, which will be hosted by Boulevard ambassador (and Best of KC nominee for best twitter personality) Jeremy Danner, includes sour beers from Boulevard’s lineup, as well as a welcome cocktail. Among the courses: Saison Brett sourdough bread is served with chicken liver mousse peach-ginger relish (with a glass of Saison Brett), and Peking duck breast
is served over a duck neck-foie gras manicotti with basil and plum sauce (with Changeling Dark Sour Ale). There are multiple seatings, and the meal is $55 a person, not including tax or tip. Call 816-221-0785 for reservations.

Wednesday, August 29

The Zum Bar Soap factory (3125 Wyandotte Street) is inviting guests to a “sip and whiff” today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take in a smell of Zum’s line of soaps and the ingredients that go into making them while enjoying complimentary spicy Bloody Marys. 

Friday, August 31

Tonight marks the last rooftop movie night of the summer at Parker at the Fontaine (901 West 48th Place). They’re showing Black Panther, and Black Panther-themed food and drink will be available throughout the screening. No advance tickets or reservations are required. The event runs from 9 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, September 1

Port Fonda (4141 Pennsylvania Avenue) is hosting its third annual Hatch Chile Festival block party, featuring food and drink made with New Mexico green chiles. From 9 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, Hatch green chile will be roasted on site, and attendees can sample specialty cocktails (green chile margarita, green chile bloody maria verde, green chile vodka lemonades and green chile verde micheladas), as well as food specials (green chile poppers and taquitos, burritos smothered in green chile sauce and much more). Cutomers can also purchase chile to go. There will also be live music all day. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

[Editorial sigh, pushes up eyeglasses glasses] As a native New Mexican, I feel a duty to my home state’s culinary calling card to note that Hatch chile in itself is not a thing. The pepper is known as the New Mexico green chile. Hatch is a place that has marketed itself well as a home to New Mexico green chile growers, but it is not the only place where the chile comes from. Thank you for listening. Also, I still love that Port Fonda does this.)

The inaugural Coffee and Donut Festival is happening at the Overland Park Convention Center (6000 College Boulevard). With the exception of the Roasterie, it’s not clear who all the vendors are, but promised events at the festival include a donut-eating contest, jelly donut wrestling, a donut queen competition, games, and prizes. Kids 5 and under get in for free, and other tickets range from $5 (small kids) to $35 (VIP tickets). Learn more via Eventbrite

Kansas City’s Irish Fest takes place once again this year from Friday through Sunday at Crown Center Plaza (Grand Boulevard and Pershing Road). Get in on live music, crafts/shopping, whiskey tastings, geneaology booths, and food trucks and booths (both Irish and not). There are a wide range of experiences to be had throughout the weekend, including a big Sunday brunch. Learn more and purchase your tickets through the Irish Festival’s website

Monday, September 3

Extend your weekend with brunch today at Summit Grill (520 West 75th Street). Typically reserved for weekends, full brunch service will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

Another big event this week at Novel (1927 McGee Street): the annual Labor Day party, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. On offer: bottomless beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as family-style servings of oysters on the half shell, salt and pepper spare ribs, smoked cheddar and jalapeno beef sausage, potato salad with black bean aioli, and much more. Tickets are $35 and are available via Eventbrite; act quickly — this event sells out.