The Country Brunch and Bloody Mary Smackdown, plus Meyer Fest, Oktoberfest and more October 2-8 food events
Tuesday, October 3
Wine-loving night owls should venture to Tannin Wine Bar (1526 Walnut) at 10 tonight for a free late-night wine tasting featuring wines from South Africa’s premier wine region, Stellenbosch. Francois Haasbroeck, owner of Blackwater Wines, is hosting the event.
Friday, October 6
The Oktoberfests continue with a two-day party a the Bowery, a large event space in Spring Hill (20559 South Lone Elm Road). On offer here: Oktoberfest-inspired beers including Boulevard Oktoberfest and Free State Festbier, games and crafts for kids, campfires, giant Jenga, beer cheese with pretzels, live music and more beer. The party begins at noon both Friday and Saturday, and admission is free.
If you’d rather be in the Crossroads for First Friday, pop in to Affäre (1911 Main) between 4 and 11 p.m. to try the Imperial Märzen, a collaboration between Cinder Block Brewing Company and Restless Spirits Distilling Company. The beer was aged for 14 months inside of one of Restless Spirits’ Stone Breaker whiskey barrels, and is only available for one night at this location.
Saturday, October 7
Eat cookies for a good cause today at a bake sale for No Kid Hungry. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Commerce Bank green space (6336 Brookside Boulevard). Dozens of professional bakers, cooks and caterers, along with individual participants, have cooked up a vast range of cakes, pies, cookies and other treats. All proceeds go toward providing meals to low-income children.
Brewery Emperial (1829 Oak) is hosting its very first Oktoberfest today beginning at 11 a.m., complete with live music, a specialty menu and, of course, beer. You don’t have to buy tickets ahead of time, but advance ticketholders will receive a commemorative BE stein and can skip the line. More info and tickets via Eventbrite.
Meyer Fest (815 East Meyer Boulevard) provides another daylong party, including a kids’ carnival from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., complete with bounce houses, face painting and other child-friendly activities. From 6 to 11 p.m., the party becomes more adult-oriented, featuring performances by the Zeroes and Perpetual Change. Food trucks and beverages (boozy and booze-free) will be available during both the kids’ carnival as well as the block party. A $15 ticket secures entry all day. More information and tickets can be found via Eventbrite.
Sunday, October 8
The second of the weekend’s No Kid Hungry fundraisers, the Country Brunch and Bloody Mary Smackdown, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at The Guild (1621 Locust). A slew of the city’s best and most well-known chefs (including Howard Hanna, Patrick Ryan, Katee McLean, Michael Smith, John C. Smith and many more) and bar professionals (Laura Wagner, Kenny Cohrs, Zac Snyder, Chris Young, and more) will be offering a variety of “brunch bites” and cocktails to go alongside the bagels and baked goods from Meshuggah Bagels, Dolce Bakery and more. As with the bake sale, all proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry. For more information and to buy tickets (which start at $85), visit No Kid Hungry’s website.
To mark the release of Founders’ Breakfast Stout, Screenland Tapcade (1701 McGee) is going for a triple a.m. play: watch The Breakfast Club, eat breakfast and sip Breakfast Stout. Tickets to the movie are $10; food and drink are sold separately. Pick up tickets here.