The Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival, Shake Shack’s opening, and much more: KC’s food and drink events for September 4-9

Thursday, September 6

Rub elbows with industry leaders nationwide — as well as the city’s brightest bar talents — during the annual Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday. PoP Fest includes lectures, tastings, dinners, parties, competitions and so much more. The event is geared toward those in the industry, but hobbyists will also find a lot to enjoy here. Learn more and get tickets, which range from $20-$250, at the Paris of the Plains Festival website

If you also somehow have missed the media blitz, Shake Shack on the Plaza opens today at 11 a.m. The first 100 people in line get a custom Charlie Hustle t-shirt. Among the local love at the newest of the Shake Shack stores: Boulevard, Torn Label and Crane Brewing Company beers, and a concrete that includes a whole piece of pie from Ashleigh’s Bake Shop in Westport. 

Friday, September 7

The 57th annual Greek Festival takes place Friday through Sunday at the Anunciation Greek Orthodox Church (12001 Wornall Road). Nosh on traditional Greek food and pastries, hear some ‘opa’s, watch some dancing, and go back and enjoy some more food. Admission is free. More details including hours and events is available at the festival’s website.

Saturday, September 8

Rye Leawood (10515 Mission Road) is hosting Stockyards Brewing Company for a beer tasting on the patio Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. Sample Stockyards’ lineup, including the Fox Trotter Scottish Ale, West Hef Hefeweizen, Black IPA and more, all paired with appetizers from Rye’s kitchen. On the food menu: smoked salmon on sourdough with creme fraiche, capers and a tomato-dill salad; hanger steak sliders with jalapeno-pickled onions and chimichurri; amd a tart cherry hand pie, among others. The event is $45 a person, and includes tax and gratuity. Tickets and more information are available via Brown Paper Tickets

Attend the Picnique Belgique Festival at Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Avenue). Former brewmaster at New Belgium Peter Bouckaert (who has since opened his own brewery) will be speaking at the event, which will also feature a variety of Belgian beers from a variety of makers, as well as food, including Belgian waffles from the Waffler food truck, Belgian frites, and fresh fruit pies. More information and tickets ($45) available here

Calibration Brewery (119 Armour Road) is hosting the second annual Brewfest in its backyard today from noon to 4 p.m. Each $25 ticket includes beer and goodies samples from Grain to Glass, LLC, Colony KC, Smoke Brewing Company, The Big Rip Brewing Company, Dubious Claims Brewing Co, Cinder Block Brewery, The Brewkery, and Calibration. More information and tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Spend a day with baby cows at Shatto Milk Company (9406 N Hwy 33, Osborn) for its Family Day at the Farm, which marks Shatto’s 15th year in business. Sample Shatto products, pet baby calves, tour the farm, pet baby calves, take a hayride, watch Shatto’s cheese being made, and more. The event is free. 

Sample hundreds of varieties of teas, attend workshops and learn about tea culture at the Midwest Tea Festival, which runs today and tomorrow at the Ararat Events Center (5100 Ararat Drive). Tickets are $17 for the festival; additional workshops are extra. More information and tickets are available via the event’s website

Spend the morning learning how to make your own kombucha at the Brewkery, which is hosting a homebrew class from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Each $20 ticket includes professional instruction, a tour of the brewkery, live culture to take home as well as two four-ounce pours of kombucha from the Brewkery’s taproom. Get your tickets here.

Celebrate 25 years in business with the Roasterie (1204 West 27th Street) today from 3-6 p.m. The KC Pinoy and Slaters food trucks will be on site; games, a bounce house, crafts and more will be available as well. The event is free and open to the public.

Green Dirt Farms and Union Horse Distilling Company are pairing up for a tasting today at Union Horse’s Lenexa facility (11740 West 86th Terrace). Several of Green Dirt’s award-winning sheep’s milk cheeses will be accompanied by Union Horse’s line of spirits. Representatives from both companies will be on hand to discuss how the products interact and also to give a background of their companies. Tickets are $85 and must be purchased in advance. Learn more about the event and pick up those tickets here.