Weston Applefest, KC Bier Company’s Oktoberfest, the Kaw Valley Farm Tour, and more: KC’s food and drink events for October 1-7

Tuesday, October 2

Chefs Nick Goellner (the Antler Room) and Romain Monnoyeur (Westport Cafe & Bar) are collaborating tonight for a four-course, French-inspired meal at Westport Cafe & Bar (419 Westport Road), with wines selected by Leslie Goellner (also of the Antler Room). The meal is $65 a person, with wine pairings available for an additional $30 (tips and gratuity not included). Seatings are available at 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. via Open Table.  

Down at The Rieger (1924 Main Street), they’re collaborating with Torn Label Brewing Company for a three-course beer dinner featuring dishes prepared by chef Howard Hanna and his team. The meal is $60 a person, not including tax or gratuity. Seatings are available beginning at 6:30 p.m.; make reservations via Tock.

Visit Hogshead KC (4743 Pennsylvania Avenue) for Nashville Hot Chicken night, which runs tonight from 5 to 11 p.m. Half chickens, served with KC Canning Co. Hops Pickles and Wonder Bread, are $24; whole chickens are $36.

Wednesday, October 3

Celebrate all things beet with a collaboration dinner between Krokstrom Klubb & Market and Crane Brewing Company. Included in the meal, which is at Krokstrom (3601 Broadway), are five beet-centric courses paired with cocktails and beers (including its seasonal Beet Weiss). The meal (menu to be announced) is $75 a person, and does not include tax or tip, though it does include a bottle of Crane’s Beet Weiss to take home. Call 816-599-7531 or visit Krokstrom’s website for reservations. Seatings are available from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Napa winemaker Jill Matthiasson of Matthiasson Winery is the guest of honor at tonight’s five-course wine dinner at Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen (1526 Walnut Street). The meal, which includes oyster, duck, and oxtail dishes, also features mini-verticals of Matthiason’s wines. The meal is $110 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 816-842-2660 or email barryt@tanninwinebar.com for reservations.  

Friday, October 5

If you haven’t yet had your fill of Oktoberfest parties, the big dog of all KC Oktoberfests takes place this weekend (Friday from 5-11 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) at Crown Center (2450 Grand). The event this year is organized by KC Bier Company, and there’s a lot going on: German food (Bavarian sausages, pretzels, roasted chickens and schweinshaxe), beer aplenty (KC Bier Co’s Festbier is the official brew of the fest), German and Alsatian wines, and German music. Chicken N Pickle is organizing the outdoor games (giant Connect Four, bags, etc.) as well as competitions like keg rolling, heavy hammer strikes, and stein hoisting. Carnival rides and even axe throwing will also be available (though we suggest doing your axe throwing before you’ve had your beers). More tickets and information is available at via the event’s website.  

Saturday, October 6

Visit up to 33 locally owned family farms during this weekend’s Kaw Valley Farm Tour (Lawrence area). The farms represented on the tour encompass a lot of what makes agriculture in our area great. You can meet alpacas, chickens, and horses. You can sniff some lavender in nurseries and greenhouses. And, of course, you can chat with our area’s farmers. Tickets are just $10 for a carload and are good both Saturday and Sunday. Read up on the farms involved and get your tickets through the Kaw Valley Farm Tour’s website

Also today, Urbavore Urban Farm (5500 Bennington) is opening up for a tour and potluck starting at 5 p.m. They’re calling it “Hogs at Sunset.” Meet Urbavore’s pastured hogs and baby chicks, and tour their earth-bermed home as well as the crops. The event is free, but since it’s a potluck, guests are encouraged to bring dishes to share.

The 30th Annual Weston Applefest takes place this weekend on Main Street in Weston. The fest, which essentially takes over the town for the weekend, features all things apple: apple butter, pies, cider, caramel-coated, and so on. The streets are also lined with food and drink purveyors, crafters, artists and farmers.