Stuff to do August 2014
Aug. 9 – 5 p.m. to midnight, 10580 Wellen Road, Aviston, Illinois, 618.228.9111, hiddenlakewinery.com
If you’re in the mood for a country drive, set your GPS to Hidden Lake Winery, just an hour or so east of St. Louis. The lovely setting plays host to Winestock, a festival with a grape stomp and a ’60s-themed costume contest. While you’re there, try Hidden Lake’s Norton, chambourcin or a number of other varietals, and dine on hot dogs, hamburgers, chili and pulled pork sandwiches while rocking to live music. Plan ahead and reserve one of the guest cabins so you can drink to the peace, music and love all night long, man.
Downtown Restaurant Week
Various locations – Aug. 11 to 17, downtownrestaurantweek.net
The 10th annual Downtown Restaurant Week promises more of what budget-conscious diners enjoy every year: a special, three-course dinner for $25. The deal will be offered at downtown eateries including Blondie’s, Hiro Asian Kitchen, Lucas Park Grille, Prime 1000, Mango and 20 more.
I Love STL: Bicrobrews Microbrewery Bicycle Tour
Aug. 16 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 4 Hands Brewing Co., 1220 S. Eighth St., St. Louis, 314.436.1324, trailnet.org
It’s called a bicrobrew: a bike tour of area microbreweries. Burn off the suds on a three-hour, 15-mile spin starting at 4 Hands Brewing Co., then making pit stops at Morgan Street, Urban Chestnut, Alpha, Square One and more. Tastings and tours will be provided at many of the breweries.
The Taste of Le Cordon Bleu
Aug. 16 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Le Cordon Bleu in St. Louis, 7898 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Peters, 636.696.4905, chefs.edu/st-louis
The inaugural Taste of Le Cordon Bleu is a day of fun at the cooking school. The event features food samples from student- and alumni-run restaurants, live cooking demonstrations by chef-instructors, kids’ activities, and the Great Cookie Bake-off, a cookie baking competition to benefit a scholarship fund.
Festival of Nations
Aug. 23 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 24 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, 314.773.9090, festivalofnationsstl.org
The International Food Court at the annual Festival of Nations is a delicious education. More than 40 ethnic food booths typically feature fare like Bosnian baklava, Polish sausage, Mexican tamales, Thai coconut drinks, Filipino kebabs, Belizean beans and rice – and American hot dogs. The International Institute’s premier event also offers a world bazaar, dance performances and lessons, a world music pavilion and athletic competitions.
Aug. 29 – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Aug. 30 – noon to 11 p.m., St. Clair Square Mall Dillard’s parking lot, Fairview Heights, Ill., 314.252.8942, midwestwingfest.com
You don’t have to feel self-conscious about making a total mess at Midwest WingFest. Everyone else is scarfing down sloppy wings at the popular Fairview Heights cook-off, featuring some 15 to 20 wing vendors. You’ll find wings in dozens of different flavors, plus festival food like pulled pork sandwiches and chili dogs. Gawk at a wing-eating contest and shimmy to live music. Funds raised support disabled veterans.