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Jul 31, 2015
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Stuff to do July 2015

Soulard Bastille Days
July 10 – 5 p.m., Howards in Soulard, 2732 S. 13th St., St. Louis; July 12 – 6 p.m., Franco, 1535 S. Eighth St.,
St. Louis, soulard.org
Dress in your peasant best, bring your anti-monarchy signs and celebrate Bastille Day. Friday’s Gathering of the Mob will meet at Howards and begin a parade march/pub crawl to six other Soulard watering holes, ending in Pontiac Square Park for the (bloodless) beheading of the French king and queen. Sunday’s festivities feature the Bastille en Vogue fashion show, which will showcase whimsical period fashion, and plenty of fine French fare from Franco, including a savory tarte flambé, palmier with prosciutto, gougères and assorted petit fours.

Local Social
July 10 – 6 to 9 p.m., participating locations, 314.454.0788, 
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood – especially in the Central West End. Take in local flavor as restaurants and shops offer games, specials and refreshments every second Friday of the month through September. Past festivities have included drink specials and pork steak dinners at Kopperman’s Deli, summery discounted cocktails at Sub Zero Vodka Bar and free tea samples and cookies at MaryAnn’s Tea Room. Stroll down the streets and discover the fun and flavors in store this month.

Festival of the
Flying Pig
July 12 – noon to 6 p.m., Mathew’s Kitchen, 5625 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, 314.351.1700, mathewskitchenstl.com
Pigs will fly (allegedly) on the parking lot at Mathew’s Kitchen in St. Louis Hills. Chef-owner Mathew Unger will serve up eight varieties of his famous pig wings: pieces of braised pork shank flash-fried and doused in one of eight sauces, including original, sweet Thai chile, spicy garlic chile and teriyaki. Pulled pork sandwiches will also be available for purchase, and the 21-and-older crowd can cool down with Urban Chestnut beer. This family- and pet-friendly event will also feature games and prizes.

Cocktails & Conversation: Food as Community
July 23 – 6 to 7:30 p.m., Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills, 314.615.5278,
Learn and sip at the July installment of Laumeier Sculpture Park’s educational series. Nutritionist-in-residence Marjorie Sawicki will lead an exploration into the transformative power of food and will discuss the sustainable food movement and its effects on the St. Louis community. Enjoy wine and Schlafly beer, then stroll the park and take in the art.

Grafton Winery Wine Pairing Dinner
July 23 – 7:15 to 9 p.m., Grafton Winery, 300 W. Main St., Grafton, Illinois, 618.786.3001, thegraftonwinery.com
A taste of the Mediterranean comes to the Mississippi River at this five-course wine dinner. Start with a caprese salad and Grafton’s cabernet sauvignon, then enjoy paella served with a pinot noir and complete your meal with kanafa, a gooey cheese pastry, served with pinot gris.

Berries and BarBQ Wine Trail
July 25 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 26 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hermann, 800.932.8687, hermannwinetrail.com
Summer berries meet barbecue when seven Hermann-area wineries serve up delicious grilled fare for wine and meat lovers alike. Adam Puchta Winery will pair a special Vignoles margarita with savory smoked carnitas, while Hermanhoff Winery will dish out grilled chicken wings doused in balsamic barbecue sauce and paired with its White Lady wine. Purchase your ticket online, then start the tour at any of the wineries, but don’t forget to pick up your souvenir wine glass at your first stop.


Check out the events we are sponsoring...

Art Hill Film Series: The Sound of Music

July 31 - 6 to 11 p.m.
Art Hill, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis

Enjoy dinner and a movie at the Art Hill Film Series presented by the Saint Louis Art Museum. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with music and food trucks like Revel Kitchen, Taco Truck STL and and Wayno’s Mobile International Cuisine. Then grab your spot on Art Hill for the free film screening of "The Sound of Music" at 9 p.m.

St. Louis Craft Beer Week

July 25 to Aug. 2
Multiple locations

Celebrate St. Louis' favorite beverage during St. Louis Craft Beer Week, nine days celebrating The Lou's sudsy history. Events include beer release parties, tap takeovers, beer pairing events and the 2015 Midwest Belgian Beer Festival, featuring more than 40 breweries sampling Belgian-style beers and Completely Sauced food truck. It all culminates at the annual Schurcipefones Festival, a block party with unlimited samplings of special release beers from Urban Chestnut, 2nd Shift, Civil Life and more.

Downtown Restaurant Week

Aug. 3 to 9
Participating restaurants

Enjoy a night on the town during Downtown Restaurant Week. Partake in an old favorite or try a new, up-and-coming restaurant. For $25, you get a three-course meal from 400 Olive, Alumni St. Louis, Budweiser Brew House or 21 other downtown eateries.

Food Truck Friday

Aug. 14 – 4 to 8 p.m.
Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave.,
St. Louis

More than 20 food trucks plan to park it at Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Friday, including Chop Shop, Bombay Food Junkies and The Fire & Ice Cream Truck. Grab local brews from Urban Chestnut and 4 Hands and stop by the Sauce tent to purchase Speed Passes, which enable holders to use expedited lines for ordering. Come early and bring lawn chairs, blankets, kids and dogs and enjoy the sounds of The Bottoms Up Blues Gang.

Rise Up Festival

Aug. 21 – 4 to 11 p.m.,
1627 Washington Ave., St. Louis

Head downtown to the Rise Up Festival, an outdoor event showcasing 15 area artists and crafters and 10 downtown area eateries. While you snack, enjoy beer from Urban Chestnut, live music from Dirty Muggs and performances from Circus Kaput.

Alton Food Truck Festival

Aug. 29 – 4 to 8 p.m.,
Liberty Bank Amphitheater,
1 Riverfront Drive, Alton, Illinois

Nearly 20 food trucks are cruising over the Mississippi River to the Alton Food Truck Festival. Head down to the Liberty Bank Amphitheater to nosh on street eats from mobile eateries like Revel Kitchen, Twyford’s BBQ & Catering and Smokin’ Monkey and enjoy live music from The Jumbo Shrimp Band and St. Louis bluesman Marquis Knox. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for an afternoon of delicious food along the river.

Midtown Farmers Market

Saturdays – 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,
6655 Delmar Blvd., University City

Summer’s bounty is at its peak this month at Midtown Farmers Market. Pick up organic apples from Red Hawk Acres, ground cherries and organic artichokes from Biver Farms and peaches from Pasheek Produce. Save the date for the Watermelon Festival Aug. 15, featuring melon-themed crafts for kids and a seed-spitting contest.

Tower Grove Farmers Market

Saturdays – 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tower Grove Park,
4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis

Shop local and enjoy the pick of summer produce at Tower Grove Farmers Market. Among the 50 vendors, look for eggs from Live Springs Farm, a peck of peppers from Buila Family Farms and fresh-cut flowers to brighten your day from Urban Buds. Arrive early to join in a free yoga session.

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