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Oct 25, 2014
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Stuff to do October 2014

Pumpkin Jamboree
Weekends through Oct. 26 – times vary, Eckert’s farms in Belleville, Grafton and Millstadt, Illinois, 618.233.0513, eckerts.com

Give those pumpkin-smashing teens something to work with from Eckert’s farms just across the river, where the pumpkins range from several pounds to a whopping 150. Every Saturday and Sunday in October, Pumpkin Jamborees at all three locations feature wagon rides, music, festival foods, a petting farm and of course, the pumpkin patch.

Grove Fest
Oct. 4 – 2 to 10 p.m., Manchester Avenue between Tower Grove Boulevard and Sarah Street, 314.535.5311, grovefeststl.com

Grove restaurants, represent! Food vendors at this year’s Grove Fest include Atomic Cowboy, The Sandwich Shop at The Gramophone, HandleBar, Just John, O’Shay’s Pub, Rehab, Rise Coffee House (dubting its new coffee truck), Sameem Afghan Restaurant, Siam and Taha’a Twisted Tiki. People are also licking their lips in anticipation of a one-day-only Urban Chestnut beer: Honey Grove, a Vienna honey lager.

Augusta Bottoms Beer Fest
Oct. 11 – 1 to 5 p.m., Augusta Brewing Co., 5221 Water St., Augusta, 636.482.2337, Facebook: Augusta Bottoms Beer Fest

This 12th annual microbrew celebration in picturesque Augusta offers samples from some three dozen Missouri outfits, including Buckner Brewing, The Civil Life, Heavy Riff, Prison Brews, 2nd Shift, Schlafly and Six Row. Guests enjoy the live music and take home a commemorative glass. Tickets available online or at the door.

Taste of Trucktober
Oct. 18 – 3 to 8 p.m., Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield, 636.812.9500, trucktoberstl.com

The organizers of Taste of Trucktober are hoping to stage a massive 40-truck gathering of mobile eateries. Even if they don’t meet that ambitious goal, there will surely be plenty of trucks in attendance, including Harvest Xpress, The Cheese Shack, Sarah’s Cake Stop and La Tejana Taqueria. Beer and wine sales are also available. Buy a book of food tickets at the event.

Brew in the Lou
Oct. 18 – 1 to 5 p.m., Koburg Hall at Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, Clayton, 314.268.1525, lesastl.org

Beer, spirits, wine, coffee and food will be sampled liberally at the Brew in the Lou benefit. Vendors will offer treats by Blue Moon, BBQ ASAP, Charleville Brewing, Excel Brewing, Gobble Stop Smokehouse, Kaldi’s Coffee, Menrath Wines, Morgan Street Brewery, Pinckney Bend Distillery, Stringbean Coffee, Swiss Meat & Sausage Co., Wood Hat Distillery and many more. Proceeds raised at this event for the Lutheran Elementary School Association will be matched 4-to-1 by grants. Tickets available online.

Kirkwood Halloween Walk
Oct. 30 – 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Kirkwood, 314.822.0084, downtownkirkwood.com

If your kids can’t get enough candy this Halloween, consider the Halloween Walk through downtown Kirkwood. Businesses including Amigo’s Cantina, Billy G’s, 5 Star Burgers, McArthur’s Bakery, Mike Duffy’s Pub & Grill and Spencer’s Grill will hand out candy Oct. 30, so kids can go trick-or-treating two days in a row.


Check out the events we are sponsoring...

Schlafly Farmers Market

Wednesdays through October – 4 to 7 p.m.,
Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood

Wednesday evenings, part of the Schlafly Bottleworks parking lot transforms into a farmers market brimming with meat, eggs, produce, herbs, baked goods and more. Dozens of vendors are on rotation, including Cool Cow Cheese, Ozark Forest Mushrooms and Black Bear Bakery. New this season: cooking demos by local chefs every third Wednesday of the month.

Cupcake Wars

Nov. 6 – 7 to 9:30 p.m.
UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive St., St. Louis

Join St. Louis Public Radio and local bakeries The Sweet Divine, Sarah’s Cake Stop and Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop for a decadent dessert battle at Cupcake Wars, part of the Mosby Building Arts Kitchen Sink Series. Taste your way through four entries from each bakery and vote for your favorite to take the grand prize. Then chat with the pastry chefs during a Q&A session about trends in the local baking scene.

Feast of Nations

Nov. 12 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Locations vary

Take your palate to a faraway place at the Feast of Nations, hosted by the International Institute St. Louis. Participating restaurants like Aya Sofia, Baida, Cleveland-Heath, HandleBar, Mango, Sameem and Yemanja Brasil have donated to IISTL’s programs, and in exchange, a representative will be at the restaurants to explain the nonprofit’s mission.

Green Ball 2014

Nov. 14 – 7 to 11 p.m.
Moonrise Hotel, 6177 Delmar Blvd.,
St. Louis

Celebrate all things green at Missouri Botanical Garden’s Green Ball. Dig into locally sourced edibles alongside craft cocktails, beers and wine at the open bar. Enjoy a Green Fashion Contest featuring reused items, a raffle and silent auction. Creative green attire (from the color green to vintage or upcycled costumes) is encouraged.

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series: Michael Ruhlman

Nov. 19 – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Restaurant at The Cheshire, 7036 Clayton Ave., St. Louis

Food writer Michael Ruhlman is back with a new cookbook, How to Roast, and he’s sharing it with St. Louis at this installment of the Sauce Celebrity Chef Series. Chat with Ruhlman over cocktails before sitting down to a five-course collaboration dinner prepared by Ruhlman and Rex Hale, executive chef at The Restaurant at The Cheshire, then prep your questions for a Q&A session about his career and book.

Whiskey in the Winter

Nov. 22 – 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Downtown 4th floor ballroom, 315 Chestnut St. St. Louis

Warm up this winter while sipping on more than 200 whiskeys and cocktails at Whiskey in the Winter. This annual event features single malt and blended Scotch, bourbon, Irish, Tennessee, Canadian, Missouri, Japanese and international whiskeys, as well as educational opportunities, guest speakers and food stations. Tickets available online.

Midtown Farmers Market

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

Grab your tote bag each Saturday morning and stuff it with produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, pantry perks and more from local farmers and artisans. Recent vendors on rotation have included Eilerman Bros. Orchards, Elixir Farm, Midwest Lamb and all-natural popsicle peddler Native Pops.

Wine & Dine with Sauce Magazine

Dec. 5 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dierbergs, 1080 Lindeman Road, Des Peres

Join Sauce executive editor Ligaya Figueras, art director Meera Nagarajan and wine writer Glenn Bardgett as they host a cooking class featuring holiday recipes and drinks. Plus, get the scoop on the newest restaurant openings and the latest trends. Register online.

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