Stuff to do August 2015
Alpha Brewing Co. Beer Dinner
Aug. 10 – 6 p.m., Hiro Asian Kitchen, 1405 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314.241.4476, hiroasiankitchen.com
Alpha Brewing Co. teams up with Hiro Asian Kitchen for an evening of five Asian fusion courses paired with brews. Korean fried chicken and an American Kellerbier start the evening, followed by a Tokyo-inspired hot dog paired with Alpha’s Game Day Red. Look also for Thai mussels matched with a sour saison and a char sui pork belly banh mi served with an Olympic IPA. Tickets available online.
Cajun Beer Garden at Pere Marquette
Aug. 16 – noon to 4 p.m., Pere Marquette Lodge, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton, Illinois, 618.786.2331 x0, pmlodge.net
Let the good times roll when Pere Marquette Lodge hosts a Southern-style summer party. Music from The Creole Playboys serves as the festive backdrop for the main event: a traditional crawfish boil. Feast on spiced corn, potatoes and crawfish and cool off with Louisiana-born Abita beers in a special Biergarten. Two additional full bars will serve other beers, wine and cocktails. Reservations are not required, but bring a blanket or chairs in case the patio fills up.
Aug. 21 – 6 to 11 p.m. and Aug. 22 – 1 to 11 p.m., Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314.621.8811, broadwayoysterbar.com
No matter how you stuff it, po’boys are an iconic Louisiana sandwich, and Broadway Oyster Bar is celebrating them with a festival. At least 11 po’boys will be available to choose from, including the oysters Rockefeller prepared with fried oysters, bacon, spinach cream sauce and Parmesan aioli. The Thanksgiving po’boy will make a summer appearance filled with sausage stuffing, turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce and pepper mayo.
Festival of Nations
Aug. 29 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 30 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, festivalofnationsstl.org
Tower Grove Park will become a global marketplace with more than 40 food booths featuring eats from around the world. Try Ethiopian dishes such as doro wat and injera or Filipino kebabs and more, and explore at 35 vendor booths selling African drums, hand-made saris and Turkish jewelry. Make sure you grab a copy of the latest Festival of Nations cookbook to travel the world in your kitchen, too.
Alton Food Truck Festival
Aug. 29 – 4 to 8 p.m., Liberty Bank Amphitheater, 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton, Illinois, libertybankamphitheater.com
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.
North City Farmers Market
Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Louis Avenue and North 14th Street, St. Louis, 314.241.5031 x102, northcityfarmersmarket.blogspot.com
Farmers markets abound in summer, but only one is situated across the street from the legendary Crown Candy Kitchen. The North City Farmers Market operates every Saturday, and while vendors vary from week to week, frequent shoppers can expect to find produce from MK Fruits and Veggies and 13th Street Community Garden, coffee from La Mancha Coffee and crafts from local artisans. Grab a Crown Candy milkshake and stroll, browse and buy local.