Celebrate community at St. Louis World’s Fare Aug. 17 to 19 in Forest Park

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Bring your appetite, dancing shoes and appreciation for heritage to the fifth annual St. Louis World’s Fare Aug. 17 to 19 at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park where attendees celebrate the St. Louis community from the first World’s Fair in 1904 to now.

Taste diverse offerings on Food Truck Row, which offers five different trucks rotating twice each day, including Farmtruk, Bombay Food Junkies, Sia’s Italian Ice, Essentially Fries, Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill and more, along with some food vendors in tents. In the pavilion, several specialized and vegetarian-style foods are available, as well as typical fair fare like corn dogs and funnel cakes.

Beverage vendors are scattered throughout the event, including the Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Biergarten, The Wandering Sidecar Bar Co. and Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery, a farm-to-bottle operation in Columbia, Illinois. Be on the lookout for festive 1904 World’s Fair-themed cocktails.

world's fair pavilion in forest park // photo courtesy of st. louis world's fare

If you want to get the party started early, check out the event’s launch dinner, billed Exposition: A Culinary Experience, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the World’s Fair Pavilion. Featuring chef Nate Hereford, the former executive chef of Niche, this whimsical dinner draws inspiration from food served at the first World’s Fair paired with cocktails from STL Barkeep’s Matt Longueville. Dishes includes a Missouri caviar waffle cone; fish crudo with summer melon, popcorn and puffed rice; and a pork dish with a Dr. Pepper jus served with cabbage and potatoes.  

Once you get your fill of food and drink, get your groove on with a wide variety of live music styles from artists like Old Souls Revival, Paige Alyssa, Apex Shrine, the Squarshers, Saint Boogie Brass Band and many more. Then, head over to the Artists Village to purchase wares from dozens of vendors, including Beatrice’s Traveling Boutique, Futhark Farm Soaps, River Rose Art, Mahnal Jewelry and more.

Attendees can also tag The Official Paint Louis Graffiti Wall, play yard games like Frisbee and giant Jenga, and try their hand at ax throwing. If that’s not enough to keep you entertained, take a ride on the ferris wheel or take a free class at the Yoga Sanctuary.

“We are very proud of our vendors, artists and the performing talent you will see throughout this weekend at the fair,” said Davide Weaver, president of the St. Louis World's Fare.

The festival runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday.

Natalie Archer is an editorial intern for Sauce Magazine.

Sauce Magazine is a sponsor of the St. Louis World's Fare.